President Barack Obama made the short trip from the White House to the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday to make clear that national parks and monuments are open for business.
A deal Friday night between the White House and congressional
leaders avoided a government shutdown that would have closed
popular tourist sites across the country.
He said "that's the kind of future cooperation I hope we have going forward."
The president shook hands with visitors at the memorial on the National Mall and made brief remarks.
He said the memorial remained open because Congress settled its differences.
He told the crowd that "this is what America is all about - everybody from different places enjoying those things that bind us together."
Earlier, the president signed a short-term spending bill to pay
for federal operations through Friday.
The measure is needed to keep the government open long enough for Congress to sign off on the budget deal.
That deal keeps the government open through the remaining six months in the 2011 budget year, while cutting $38.5 billion.