So as long as we're on the roll of blaming Obama for the decisions people who he hired make, Obama's Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazaar has announced the re-opening of the Statue of Liberty's crown beginning July 4!!! Thank you President Obama!! I plan to be one of the first people to visit the crown on July 4. I never got to do this as a kid. Statue of Liberty crown to reopen July 4th - 5/08/09 - New York News and Tri-State News - 7online.com NEW YORK -- The Statue of Liberty's crown, with its exhilarating view of New York's skyscrapers, bridges and seaport, is reopening on Independence Day for the first time since terrorists leveled the World Trade Center just across the harbor. Safety and security issues have been addressed and 50,000 people, 10 at a time, will get to visit the 265-foot-high crown in the next two years before it is closed again for renovation, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday. "On July 4, we are giving America a special gift," Salazar said at a news conference on nearby Ellis Island. "For the first time in nearly eight years we will once again be able to have one of the most awesome experiences in the world." Interior Department officials said they had not yet determined how to choose who climbs to the top. Spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said a lottery is one possibility. Salazar "wants the tickets to be distributed not based on your connections but in a fair and equitable way," she said.