John Berry: The Man Who Can Shut Down The Government

04/14/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON -- Dressed in flannel-lined blue jeans to guard against the chill, John Berry was in the second-floor bedroom of his Dupont Circle townhouse, about a mile from the White House, when he picked up the phone to make a call, minutes before the Super Bowl kickoff on Sunday evening.

Moments later, the word went out: the bulk of the 270,000 federal workers in and around the nation's capital did not have to report to work the next day.

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