Wednesday, March 6, 2013

White House Tours Stopped POTUS Blames Sequester

The White House announced it will cancel all public tours due to sequestration cuts, TPM reported Tuesday.

"Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House Tours will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule affected tours," the White House said in an email.

Staffers at the Capitol were also informed Tuesday that the building's West Front entrance will be closed starting next week to save money, the Washington Times reported.

In January, President Barack Obama made headlines the day after his second inauguration, when he and first lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance along the White House tour route. With the tours canceled, those wanting an inside look at the president's home will have to settle for an online interactive view of the White House.

Cedar's Take: Best I recall the tour guides are volunteers.

I can't imagine why the White House Staff can't another way to make some cuts and save some money.

Clearly this is political grandstanding. 

The President knows that congress gives the tour passes away to constituents and this is just a way to punish congress for their transgressions.


Anonymous said...

I agree that it's political grandstanding, but there was a report that they were cutting back the Secret Service hours to reduce OT costs, so the SS required along the tour were the financial issue claimed, not volunteers.

I'd like to see the time sheets and payroll before and after.

If you can still contact your congressional reps for a tour, then they would have to be staffed for those special people who are chosen to enter. And probably no foreigners. Stupid decision.

Anonymous said...

The White House Heritage Foundation provides the tour guides they are unpaid volunteers.

I'd guess the cost of the tour is having the four or five "suits" in each room the tour visits and the sceening process at the gate and just inside the east wing.

We all know it is just Obama flipping the bird at congress. That is how big of an ass he has become.

The bigger point is we are in a hell of a mess. Just think we really need to cut about 50% to get on a track to end the federal debt in 75 years.

HDLadee said...

OK folks just an FYI ~ ALL TOUR GUIDES in the White House are VOLUNTEERS! NONE are we know that it is NOT due to the sequester....Can't believe the lies this usurper in our White House puts out!

Anonymous said...

We could end the debt in a month. All Congress has to do is stop sending our money over seas that is called FOREIGN AID. After we return our bank accounts to normalcy then we can start helping those poor innocent people who kill each other just because they feel like it,
Sounds pretty simple to me.

Anonymous said...

For example: That stupid ass john kerry gives up over 200 million for the wars in the sand to continue. And old potus cancels tours for the white house which dont costs a dime. The suits get paid anyway, no matter where they are posted or what they are doing.

Anonymous said...

Can you not see it coming? The Royal Palace?? I will probably get killed for speaking my peace/piece for peace, but throw everyone out of our house/home, this is not just about shutting down tours, but much more and Lord help us all!