It’s come to this: Sequestration forces cancellation of … White House tours

posted at 4:41 pm on March 5, 2013 by Allahpundit

I was prepared to laugh it off but then I found out they’re canceling tours at Joe Biden’s home too. Obviously it’s serious.

No, really, though, our president’s a joke:

The White House announced Tuesday that it was canceling all public tours of the president’s home because of the sequester spending cuts.

“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.

The Daily Caller’s right, of course, that this is a particularly ham-handed demonstration of the “Fireman First” approach to budget cuts — so ham-handed that I wonder if it’ll backfire on O. It’s an invitation to his critics to riff on what the executive branch could do without in lieu of torpedoing tours for the public. The most popular one on Twitter as I write this is cutting Air Force One’s expenses by having His Highness take a break from jetting around the country to campaign against the sequester. One less hour in the air means an extra $180,000 for tour guides. I prefer Jim Geraghty’s idea to furlough the White House chefs instead and let The One subsist on baloney sandwiches for awhile. The Tea Party Patriots have a thoughtful suggestion too: Instead of paying $50 million for new TSA uniforms, how about making airport security “stretch” the clothes they’ve got for another year just like so many American families have had to do during the golden age of Obamanomics?

There’s a problem with each of those options, though: They impose no pain on the public, which is the whole point of Obama’s sequester strategy. That’s why he rejected the GOP’s offer to grant him extra flexibility in deciding what to cut, that’s why Janet Napolitano decided to save money by easing off on immigration-law enforcement (with more to come!), that’s why not even something as petty as White House tours can be spared. If the public doesn’t end up suffering, in ways great or small, to remind them that the feds must never, ever cut spending unless Democrats approve, then he’s lost. Says Conn Carroll:

For perhaps the first time in the history of the United States, it is in the political interest of a president to inflict maximum pain on the American people. Obama could have spent the last 16 months preparing to mitigate sequestration’s impact on the American people, as any responsible manager would have. Instead, he has done the opposite, explicitly ordering government agencies not to prepare for the worst. And he has refused all Republican efforts to pass legislation that would minimize the sequester’s pain.

“The president understands that to get anything done, he needs a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Steve Israel,D-N.Y., told The Post “To have a legacy in 2016, he will need a House majority in 2014, and that work has to start now.”

Bearing that in mind, go read the e-mail at the Washington Times that an Agriculture Department got from higher up the chain when he asked what he could do to mitigate the effect of cuts. Exit quotation: “[I]t is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”

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louie gohmert gets it,

chasdal on March 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

“Barack, er Barry, who needs that trash around here anyway” — Michelle (with that lip of hers)

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

So his death won’t change anything, will it. Another dictator will just step in. Right?

bluealice on March 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Chávez was never sworn in for this term, so Diosdado Cabello (a Chávez ally and President of the National Assembly), will act as President until a new election can be called.

Nicolás Maduro, Chávez’s Vice President, will almost certainly run for President. He’s already out there blaming the U.S. for Hugorilla’s cancer. Henrique Capriles, the opposition candidate in last year’s election, will probably also run.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Now there will be elections in Venezuela, …meet the new leader, same as the…

percysunshine on March 5, 2013 at 5:22 PM

I heard on the local radio station out of Washington IN that people working at Crane Naval Depot Base will have their work cut back to 4 days a week.

Terrye on March 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Viva Venezuela libre!

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on March 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

HUGO CHAVEZ IS DEAD!

Rats. Nobody got him in Stoaty’s dead pool.

/kicks dirt

Bob's Kid on March 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

This is how you play the game!

Golden, but who thinks it will fly? Not with the dc bunch we have!
L

letget on March 5, 2013 at 5:24 PM

This tour cancellation news seems like it could be great new fodder for SNL.

mdavt on March 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

I am still obviously in shock…the White House didn’t release figures stating how much this was going to save did they?

weaselyone on March 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

It should be pretty easy to confirm whether the staff that conducts the WH tours has been laid off. I rather doubt it.

jdp629 on March 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Golden, but who thinks it will fly? Not with the dc bunch we have!
L

letget on March 5, 2013 at 5:24 PM

No, but you just gotta luv Gohmert.

MontanaMmmm on March 5, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Just cut Moochelle’s travel budget to save the tours.

Tater Salad on March 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Obama is not only showing the world what a thug he’s always been. He is showing the world his innards.

World and US people laugh at the narcissistic Lilliputian thug.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Que the next dictator in Venna-hah-Zuu-way-lah.

PappyD61 on March 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM

chasdal on March 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Good to see we have different sources getting the word out, funny stuff.
Keep at it Louie.

MontanaMmmm on March 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM

No, really, though, our president’s a joke

No more vacations for Michelle or Obama.
No more golf.

albill on March 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM

For all the unfair grief California gets in these comments, this is something that California could be criticized for, the exact same “firemen first” strategy. Budget cuts always meant closed parks and dramatic college tuition hikes before anything else here. Because it’s easier to try to convince voters austerity is here than to actually clean house and cut what makes fiscal sense.

calbear on March 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Waaaa, I didn’t get my way and now I’m going to jack with the tourists! That’ll show those Republicans! Like I’ve been saying, the man is insane. What’s next, putting lead back in the paint used on children’s toys?

scalleywag on March 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

It’s a start . . . now, cut all the multimillion dollar vacations and the rest of the boondoggles that family generates.

rplat on March 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Saint Hugo of Caracas push to start by CNN and AP in 5…4….

Remember, don’t discount the insane.

The Onion is writing today’s real headlines.

PappyD61 on March 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

No more vacations for Michelle or Obama.
No more golf.

albill on March 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM

There’s a reason he hired those expensive golf coaches before all this hit the fan. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he hops on AFOne and heads to FL for some more rounds, seeing as how there’s a snowstorm coming and he may actually get his wittle toes wet.

scalleywag on March 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

They ought to put a big tent over the White House and charge admission to watch the Ringmaster in Chief.

scalleywag on March 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Such a petty, small, evil man.

tom daschle concerned on March 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM

His Administration becomes more transparent every day. I just hope more people see through it.

cruadin on March 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Update: Brutal

No kidding. The same OFA who is urging greedy millionaires & billionaires to donate $500,000 in protection money to get access to Lord Obama sent out this email (via Stephanie “Romney’s a Felon” Cutter). These shameless Airforce One hypocrites have the gall to add a new crime against the state and attack vacation homes?? No doubt all the Democrat donors with vacation homes in the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, Vail, Hawaii, and other locations favored by Democrat donors (and even the Obama’s themselves) are in full self-flagellation mode as penance for the shame of owning vacation homes. I look forward to news of the Royal Family’s plan for summer vacation. 4 more years!

Buy Danish on March 5, 2013 at 6:09 PM

“Barack, er Barry, who needs that trash around here anyway” — Michelle (with that lip of hers)

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Schad has touched on the heart of this issue. It is reminiscent of Harry Reed’s comments about those smelly tourists visiting the Capitol. These jerks do not want the riffraff traipsing through their house – forgetting that it is NOT their house but that of the People!!!

honsy on March 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM

they should cut out the press conferences and vacations also, and any legilative action for the next 4 years. save a lot of money by keeping the pols from meeting.

la.rt.wngr on March 5, 2013 at 6:47 PM

There were plenty of less-than-conservative policy stands and gaffish statements to be concerned about during the past election, but does anyone seriously believe President Romney would have played this kind of political game??

AesopFan on March 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Even in a blame the republicans game, I am not sure that the flotus and kids Life styles of the Rich and Famous vacations will look so good out in the celebrity media, when others are being paraded around as “suffering.” Especially when $180,000 an HOUR could solve a lot of their own government employees problems. And the tours are cancelled at the White House!

Nope, the only answer. Cancel all luxury tours for flotus and kids and let them make due with Camp David, or a vacation in driving distance, or even home to Chicago is not unreasonable; and expenses that can come out of Michelle’s own pocketbook. The trouble with her own money is that once it’s spent it’s gone.

When your kids have a fight sometimes they do this thing. They show you how their sibling hit them, and they hit themselves again. He hit me like this ! Why am I thinking this is Obama, he must have been a whiney miserable kid.

Fleuries on March 5, 2013 at 7:31 PM

It’s come to this: Sequestration forces cancellation of … White House tours

…oh gee…and I wanted to go so much…so I could see Mooch eat!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Heh! Obysmal may be foiled via a CR amendment.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/342244/congressman-no-golf-obama-until-wh-tours-resume-andrew-stiles

onlineanalyst on March 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

$50 million for new TSA unis
$50 million for new TSA unis
$50 million for new TSA unis
$50 million for new TSA unis

Nothing to show off the people’s house. To the people.

Nice set of values working there !

Jabberwock on March 5, 2013 at 8:04 PM

I can’t believe I’m saying this, I HATE THIS MAN.

Such a petty small person.

I hope our country can survive him.

Barred on March 5, 2013 at 8:11 PM

I’m curious if the White House smells like fried chicken or Beagle?

Polish Rifle on March 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Don’t forget, this is the President of the United States behaving like this.

rogerb on March 5, 2013 at 8:52 PM

I can’t believe I’m saying this, I HATE THIS MAN.

Such a petty small person.

I hope our country can survive him.

Barred on March 5, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Sadly it can’t.

oceansidecon on March 5, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Why don’t they just change the locks on the fridges. That’ll surely reduce the need for tour cancellations.

can_con on March 5, 2013 at 9:13 PM

I believe the WH tour guides are VOLUNTEERS.

Call every rep and senator – especially the Dems – this will backfire if we raise Hell. Capitol Hill switchboard is 202-224-3121.

matthew8787 on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

the White House tours are done by volunteers ….LOL

Aggie95 on March 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

If this backfires how much you want to bet it’ll be a female staff person who takes the fall.

JellyToast on March 5, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Tours cancelled due to “staff reductions.”

Number of staff laid off or furloughed: NONE.

You do the math.

Adjoran on March 5, 2013 at 11:21 PM

This is an absolute farce.

Way to go all you brainless idiots who voted for this POS, every day is a disgrace.

WisCon on March 5, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Who would have thought that when Obama said “transparent” he really meant “invisible”?

WestTexasBirdDog on March 6, 2013 at 12:15 AM

All frustrated WH visitors need to thank Obama.

It’s being done for their own good.

As is the crippling national debt.

Thank him or he may delay their government goodies next.

Suckers.

profitsbeard on March 6, 2013 at 3:36 AM

Somehow Jefferson was able to allow for White House tours when Federal revenue was $11 million. Adjusted for inflation , that’s about $200 million, or less than .01 of our current revenue. Maybe we need to mail Easter eggs to the White House, just in case that in in jeopardy too.

weffie on March 6, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Really, really?? Who the hell wants to visit the White House while Obama is President?
He is only hurting those who love him the most…..

I would say please keep the WhitE hOuse closed until we can get a real President back in there.

redguy on March 6, 2013 at 8:32 AM

The real comedy is that the White House tours were conducted by UNPAID volunteers.

PJ Emeritus on March 6, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Maybe we should show up and demand entrance to OUR house! I know knives aren’t allowed, but maybe they’ll let us in with pitchforks and torches, instead!

GWB on March 6, 2013 at 9:44 AM

And the LIES keep adding up:
o Pink slips are going out to teachers TODAY — LIE!
o People are waiting in longer lines / flights are delayed at airports — LIE!
o The 5% cut in TSA budget will result in 200% longer lines (Nepolitano) — LIE!
o WH Janitors having to take pay cuts TODAY (Obama) – LIE!
o WH Tours are being cut – LIE! WH Tours are given by volunteers & do not cost the govt a dime!

HOLY CR@P! WHEN are the American people going to get tired or & cease to put up with the constant streaming LIES coming out of the mouths of thie President & his administration?! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

easyt65 on March 6, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Call it what it is bullshit. The people’s house closed because of 2cents on the dollar spending cut! Obama’s administration has no leadership. They are in it for fear mongering to get their way. Enough is enough! What about Obama’s vacation at $1.2billion last year. If he has not appointed himself a King I don’t know what you would call it. Shame on all the Democrats and the Congress that is allowing this to happen.

karlinsync on March 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Remember how those State Dept skanks “lost their jobs” over Benghazi ..?

You can expect that the “laid off” tour guides will be handling housekeeping chores for visitors on the $500,000 Spring Break Package.

/.

CaveatEmpty on March 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Obama’s administration has no leadership.
karlinsync on March 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

El prezuhDent, has no mas pantalones.

avagreen on March 6, 2013 at 12:03 PM

The Obama regime is also going to delay plowing open certain entrances to Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks by about a month supposedly due to sequestration budget cuts. The amounts saved will be in the neighborhood of $150,000-300,000. The month’s loss of entrance fee revenue will be in the neighborhood of $750-1,000,000.

kd6rxl on March 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Um… I heard that the personnel doing the WH tours are volunteers. I may be wrong but does anybody have any more information on this?

RedbonePro on March 6, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Whats going on here. In chronological order WH said the tours save 18K each week, CNN News said 38K each week, ABC News said 74K. Then Yahoo and Politico must read ABC News because they parrots the same 74K.
Does any one know or really care? Maybe the whole deal here is just to get everyone up set about budget cuts and has nothing to do with reality or the truth.

MissTwiLies Run & Hide CYA
(Misleading, Twists and Lies)

jpcpt03 on March 7, 2013 at 10:37 PM

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