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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antipc on March 5, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Obama’s Sequestration is hurting the nation!

Galt2009 on March 5, 2013 at 4:44 PM

What a small petty little man he is.

gophergirl on March 5, 2013 at 4:45 PM

an evil disgraceful man.

envycat on March 5, 2013 at 4:46 PM

$250 MILLION going to the USA hating – Muslim Brotherhood in Eygpt more important.

FlaMurph on March 5, 2013 at 4:46 PM

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

Obama fans hardest hit.

Lily on March 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

But the Obamas need Air Force One and chefs. They’re way cooler than you and I and they’re entitled to them.

Drained Brain on March 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

What a horse’s ass.

squint on March 5, 2013 at 4:48 PM

And there was much rejoicing…

CycloneCDB on March 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

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?

We need to have the Tea Party, talk radio hosts, and elected Republicans alike keeping track of these superfluous expenditures to illustrate how hypocritical the Obama regime is being(in addition to petty and childish). We’re giving hundreds of millions to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and $50 million to the TSA for new uniforms instead of keeping illegal aliens locked up and the White House tours in operation? That’ll go over with the American people like a lead balloon.

Doughboy on March 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

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.

I would be worried about the shotgun blast through the door on this tour.

WashJeff on March 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

“The president understands that to get anything done, he needs a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives,”
.

“To have a legacy in 2016, he will need a House majority in 2014, and that work has to start now.”

.
So HE DOES want to be a Dictator……. after all.

President Transparency Revenge Bi-Partisan Indeed !

FlaMurph on March 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Sometimes people jump the shark and don’t even realize it.

percysunshine on March 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM

any truth to the rumor that Obama will be bronzed and put on permanent display on Lincoln’s lap?

BobMbx on March 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

We need to have the Tea Party, talk radio hosts, and elected Republicans alike keeping track of these superfluous expenditures to illustrate how hypocritical the Obama regime is being(in addition to petty and childish). We’re giving hundreds of millions to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and $50 million to the TSA for new uniforms instead of keeping illegal aliens locked up and the White House tours in operation? That’ll go over with the American people like a lead balloon.

Doughboy on March 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Like the golf trip that could have saved 341 federal workers?

gophergirl on March 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

In other news…

White House visitor logs to be discontinued now that the names of actual visitors to the President and his staff cannot be hidden amongst the 1,000s of tourists visiting the White House.

/s

weaselyone on March 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM

You’ll know this is serious when they have to curtail bussing people in for photo-ops and spontaneous demonstrations.

Lily on March 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Lame is as lame does. This “president” keeps finding new lows.

SteveInRTP on March 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Like the golf trip that could have saved 341 federal workers?

gophergirl on March 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

That’s another example. There are I’m certain hundreds if not thousands of them that can be highlighted. Hell, Porkulus alone provided endless examples of wasteful spending.

Doughboy on March 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

The Petulant President.

kingsjester on March 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

what a petty horse’s ass

Oh well, I guess the Al Roker Memorial Shart Hall is off limits until taxes are raised. And the Willie Nelson bong vista too.

DanMan on March 5, 2013 at 4:55 PM

HUGO CHAVEZ IS DEAD!!!!!!!!

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 4:55 PM

LIVE PRESS CONFERENCE IN VENEZUELA BEING COVERED BY UNIVISION

HUGO CHAVEZ IS DEAD!

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Sheesh.

El_Terrible, thanks for the news.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Hell, Porkulus alone provided endless examples of wasteful spending.

Didn’t we see a reference last week he still had $200 billion of it still waiting to be spent?

DanMan on March 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

El_Terrible, what is your source?

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

“Obamaquester”

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Canceling a self-guided tour saves how much? $50 million in TSA uniforms you say? Wow, what an awesome deal.

SteveInRTP on March 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Is Sean Penn named his successor, yet?

kingsjester on March 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Sorry for yelling, we’ve gotten so many false alarms… I thought Chavez would outlive us all.

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM

It’s OUR White House, but whatever … in the age of obama, only liberals and muslim terrorists want to tour the White House, so, what difference does it make?

Pork-Chop on March 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM

How convenient.

Logus on March 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM

LIVE PRESS CONFERENCE IN VENEZUELA BEING COVERED BY UNIVISION

HUGO CHAVEZ IS DEAD!

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

I guess Dennis Rodman will have to cancel his trip to Venezuela…

weaselyone on March 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Your king/queen.

Bmore, post the Marie Antoinette photoshop. If the tours are closed, at least people can see it here.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Didn’t we see a reference last week he still had $200 billion of it still waiting to be spent?

DanMan on March 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Well, Obama needs to get out the vote in 2014. That’s gonna cost a lot of money.

Doughboy on March 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM

What a small petty little man he is.

gophergirl on March 5, 2013 at 4:45 PM

My initial thought exactly.

22044 on March 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Obama and Napolitano, the national criminals in charge, will release 5000 criminal illegal aliens….but Napolitano ordered 50 million worth of new uniforms for the TSA.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM

El_Terrible, what is your source?

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

He said Univision.

Wolfie just mentioned it on CNN as well. He also cited Uni.

Del Dolemonte on March 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Chavez is dead?! NICE!

Stoic Patriot on March 5, 2013 at 5:01 PM

I think I smell sulphur…

d1carter on March 5, 2013 at 5:01 PM

…they’re canceling tours at Joe Biden’s home too.

AKA Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on March 5, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Thanks Del. Drudge has siren going.

————–
Please spread this around and hold your elected scum accountable. They forget that they’re supposed to serve YOU.

Thugs run the land, charlatanic thugs.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:02 PM

White House closed to tours indefinitely in mourning of the passing of Hugo Chavez.

weaselyone on March 5, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Hugo Chávez duerme con los peces.

Curtiss on March 5, 2013 at 5:02 PM

I guess its not the People’s house anymore… a new high in lows…

Khun Joe on March 5, 2013 at 5:02 PM

People can just tour nearby St. Elizabeth’s instead and probably find more sane people there.

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 5:02 PM

How petty. I hope the GOP absolutely makes the 2014 election a blow out. Get rid of Boehner as Speaker!

terryannonline on March 5, 2013 at 5:02 PM

HUGO CHAVEZ IS DEAD!

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Cheers!

JimLennon on March 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Press conference in Venezuela ends with fists in the air yelling “Viva Chavez”

Hugo Chavez still dead though… wondering if he died a while ago like was reported last week.

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

O’bama to order all US Flags to be flown at half staff in 3…2…1…

And he kicked the bucket 60 years to the day after Joe Stalin died.

Del Dolemonte on March 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

And just how much with Obama spend on his glorious send off for fellow travelor Hugo Chavez?

Curtiss on March 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Meanwhile sequestration has resulted in a sudden spike in global warming that has caused in blizzard in my area and therefore canceled hundreds of flights out of Chicago.

JimLennon on March 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM

On Chavez’ death

Now for the Castros and a few others!

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Press conference in Venezuela ends with fists in the air yelling “Viva Chavez”

Hugo Chavez still dead though… wondering if he died a while ago like was reported last week.

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

They couldn’t hide the smell any longer.

SteveInRTP on March 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Obama to blame Sequestration for Chavez’ death in 3…. 2….

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

HUGO CHAVEZ IS DEAD!

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Which one? Ours or Venezuela’s?

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

And he kicked the bucket 60 years to the day after Joe Stalin died.

Del Dolemonte on March 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Del, you are a national treasure (trove) :)

Hat tip to you, with baton, et all.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

How about we make cuts in Michelle Obama’s television appearances?

terryannonline on March 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Been a while but I have to admit that the tour wasn’t all that special anyway…maybe he needs to look around and find the millions of other things that aren’t all that special…

btw I have a kitten in a tree…the fire dept tells me it’s going to be a few days…

teejk on March 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Meanwhile sequestration has resulted in a sudden spike in global warming that has caused in blizzard in my area and therefore canceled hundreds of flights out of Chicago.

JimLennon on March 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM

The Weather Channel has already named it “Saturn”.

Del Dolemonte on March 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Obama to blame Sequestration for Chavez’ death in 3…. 2….

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

That could backfire. Suddenly Americans will demand more spending cuts as that could lead to the passing of Ahmadinejad, Castro, and Kim Jong-Un.

Doughboy on March 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

So he’s officially sulking now?

JeremiahJohnson on March 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Michael Moore and Sean Penn to mourn the thug in 3, 2, 1.

Irony of all ironies, Venezuala has no healthcare system to even treat its swine and the Cuban one ain’t saved him either.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM

For a donation of $500,000.00 you can meet with the president 4 time a year. Go to Detroit or East Saint Louis or Gary, Indiana. Same thing only cheaper. Just some of the ideas from other sites than ran this story hours ago. AP may have been at church when this story broke.

RickinNH on March 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM

O’bama to order all US Flags to be flown at half staff in 3…2…1…

Del Dolemonte on March 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Biden will fly his pants at half staff and fire a 21 gun salute with a shotgun through a closed door.

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM

a

ny truth to the rumor that Obama will be bronzed and put on permanent display on Lincoln’s lap?

BobMbx on March 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

That would be face down, right?
I know I shouldn’t have but it was just too good to pass up.

chemman on March 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Sometimes people jump the shark and don’t even realize it.

percysunshine on March 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Your king/queen.

Bmore, post the Marie Antoinette photoshop. If the tours are closed, at least people can see it here.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Paging Bmore….
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qI3s3Re9mP0/TIa4MrjmSyI/AAAAAAAADuE/pKXqM9gu2Zg/s1600/fonzie.bmp

MontanaMmmm on March 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I think drudge just posted that Hugo Chavez is dead.

Please take note of my sad face. (:))

ted c on March 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM

The leftist rich can dig into their pockets and reopen the WH tours.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM

You say: Uhhh… I’m Hugo Chavez. I’m a really important guy. I’m the leader…

I say: Buh-bye…

JohnGalt23 on March 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM

How about we make cuts in Michelle Obama’s television appearances?

terryannonline on March 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Or cut her 20,000 calorie a day diet in half?

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

The Petulant President.

kingsjester on March 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Yes. This is a temper tantrum.

Jeff Weimer on March 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 5:03 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

O’bama to order all US Flags to be flown at half staff in 3…2…1…

Del Dolemonte on March 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

I will be filling my SUV to a half tank in honor of Hugo…

weaselyone on March 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Because of this horrible sequestration, I recommend that Obama’s automaton be removed from Disney’s Hall of Presidents.

kingsjester on March 5, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Maybe I’ll watch the Parks & Recreation episode where Chavez’s ambassadors try to bribe Leslie into saying “Viva Chavez.”

God bless & keep freedom-loving Venezuelans.

22044 on March 5, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Una siesta en la tierra para Hugo.

Curtiss on March 5, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Another dictator will just step in. Right?

bluealice on March 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

If the people are that stupid…in which case they’ll deserve him. It’s a “democracy”, as the leftists say, same as in Egypt, which Kerry said yesterday that he likes.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Sequestration forces cancellation of … White House tours

So, by extrapolation, actual budget cuts would force cancellation of this administration.

As Billy Ayers once said, “We didn’t do enough.”

locomotivebreath1901 on March 5, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Perhaps they could close the WH Situation Room, as it remains unused except for the occasional photo op. Better yet, just open it from 8am-5pm.

STL_Vet on March 5, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Una siesta en la tierra para Hugo.

Curtiss on March 5, 2013 at 5:11 PM

I hope the ants began to feast on the corpulent dictator when he was still alive.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:12 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

Univision is reporting that there will be some debate/controversy over who takes his place.. Some legal stuff, some dictator stuff about Chavez was supposed to choose successor or something…

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 5:12 PM

CNN is busily praising Chavez and his “legacy”…they’re shoveling with as many hands as they can enlist.

Del Dolemonte on March 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

I’ll lay even money that the White House tours stop but the tour guides will still get paid…

supersport667 on March 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Elections may be held in Venezuela before April 7 to choose replacement

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Jagoff

Philly on March 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

The daily presser may be canceled too. Unless, of course, the White House Press Corps wants to pay for access like everyone else. Sort of a Presser PayGo plan.

Curtiss on March 5, 2013 at 5:14 PM

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Is Sean Penn named his successor, yet?

kingsjester on March 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

As Spikoli would say in Fast Times…

“And they were’ Bogus too”

ToddPA on March 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

O’bama to order all US Flags to be flown at half staff in 3…2…1…

Del Dolemonte on March 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

I will be filling my SUV to a half tank in honor of Hugo…

weaselyone on March 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

No doubt CNN is frantically trying to find Chavez Groupie Joe Kennedy II for a wet kiss sound bite.

You know him, he regularly praises Hugo in his ads for his Citizens’ Energy Group in MA.

Del Dolemonte on March 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

What next? No Wagyu Beef?

kingsjester on March 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

It was The Sequester, not cancer, that finally got Chávez.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

O bama
F lukes
A merica

donors auctioning off visitation hours, as we write.

Harlots voted for the Harlot in Chief. What a country!!!

Woodward is the underappreciated man of the hour. History will prove him the subdued D man who exposed the Lilliputian thug.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I hope the ants began to feast on the corpulent dictator when he was still alive.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:12 PM

You’re a real meanie.

Curtiss on March 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I thought it was the people’s house. I guess O thinks he owns it.

College Prof on March 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

What a small petty little man he is.

gophergirl on March 5, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Well said.

The White House announced Tuesday that it was canceling all public tours of the president’s home

Michelle Antoinette and King Barry XVI can now party in peace with the Hollywood elite 1%ers.

MichaelGabriel on March 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Sec of State Dennis Rodman will lead the US delegation to Caracas?

PappyD61 on March 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

What next? No Wagyu Beef?

kingsjester on March 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

No more lobsters for Michelle

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

College Prof on March 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Evidently, he and the late, unlamented dictator have a lot in common.

kingsjester on March 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

You’re a real meanie.

Curtiss on March 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Hah, you made my nom’s day!!!

Sec of State Dennis Rodman will lead the US delegation to Caracas?

PappyD61 on March 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Thanks for the smirk.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:18 PM

I hope to goodness it is true that chevez is dead! May many, many more just like him get the ‘smell of sulfur’ for as long as God wills it!

As for bho/mo/jarrett not letting us in OUR HOUSE, they just don’t want the ‘unwashed, lesser than us’ in?
L

letget on March 5, 2013 at 5:19 PM

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