Fox News anchor offers to save White House tours, with his wallet

posted at 9:41 pm on March 7, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

As long as we’re shark-jumping, President Obama, let’s pole vault these suckers, shall we?

The White House’s transparently petty decision to inflict sequester’s pain on America’s middle-schoolers (as if those years aren’t tough enough) revealed its sequestration doomsaying as silly and its post-doomsaying behavior as spiteful. In a rare good PR turn for Republicans, what was meant to make them look like heartless meanies has held the White House up for ridicule for its utter unwillingness to prioritize. Upon hearing the estimates that the White House’s cancellation of tours might save the administration $18,000-$72,000 a week, Fox News anchor Eric Bolling— I’m sure they’re fans at the White House— decided to come to the aid of The Children.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, anchor Eric Bolling announced that he will offer to personally pay the costs to keep the tours at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue open for a week.

During Thursday evening’s episode of “The Five,” Bolling elaborated. “I will absolutely write the check if they open the doors next week.”

“I’ll make you a deal Mr. President…Let these families take their White House tours next week and I’ll cover the added expenses. Word is it will cost around $74,000.”

Referencing White House press secretary Jay Carney, the Fox host added: “Mr Carney, you know this an offer you can’t refuse. Give me a call.”

Grab your popcorn, everyone, and the kids of St. Paul’s Lutheran School, grab your bags:

Meanwhile, the sequester saga is ongoing, as Carney assures us today that while White House tours are out, the White House Easter Egg Roll is safe:

“I would refer both to the East Wing and the Secret Service, but it’s my understanding that as of now, the decision has been made that the Easter Egg Roll will go forward,” Carney said.

On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced it was canceling tours of the White House indefinitely due to “staffing reductions resulting from sequestration.”

Asked why the Easter Egg Roll would continue when tours had been canceled, Carney characterized the decision as similar to “choices you make all the time” about budget issues.

“This is about trade-offs. Because when you have the kind of severe cuts that the sequester represents, you have to reduce your budget accordingly. And then you have to make choices about what you do and what you don’t,” Carney said.

Earlier in his briefing with reporters, Carney defended the decision to cancel the tours, saying it was emblematic of the tough decisions forced by the sequester.

Yes, it is about trade-offs. The Easter Egg Roll is a one-time event, so is no doubt cheaper than weekly tours. It’s also a small event, with a lottery system for commoners, and a bunch of appearances by the progeny of government staffers, political appointees, lobbyists, and visiting Hollywood stars. I’m sure the Reese Witherspoon photo-ops (and she did look fab!) have nothing to do with its being spared while the tours for the hoi polloi are jettisoned.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2

Has verbaluce blamed Bush yet?

rogerb on March 8, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Surely we can cut Dept of Agriculture advertising budget for food stamp program. In NYC, they advertised on Rush’s show, WABC 770AM. Will liberals agree to boycott this sponsor?

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — More than one in seven Americans are on food stamps, but the federal government wants even more people to sign up for the safety net program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been running radio ads for the past four months encouraging those eligible to enroll. The campaign is targeted at the elderly, working poor, the unemployed and Hispanics.

The department is spending between $2.5 million and $3 million on paid spots, and free public service announcements are also airing. The campaign can be heard in California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and the New York metro area.

monalisa on March 8, 2013 at 7:49 AM

Ask Obamas’ Dirty Dozen (that he had for dinner at the Jefferson Hotel) to chip in to pay for it.

Come on, that’s probably the bar tab for Obama’s Dinner guests.

PappyD61 on March 8, 2013 at 8:08 AM

I grew up in Havre De Grace. Steeped in history.

wolly4321 on March 7, 2013 at 11:04 PM

I always wanted one of the houses overlooking the river.

katy the mean old lady on March 8, 2013 at 8:33 AM

…estimates that the White House’s cancellation of tours might save the administration $18,000-$72,000 a week

I wonder how many freebie Obamaphones that translates into?

GreatCommunicator on March 8, 2013 at 8:38 AM

When I heard the savings figure of $18,000 a week, I thought, jeez, the First Lady craps more than that every week. Then I thought, that’s really rude and disrespectful; I’m not going to write that. And then I thought, well, when you do the math, that’s probably pretty close.

Paul-Cincy on March 8, 2013 at 8:43 AM

And I bet Eric won’t even need a night in the Lincoln bedroom.

Nice charitable deduction, too :)

ProfShadow on March 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Excellent play, Eric! You too, Sean.

petefrt on March 8, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Sorry, fail.

The Anti-deficiency Act prohibits unrecompensed services. Mr. Bolling can make a donation to the Federal Goivernment as a whole, but he is legally prohibited from funding a specific activity.

Nice optics, tho.

Cricket624 on March 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM

I’d suggest Barack Obama jumped the shark long ago:

Barack Obama Jumps the Shark and lands on the Wedding Cake!

http://www.imperfectamerica.com

imperfectamerica on March 8, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Has verbaluce blamed Bush yet?

rogerb on March 8, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Ha.
On another thread, I just pointed out this seems to be the sole retort rogerb is capable of…that you can’t mention Bush in any discussion without getting that kneejerk reply.
But proven here…you don’t have to say anything at all really.
#Obsessed.

verbaluce on March 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM

On another thread, I just pointed out this seems to be the sole retort rogerb is capable of…
 
verbaluce on March 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM

 
BTW, you really suck at this:
 

but would he have been up there doing a long talk about wiretaps under Bush/Cheney?
 
verbaluce on March 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM

 
Note the time stamp. Different thread, and one you BOOOSHED! two days ago. Please try and keep up with what you write.
 
This is why people laugh at you or skip your posts.
 
Or worse, realize you’re a typical Obama supporter.
 
#makingfunof
 
(Did I do your trendy pop culture crap right?)

rogerb on March 8, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Another sequester lie…Clip was featured on Rush’s show yesterday…video at link.

” Rep Harris is discussing the sequester cuts in the rate of growth with the CDC Director. He basically gets the CDC to admit that under Teh One’s proposed budget, last year, they would have got around a $50,000,000 cut. In the sequester, $30,000,000. He also gets him to admit they were able to find work arounds for the $50,000,000 cut, but are not sure they will be able to for a $30,000,000 cut…”

Watch the video.

http://patterico.com/

workingclass artist on March 8, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Where are all the lawyers? Surely we don’t have a shortage? I would think if someone can sue over hot coffee, there’s got to be someone who would sue the White House for blocking access to the people’s house.

Nutstuyu on March 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

“This is about trade-offs. Because when you have the kind of severe cuts that the sequester represents, you have to reduce your budget accordingly. And then you have to make choices about what you do and what you don’t,” Carney said.

Without even addressing the lie in the second sentence, my very first response was, “That’s what the he11 we’ve been saying!”

GWB on March 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM

rogerb on March 8, 2013 at 9:32 AM

You’re starting to go off the rails a bit.
The game of grabing quotes and misplacing/suggesting context…all to prove…what exactly? That you don’t like me or something?
It’s weird.
Maybe you need a new trick?
Or maybe just try engaging with less spittle and outrage.

Did I do your trendy pop culture crap right?

Yes..yes you did my ‘trendy pop culture crap’ correctly.

verbaluce on March 8, 2013 at 10:04 AM

verbaluce on March 8, 2013 at 10:04 AM

You get very upset when you get caught. You should relax more.

katy the mean old lady on March 8, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Yet there is still $$ in the sequester budget for the Obama’s annual trek to 1%ville.

ctmom on March 8, 2013 at 10:25 AM

I appreciate these guys stepping up to pick up the tab for the White House tours but I can’t help feeling that it will only encourage the reckless spending spree. When they know people will step in to do the right thing when they won’t, how does this discourage them from spending taxpayers dollars as THEY please? It won’t embarrass or shame them one bit knowing the money will come from responsible, generous private citizens – it will only free them to continue on their path.

underdog on March 8, 2013 at 10:47 AM

So where are all those “Patriotic Millionaires” who took out full page ads and were interviewed for every MSM “news program” saying they want to give more to the government – oh, and the government should force the rest of us to do so, too?

Here’s a chance for them to put their money where their mouth is. Wanna bet that it wouldn’t be enough to fill a tin cup?

in_awe on March 8, 2013 at 11:02 AM

What a great idea! Here’s another one.

Dems are very effective in the use of short, easily understandable talking points. While they get the vastly unfair advantage of the media’s help in spreading their manure, even the GOP could get their word out, if the message is something the press can understand.

So…how long does it take the US Government to spend $70k? Well, the generally accepted figure is $6.85M per minute, or $114,000 per second. so the amount it takes to run the White House tours for a week, comes to somewhere around ONE HALF OF A SECOND!

If you take Carney at his word (LMFAO), he said Obama made a conscious decision to screw school chldren over for a half second of savings. So here’s the blurb:

“OBAMA TO CHILDREN: ‘YOU’RE NOT WORTH HALF A SECOND!’”

Hey, he’d do it to us…fight fire with fire.

Kenz on March 8, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Note to Roger Ailes:

We all know Liberals see Obama as the Messsiah, so let’s ask, “WWOD?”.

Were the shoe on the other foot, he’d surround himself with sobbibg children and stage an event for the press.

Well, Roger, you ARE the press. For one day (VERY SOON!), close the New York operation except for The O’Rielly Factor (or next highest rated), and do the all of the other shows from DC. O’Rielly would do his show live and throw to Bolling in DC to set up and show footage of the event.

Here’s teh event: During the afternoon when foot traffic is highest, put EVERY, SINGLE FOX ON-AIR PERSONALITY BASED IN THE US in front of the White House, surrounded by smiling children holding pictures of the White House, the Constitution or Obama. Each Fox person should be holding one of those giant golf tournament checks in the amount of $72k, made out to the President, or his Organizing for America campaign arm. Of course, each check should read “For White House Tours ONLY”,in the memo line. The on-air personalities would hand their checks to a kid, who, in turn, will present it to an Administration official, one by one. How could Jay Carney refuse THE CHILDREN?

This would put the Administratio in a terrible bind. They can’t ignore you because the optics would be too bad…the optics YOU would control. They can’t mock you, because it will be CHILDREN who are handing over the checks. Besides, if they would mock you, it would be too easy to show Obama doing the exact, same thing.

C’mon, Rog…you can do this!

Kenz on March 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Kenz: I LOVE the idea of posting FOX News Channel reporters in front of the White House as live reporters. The children are a MUST for props. As Nancy Pelosi always says, ” It’s for the children.” LOL. I’m sure that would be a production nightmare, but it would be great for the journalists at Fox News. Imagine the folks peering out the White House windows. I can’t imagine the thin-skinned administration lasting more than a few weeks – if the reporters don’t freeze.

asouthernbelle on March 8, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Kenz: I LOVE the idea of posting FOX News Channel reporters in front of the White House as live reporters.

asouthernbelle on March 8, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Except that they’re not reporters. They wouldn’t know what to do to actually go out an report an event. They’re talking heads working off of a teleprompter just like the dog-eater does, whom they deride for doing the same thing. Useful idiots much the same like the ones over at MSNBC, although at least they don’t shill for The One.

HiJack on March 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM

I could use some of that cash..

Opinionnation on March 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Better yet – how about we make barky obumble and queen moocher pay out of THEIR own pockets for all their goldang vacations, like the rest of us do.

dentarthurdent on March 8, 2013 at 4:44 PM

verbaluce on March 8, 2013 at 10:04 AM

 
Re: low-info pop culture trendy crap- Nevermind.
 
After reading your “out of context!” complaint above I can’t imagine someone so readily admitting that they’re not bright enough to understand something so simple unless they sincerely aren’t able to understand it.
 
That, along with watching how deeply you swallowed in it in the other thread (and are still compelled to keep going), makes me hesitate to set the hook in this one. It’s more for my own conscience, frankly. I like a laugh at S-M-R-T-smart (D)s but I have no interest in cruelty, and reeling you in on both of these threads would be nothing less, especially when you don’t even realize you’re caught on this one.
 
Enjoy.

rogerb on March 8, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Oops. Forgot the link. Since you brought it up, after all:
 

On another thread, I just pointed out this seems to be the sole retort rogerb is capable of…
 
verbaluce on March 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM

 
Scroll down to fully enjoy the sole retort, everyone.

rogerb on March 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Is Sean Hannity really offering money to keep the tours going, or is this one of those “I’ll get waterboarded for charity” things where he says it on air, but then hopes everyone forgets later..

triple on March 9, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Is Sean Hannity really offering money to keep the tours going, or is this one of those “I’ll get waterboarded for charity” things where he says it on air, but then hopes everyone forgets later..

triple on March 9, 2013 at 12:51 AM

shouldn’t you be donning your McDonalds uniform and heading off to fire up the fry o later for minimum wage patriot?

tom daschle concerned on March 9, 2013 at 5:26 AM

I guess it’s not hard to lie when you have an entire army of apologists online, is it?

triple on March 9, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Could someone photo shop a group of children on the White House lawn and obama yelling ‘Get off my lawn’?

Don’t forget the shotgun.

Hammie on March 9, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Hmm – I thought the tour guides for the WH were volunteers? What’s the cost of a volunteer? Maybe they get mileage or parking reimbursements? Doubt it. Wouldn’t mind a check on this.

Regardless, O’s “Make everything as painful as possible” doesn’t seem to be working. Maybe O will have to actually lead for a change. Then again……

MN J on March 9, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Comment pages: 1 2