Oh, rapture: White House to resume tours next month on a “limited basis”

posted at 6:41 pm on October 18, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Eight months after a post-sequestration bout of especially preposterous drama-mongering, the national nightmare is over at last. Straight from the horse’s mouth:

WASHINGTON, DC – The White House is pleased to announce the resumption of a limited schedule of East Wing and Executive Residence tours, beginning on November 5th. Additionally, the White House will be opening its gardens and grounds to visitors on October 26th and 27th.

Members of the public interested in scheduling a tour of the East Wing and Executive Residence should contact their Member of Congress.

For a tour of the gardens and grounds on Saturday, October 26th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, and Sunday, October 27th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, members of the public can obtain a free, timed ticket at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 7:30 AM.  Tickets will be distributed — one ticket per person (including small children) — on a first-come, first-served basis. …

And etcetera. The Washington Post has more:

Secret Service spokesman Robert Novy said the tours would continue through Jan. 15 and occur three days a week, on average, though the exact number of days would vary. Before the White House halted the tours in March, they had taken place five days a week.

“Last year’s sequestration came midway through the fiscal year, and we were unable to adjust or re-allocate remaining funding to continue tours while still ensuring enough funding remained to meet all operational needs and avoid furloughing our employees,” Novy said. “In light of the new fiscal year, the Secret Service is confident that through the Continuing Resolution tours can operate on a limited schedule while still meeting operational requirements.”

What do you suppose prompted this? Is it perhaps that they feel they have finally wrung any and all possible benefits out of their sequestration-inspired Washington Monument Strategery, or that the nation perked up its ears to this kind of errant behavior after the petty way in which they handled the shutdown in parks and even the tiniest scraps of government lands all across the country? Whatever the reason, it certainly took them long enough.


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Whatever the reason, it certainly took them long enough.

The White House gift shop went bankrupt.

Now’s the time for all the vets to show up AND BARRY-CADE THE WHITE HOUSE.

GarandFan on October 18, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Me thinks our approval rating doth protest too much

djl130 on October 18, 2013 at 6:49 PM

What do you suppose prompted this? Is it perhaps that they feel they have finally wrung any and all possible benefits out of their sequestration-inspired Washington Monument Strategery, or that the nation perked up its ears to this kind of errant behavior after the petty way in which they handled the shutdown in parks and even the tiniest scraps of government lands all across the country?

Christmas.

Michelle wants people to see her 100 Mao-themed Christmas trees.

Resist We Much on October 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Is it perhaps that they feel they have finally wrung any and all possible benefits out of their sequestration-inspired Washington Monument Strategery, or that the nation perked up its ears to this kind of errant behavior after the petty way in which they handled the shutdown in parks and even the tiniest scraps of government lands all across the country?

Probably both.

And I stand side-by-side with GarandFan that vets should Barakade the visitor enterances of the White House in protest. I also think they should show up at the National Park Service building and do the same.

Happy Nomad on October 18, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Maybe they found some money in the recent polls.

Axe on October 18, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Christmas.

Michelle wants people to see her 100 Mao-themed Christmas trees.

Resist We Much on October 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Heh.

You mean they still celebrate that racist holiday over, say, something pure like the violent 60′s radical-invented fake holiday Kwanza?

ShainS on October 18, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Why would anyone bother touring the White House? It’s no longer a sacred place for Americans to visit. It’s more like a crib filled with a den of thieves.

fogw on October 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Why would anyone bother touring the White House?

fogw on October 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Racist.

All y’all.

Axe on October 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Lincoln Bedroom for rent. Discount for cash.

BHO Jonestown on October 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Oh wow. King Obama allowing us peasants back into his house. Can’t believe it.

sadsushi on October 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM

No thanks.

WhatSlushfund on October 18, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Got a 100 Grand you can live without, we have a tour for you.

banzaibob on October 18, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Lincoln Bedroom for rent. Discount for cash.

BHO Jonestown on October 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

To this day, every time someone mentions the Lincoln Bedroom, I hark back to the Clinton years, and how Democratic donors were given perks like a night in that bedroom. The worst I ever heard was listening to Danny DeVito go into some graphic descriptions of his and Reah Perlman’s sexcapades around every inch of the Lincoln Bedroom.

JetBoy on October 18, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Racist.

All y’all.

Axe on October 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

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Thank you!
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And if you’re gonna say it, say it right. It’s “Alla y’all.”
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Carpetbagger….

ExpressoBold on October 18, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Who freaking cares?

rplat on October 18, 2013 at 8:12 PM

I suspect they commissioned a focus group and found out closing the tours were hurting the brand. Especially after the most recent temper tantrum.

Johnnyreb on October 18, 2013 at 8:13 PM

The National Park Service director told Congress on Wednesday that he had to shut down the open-air memorials on the Mall during the government shutdown because of terrorism, saying that closing them was the only way to protect them “in a post-9/11 world.”

Director Jonathan B. Jarvis also said his agency had received intelligence showing an increased threat of danger since the shutdown began – though he would not tell two House committees what those warnings were.

I’m sure we all know that many battles from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars were fought on national parkland. The Park Service obviously fears that that could happen again.

J_Crater on October 18, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Oh, rapture: White House to resume tours next month on a “limited basis”

Have your checks made out to Organizing for America.

RoadRunner on October 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Erika, you missed the opportunity to quote Nanki-Poo: “Modified Rapture!”

njcommuter on October 19, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Now that Obama’s “inflict as much pain on the American public to get his way” has been exposed, it’s easy to see that closing the White House tours was one of the first actions he took to implement that policy. Juvenile behavior, yes.

A recent email I’ve seen makes one wonder how all of the signs the National Park Service placed nationwide were ready and waiting within hours of the shutdown. The government can’t contract, order, deliver, and put in place anything within hours unless it was waiting in the wings.

iamsaved on October 19, 2013 at 9:42 AM

White House to resume tours next month on a “limited basis”

It’s hard to govern as a populist when you don’t like the people.

petefrt on October 19, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Those wishing to visit the Whitehouse at any time, day or night, should simply show their IRS credentials and brown-paper packages to Security.

virgo on October 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM