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White House gift shop goes bankrupt

posted at 2:34 pm on October 11, 2013 by

The White House gift shop, which is surprisingly operated without government funds, has gone bankrupt. How’s that for a bah humbug? More from The Washington Times:

In another sign of the tough times in Washington these days, the White House Gift Shop, long run by a nonprofit group that helps uniformed Secret Service officers and their families, has gone broke.

The Secret Service Uniformed Division Benefit Fund, which traces its roots to the 1940s and for years did business as the official White House Gift Shop, lists more than $600,000 in liabilities in a pending bankruptcy petition in Washington.

The fund — which operated independently of the White House and Secret Service, and was not a part of the government — disclosed tens of thousands of dollars in assets consisting mostly of Christmas decorations, as well as such trinkets as magnets, puzzles and paperweights, many valued at just a few dollars each.

The price of more than 140 Democratic and Republican mouse pads is listed as “???” in court records, while 10 unsold copies of the book “Adams’ Alligator” go for $8.48.

The bankruptcy petition, filed in June in a case that remains active, doesn’t explain why the fund went bankrupt in the first place, but court records reveal a recent history of tax troubles and litigation.

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Obama, the dog eater, has destroyed the office. Who gives a rip?

Murphy9 on October 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Not so much demand for Messiah t-shirts these days.

John the Libertarian on October 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM

What a mystery – end the tours – no customers – no customers – no sales – bankruptcy.

PJ Emeritus on October 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

The extinction of private businesses continues.

faraway on October 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM

IOW, the government destroyed it.

Way to go, Champ.

PattyJ on October 11, 2013 at 2:58 PM

So the 100,000 Mao Christmas ornaments didn’t sell as well as expected. Color me shocked.

HumpBot Salvation on October 11, 2013 at 3:26 PM

PJ Emeritus on October 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Grunt on October 11, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Yup, p j emeritus has it right.

jhnone on October 11, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Shepard Fairey among those hardest hit. /s

jix on October 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I should think JugEars® bobblehead dolls would be pretty popular.

pain train on October 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM

No surprise – if you stop allowing tours of the White House, there aren’t going to be many people coming through the gift shop.

hawksruleva on October 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM

What a mystery – end the tours – no customers – no customers – no sales – bankruptcy.

PJ Emeritus on October 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

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I wonder why whitehousegiftshop.com couldn’t build an online presence – they have a working web site. I’m sure tour numbers matter but if they already have this entity that they can use to move product… why the incompetence?

ExpressoBold on October 11, 2013 at 5:40 PM

White House gift shop goes bankrupt

FIFY

SoRight on October 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

…probably…shop lifting!

KOOLAID2 on October 11, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Didn’t the administration stop tours? So doesn’t this hinder shoppers for the gift shop?

petunia on October 11, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Obama had to keep using it as a “treasure chest” for foreign guests.

thebrokenrattle on October 11, 2013 at 7:55 PM

White House gift shop goes [morally] bankrupt

FIFY

SoRight on October 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Even more FIFY!

The Nerve on October 11, 2013 at 10:48 PM

This lady was looking for the gift shop the other day, and they shot her.

Apparently they want to keep it closed at all cost.

papertiger on October 11, 2013 at 11:51 PM

…probably…shop lifting!

KOOLAID2 on October 11, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Like when the First Lady heard she was supposed to get gifts for the children of the British PM?

A couple of toy helicopters from the gift shop… I doubt they were paid for.

malclave on October 12, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Blame Obama. He’s the one that cut school trips to the White House and decided on shuttering the doors of the PEOPLE’S HOUSE due to sequestration.

ButterflyDragon on October 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM

It couldn’t have helped that Obama was giving away free model planes to foreign Heads of State!

andycanuck on October 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

They got stuck with too much “Obama” stuff no one wants to buy.

GarandFan on October 12, 2013 at 6:20 PM

At least its on par with the Spite House now.

Bmore on October 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM

They probably sold some Reagan memorabilia and Lois Lerner unleashed the IRS hell-hounds on them.

NoPain on October 13, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Hardest hit: Obama bobble-head makers.

Marcola on October 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

They couldn’t get the ACA carveout.

kemojr on October 16, 2013 at 9:15 AM