“It is a petulant, juvenile response,” said one Democratic official close to the administration. “It totally undermines the harm that the sequester is actually doing to Americans. Now all we are talking about is the canceled tours and not about all the jobs lost.”…

“I don’t think [Obama] believes that the money saved is going to make any difference at all as it relates to the deficit, but I think that everyone should know that there are people being hurt in a very direct way,” said New York Democrat Charlie Rangel. “And when people say, ‘Why didn’t you make a trip to the White House?’ it is because [Republicans] wouldn’t allow our budget to be funded.

“A kid asks for a lollipop and you say no,” he added. “They ask why and you tell them the reason of course is that the Congress refuses to allow these things to happen.”