Diane Sawyer and the other reporter don’t come right out and say that of course, but it certainly is implied that canceling White House tours is a childish move intended to make the sequester as visibly painful as possible while “saving” very little:

This one’s a total PR backfire for Team Obama. Not that they care.

However, if the publicity gets too negative, here’s what I can see happening: The cost of White House tours equals about two hours of operation for Air Force One. With that in mind, President Obama might one day come out and say “I’ve canceled a scheduled trip to XXXXXX, which will save four hours of flight time for Air Force One at $XXXXXX per hour. I’m ordering the money that was budgeted for that flight to be put into the White House tours program. We cannot allow these draconian cuts that had to be put into place because the Republicans refuse to make the rich pay their fare share be a detriment to the education of our nation’s children and their ability to learn about the history of our country by visiting this historic house.”

(h/t Weasel Zippers)


30 Responses to “Even ABC News Can’t Ignore the Pettiness of Obama’s Canceling of White House Tours”

  1. jeffythequick on March 8th, 2013 2:33 pm

    2008: Hope and Change!
    2012: Things are getting better!
    2013: We bend over dollars to pick up dimes! pennies! lint off the floor!

  2. SignPainterGuy on March 8th, 2013 2:35 pm

    It was calculated that the tours cost $18,000 a week, but it was run by all volunteers. Are those "volunteers" SEIU members who won`t work without being paid ? Or is that the pay for all the security staff, that gets paid regardless of tours in progress or anything else ?

    Stating the obvious, something about this bunch isn`t adding up !

  3. @AZ_Guy1 on March 8th, 2013 2:40 pm

    You're coming from the perspective of those of us who understand how much these flights cost every American. I suspect that this administration knows it's better not to worry LIVs (low information voters) pretty little heads with even the thought the cost per hour of Air Force One. Otherwise, every time Democrats complain about how terrible it is that an underfunded program is causing grandma to have to eat cat food, a LIV might realize that every grandma in America could be eating filet mignon for the cost of this First Family's yearly vacations.

  4. SignPainterGuy on March 8th, 2013 2:44 pm

    Speaking of "not adding up"; the sequester requires a cut of $85 Billion to overall spending. It has been mentioned that half of that cut comes from Defense Spending. That leaves $42.5 B to be spread out over other Depts. In the vid, it is claimed that $84 B will be cut from the Secret Services budget of $1.3 Trillion. First, the SS has a budget ? The SS gets paid all the time; do they get paid more / again when they actually work ?

    The SS has uniforms ? I thought "secret" implied that you would NOT be in an identifiable uniform !? Or are those snappy trench coats that make you look totally UN-secret part of those uniforms ?

  5. jeffythequick on March 8th, 2013 2:52 pm

    I thought naming it "Secret" anything defeated the naming purpose.

    It's like building developments that destroy whatever they're named after… Like Wilson Farms Shopping Center…

    Kid: Why is it called Wilson Farms Shopping Center?
    Grandpa: Because this mall is here where Wilson Farms was…

  6. Marshall_Will on March 8th, 2013 3:03 pm


    Dialing down the *thermostat* at the WH from a 'tropical' 80 deg. to something along the lines -most- Americans do during winter alone could support my drinking habit for… weeks!

    Michelle Malkin once suggested the pResident get Snuggies? I think he'd look great in their "Insolvent Progressive Blue"!

  7. SignPainterGuy on March 8th, 2013 3:05 pm

    Currency and High Government Official Protective Service is too verbose ?

    "Uniform" means "all the same / alike". Where`s the "sameness" in the SS clothing ?

  8. Marshall_Will on March 8th, 2013 3:11 pm


    Want to know the REAL reason this Showquestor isn't 'working'?

    Unlike virtually ALL Progressive agenda items ( there's invariably a MIRROR version ) happening at the STATE and even local levels..! If Bloomy had gotten onbaord, Gavin Newsom in SF etc. there'd be media cover/support from coast-to-coast!

    As is, they felt they had the head of the snake AND SINCE these states are now -funded- ( well, they're living on "payday loans" from qtr. to qtr. ) the pain would be spread and SHOULDERED 'universally'! Well, that just didn't happen!?

    Old Kevin Johnson ( flaky ex-jock mayor of Sacramento ) isn't "taking any heat" over this? Take note Conservatives.., this is a game changer.

  9. SignPainterGuy on March 8th, 2013 3:31 pm

    Yep, I think this IS a game changer. I just hope the relative few cons. congress critters (fed. and state) recognize it and band together and "Stand With Rand" !

    It`s a cinch the BIG Rs don`t get it: http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/2013/03/07

    I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it looks like a vertical shaft ! We`re in very deep !

  10. Marshall_Will on March 8th, 2013 4:29 pm


    The queue comes from Doug's article "don't make liars out of us!" Ooopsie! Someone forget to circulate The Memo *prior* to the supposed shutdown and then had to frantically backfill in a very unfortunate, ugly and PUBLIC manner…

    Okay, so it's a vertical shaft? We've finally found the elevator and a (3rd) way out. Previously, as always, dealing w/ progs means heads we win, tails you LOSE. Continue to Crash The System, or throttle back just enough to take credit for 'recovery' and then backdoor via the States and…

    So now we GET it.

  11. SignPainterGuy on March 8th, 2013 4:36 pm

    There`s a Jewish saying that goes something like; "Telling a lie is like ripping open a feather pillow in the town square on a very windy day. Correcting that lie is like trying to gather up all those feathers". Cleaning up after our corrupt pols is a lot like that !

  12. Marshall_Will on March 8th, 2013 5:00 pm

    All the pain He's dragging the country through is so he can get his swagga'/groove back. He knows he didn't 'win' this last election and the tantrums/stone faces prove it.

    You know… ANYTHING? A gun grab here, ghey marriage there? Anything to get that "I've got Conservatives cowering in their bunkers!" feel back.

    His 'momentum' is dead-in-the-water and he KNOWS it. Handlers have turned him into a laughingstock ( he knows that TOO ) Within mos. ObieCare will arrive all the fanfare of a Rube Goldberg invention. He needs to get those 'feathers' back between now and then.

  13. SignPainterGuy on March 8th, 2013 8:33 pm

    Glenn Beck eulogized El Presidente Hugo Chavez on his radio show this morning. I caught it live, but watching Glenn on vid. in such a snarky event is worth the look. Transcript below the vid. :

  14. Marshall_Will on March 8th, 2013 9:37 pm

    “Speaking of election Hugo took the suspense out of them by rigging them in his favor. That way his people never had to worry about losing him until today. Sadly now all of us who loved Hugo Chavez now we’ve lost him. Death was just one thing Hugo couldn’t rig, couldn’t repossess, couldn’t redistribute.”

    Lol, oddly, in a "5 Things You didn't know about Bill Gates?" fluff piece, his final fantasy was "to not die!". We know Bill, you're good at math and have calculated how many lifetimes it would take you to burn THROUGH it $_ _ _ ,._ _ _, _ _ _.00 per day?

    And, since you're a really smart guy, you're going to "live out" those many lifetimes THROUGH imposing your will on as many as fall into your snare! Smart guy that Gates….

  15. Granny55 on March 9th, 2013 12:11 am

    Sorry did I miss something – Sean Hannity just had Gramnest on and never asked him one fu&%inf question about his outrageous comment about Rand Paul??? Screw Sean Hannity !!!

  16. Granny55 on March 9th, 2013 12:12 am

    Scuse me had a few glasses of wine with friends!

  17. Marshall_Will on March 9th, 2013 12:22 am

    Keep the friends, pour the wine, DITCH Hannity!


  18. SignPainterGuy on March 9th, 2013 1:32 am

    Just once, for a few days, I`d like to see what it`s like to try to spend $___,___,___.00 per day !

  19. SignPainterGuy on March 9th, 2013 1:33 am

    Mmm hmmMM ! ;-)

  20. SignPainterGuy on March 9th, 2013 1:41 am

    Granny, I just happened to catch Hannity yesterday. He told about doing an interview with Grahamnesty on Wednesday, for the Friday show. It was recorded before Graham went stupid a**. I wondered at the time if Sean would do a "current" break-in and bring it up, even without Lindsey there. Apparently not !

    Hannity misses a lot of chances to stand tall, but goes milky on us too often !

  21. Truesoldier__ on March 9th, 2013 2:52 pm

    One problem with the idea that dear leader would sometime in the future cancel a trip to pay for the tours…..this is dear leader we are talking about. Instead, he would claim that due to Plugs taking Amtrak instead of flying that money saved could be used to make the tours happen again.

  22. Marshall_Will on March 9th, 2013 2:57 pm

    Where's a good old fashioned derailment when you could USE one!?

  23. Marshall_Will on March 9th, 2013 3:06 pm

    Due… SIMPLY to the fact my friends ( that it didn't TRACK well w/ conservatives practically from the moment its idiocy was uttered! )

    That's how Sean operates and frankly, it's become something of an embarrassment for MM to be associated w/ the show/Fox/network. Not sure if 'embarrassment' is my best choice there but, awkward to say the least?

  24. ChapBix on March 11th, 2013 11:17 pm

    "“I’ve canceled a scheduled trip to XXXXXX, which will save four hours of flight time for Air Force One at $XXXXXX per hour. I’m ordering the money that was budgeted for that flight to be put into the White House tours program."

    With all candor, I do not see that happening. This is, after all, Uber El Presidente Chutzpah.

  25. ChapBix on March 11th, 2013 11:19 pm

    That this is all about Obama is demonstrated by declaring that programs for the poor and middle class are endangered but his perks are off limits to sequestration reductions.

  26. ChapBix on March 11th, 2013 11:20 pm

    There's a market for lint? How much?

  27. ChapBix on March 11th, 2013 11:24 pm

    We're spending $1.3 trillion of $3.6 trillion on the Secret Service alone this year? This one agency? This does compute!

  28. ChapBix on March 11th, 2013 11:29 pm

    That should be, "This does NOT compute!"

  29. SignPainterGuy on March 11th, 2013 11:56 pm

    Thought so ! ;-)

    Needless to say, the SS is HUGE and works world wide chasing down counterfeiters n stuff. We spent $1.4 Billion on the First Moochers last year, so I assume a part of that was for SS protection services.

    $1.3 T sounds like an awful lot to me too !

  30. SignPainterGuy on March 11th, 2013 11:59 pm

    You`re right. Look at all the things that are suffering the cuts; they`re all things that are the most public, that can be made into photo-ops / demonstrations. It`s all for show, but real people are victimized by his BS !

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