Obama Stops White House Tours for Public After Sequestration… Childish, Punishment or Tantrum?

By Marion Algier – Ask Marion

Organizing for AmericaJust when you think White House etiquette, decorum and common sense can’t get any worse after Obama’s former campaign organization, reorganized as the political advocacy group ‘Organizing for Action’, announced that there will a charge for access to the Presidentespecially to wealthy donors, we hear that White House tours for the public have been halted because of Sequestration.  I mean really?  They are self-guided these days!

HotAir: The Obama administration is obviously putting their best efforts into making the sequester cuts as painful, visible, and wide-ranging as humanly possible in order to ensure that no ordinary American citizen should be able to escape their effects unscathed in some capacity — ’cause let’s be real, how else will they convince the country that we cannot turn back the tide of government, we must hike taxes, and that we need to elect more Democrats in 2014? Options for cutting the budget in ways that do not negatively impact the public at large need not apply.

The Obama administration spared no time announcing that the across-the-board sequester cuts will result in the cancellation of all White House tours indefinitely beginning March 9, 2013. This no doubt upset ticket holders, but it also seems to have struck a nerve with Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who introduced an amendment to a continuing resolution on the federal budget that seeks to block President Obama from using federal funds for any future golf outings until the tours are reinstated:

None of the funds made available by a division of this Act may be used to transport the President to or from a golf course until public tours of the White House resume.

Gohmert cited reports that guesstimated the $1 million cost of Obama’s trip means "341 federal employees could have kept their jobs and not been furloughed if the president had not taken his last golf outing." And considering the format of the White House tours, it would take a whole lost less than that to continue the tours of the ‘People’s House’ by the People.

According to an estimate from Florida’s WPTV, the president’s golf getaway cost local taxpayers in Florida about $78,205 in law enforcement expenses alone.

As former Press Secretary to “43” and now co-host of ‘the Five’, Dana Parino, said, “Can you imagine if this had been Bush?” She also commented that although the East Wing may no longer be available for tours to the public, whose house it is, the West Wing will no doubt be available to the donors to ‘Organizing for Action’!“  It should be noted that the access funds donated to ‘Organizing for Action’ will do nothing to help reduce the debt, re-start the White House tours, or anything else to help the American people or our government, but rather to support the ‘Organizing for Action’ organization itself and their political endeavors.  What happened to a second term U.S. president representing all the American people?

About Ask Marion

I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place". At age 62 I find myself fighting inoperable uterine Cancer and thanks to the man upstairs and the prayers from so many people including many of my readers from AskMarion and JustOneMorePet... I'm beating it. After losing our business because of the economy and factors related to the re-election of President Obama in 2012 followed by 16-mos of job hunting, my architect-trained husband is working as a trucker and has only been home approximately 5-days a month since I was diagnosed, which has made everything more difficult and often lonely... plus funds are tight. Our family medical deductible is 12K per year for two of us; thank you ObamaCare. But thanks to donations from so many of you, we are making ends meet as I go through treatment while taking care of my father-in-law who is suffering from late stage Alzheimer's and my mother-in-law who suffers from RA and onset dementia as well as hearing loss, for which there are no caretaker funds, as I continue the fight here online to inform and help restore our amazing country. And finally I need to thank a core group of family, friends, and readers... all at a distance, who check in with me regularly. Plus, I must thank my furkids who have not left my side through this fight. You can see them at JustOneMorePet.
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