Never say the White House isn’t affected by sequestration. The Visitors Office just notified Congress that tours of the White House are cancelled until further notice. “Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House Tours will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice,” the White House email to legislative offices explains. “Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule affected tours. We very much regret having to take this action, particularly during the popular Spring touring season.” Here is the email:
Comments: Isn´t this rich. Does the Mooch know this yet? Things must be getting a little too hot for the regime. I hope they suffer badly for their gross misconduct.
Obama is such a spiteful man. You know the only reason these cuts were made was because it would make the news. There are thousands of real cuts that could have been made, but that wouldn´t have fit the narrative that the sky is falling. Instead of cutting something that should be cut, they will cut something that hurts the tourism trade in D.C.
These people have a political tin ear. Let´s hope they keep this kind of thing up so more Americans will start to realize who they are and what they are up to. Barack Obama never had any business being president. He is not qualified for the job, is not honest and does not share American values. Thanks to the news media he managed to be elected twice in spite of that. The best hope for the republic is for Obama to be Obama so that the dimmer bulbs among the American people can see behind the mask.
I want to know the names of the WH tour guides who were laid off by the sequester. I also want to know the last day of work for each of the tour guides let go. I also want to know whether any of the laid off WH staff were transferred to another federal agency or department.
This obvious manipulation of federal employees to maximize the visible effects upon the public must be exposed as the fraud it is.
All they would have to do is cut out Michelle´s next "let´s move" appearance and they would have enough to continue the tours. So, if WH tours are out, do the folks with $500 grand still have access to the White House?? Betcha they do!
Big deal. Long as this kenyan klown is in the white hut, no desire to have the grand tour. OTOH this lack of foot traffic will give the Royal Roaches more time to greet their Large dollar donor guests who DO come to hob nob with the two residents.
This is absolutely absurd. The federal government must give 30 days notices before furloughing. Only a few agencies have given notice since Friday. Bottom line is no one will be furlough until 30 days from now minimum.
While speaking only for myself, given the current the occupant of the White House, the last thing I want to take is a tour of the place. It would just stir up all those repressed resentments. Think I´ll climb the Washington Monument instead.
OTOH, the Obamatards must be twittering on their Obamaphones in distress over the lost opportunity to be in the same building as the anointed Won. Does anyone smell backfire?
These tours are cancelled to obtain the maximum inconvenience for students in DC on Spring Break. This move may backfire on the Prevaricator-in-Chief, as his tissue of lies on sequester is getting recognition.
The crazy thing is that these people have no problem being straight up about their manipulation. They know that their followers will never hear the truth and if they do, they won´t believe or accept it. And they know it gets under our skin because they are so blatant about it.
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