I hope you’re ready for this, folks. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, they did.
Tuesday, the White House announced it would suspend all public tours of the Executive Mansion – effective Saturday; until further notice. According to The Hill, those scheduled to visit the White House in the coming days received an email Tuesday informing them of the cancellations – citing cutbacks to staffers resulting from sequestration.
“We very much regret having to take this action, particularly during the popular Spring touring season,” the White House email said.
First off, I do actually feel bad for those who planned vacations to D.C. hoping to see the White House. I’d say something clever about that, but that’s really all I’ve got. Sorry, folks. Better luck next time.
Beyond that, my thoughts take me in two decidedly different directions – neither of which will make the aforementioned tourists any happier.
1) Me thinks this president is being too cute by half on this one. Unless I’m over-thinking this, I’m guessing the logic goes something like this. Close the White House. Get bloggers like ‘yours truly’ to write about it. Let the media use it as an example of how “serious” things are. Piss off some uber-political tourists so they take their frustrations to their respective congressional offices instead.
2) As a nation, we borrowed more than $250 billion dollars in February. We just passed the $6 trillion in new debt mark under this president. We’re $16 trillion in the hole altogether. While I realize cutting SELF-GUIDED White House tours will do absolutely nothing to solve any of those problems, it does seem a bit ridiculous to be showing off the drapes in the Oval Office while we can’t even afford to pay the electric bill.
Talk about “real world problems.” Would real world folk be inviting people over to check out their new digs if they had to borrow cash from the Chinese family down the street to pay the mortgage and keep the lights on?
“Rather than do his job and agree to take responsible measures to get our government’s finances in order, President Obama continues playing on the emotions and fears of the American people,” Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) said in a statement. “Canceling all self-guided White House tours is the latest shameless political stunt by the president, who is twisting basic government efficiency into an extreme consequence.”