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White House to Consider Resuming Some Tours

President Obama said in an interview with ABC News that he will ask the Secret Service to consider whether “there are ways” to restart White House tours on a limited basis.

“Well, what I’m asking them is are there ways, for example, for us to accommodate school groups – you know, who may have traveled here with some bake sales,” said Obama, who spoke with George Stephanopoulos of Good Morning America. “Can we make sure that – kids, potentially, can – can still come to tour?”

The tours were suspended last week as part of what the administration has said are efforts to comply with the sequester. Obama claimed the decision to cancel the tours was not made by the White House, blaming the Secret Service instead.

“You know, I have to say this was not – a decision that went up to the White House,” Obama said.

“But th– what the Secret Service explained to us was that they’re gonna have to furlough some folks,” he continued. “What furloughs mean is– is that people lose a day of work and a day of pay. And, you know, the question for them is, you know, how deeply do they have to furlough their staff and is it worth it to make sure that we’ve got White House tours that means that you got a whole bunch of families who are depending on a paycheck who suddenly are seein’ . . . ”

Obama also appeared to blame House Republicans for the suspension of the tours, saying “there are consequences to Congress not having come up with a more sensible way to reduce the deficit.”

60 Responses to White House to Consider Resuming Some Tours

  1. Next he will be blaming the Secret Service for all his trips. “They like the idea of the travel. Its great practice for them. I just do as they ask”

  2. Well thank you, Mr. President, that’s very sweet of you. Now, can we discuss you giving back some of the REST of the property you have wrongly taken from your citizens?

  3. Aww, he lays the blame on the Secret Service for his miscalculated move to embarass the Repubs, the very men and women who will step in front of a bullet to save his sorry butt. What a sad and pathetic mean little man.

    He could have taken many roads to cause the reopening of the WhiteHouse tours; we juggled some funds, we cut one day of tours, anything, but no, the low road paved with self-serving lies is the only path this President knows.

    • The winning formula for him his entire life up to this point was that he could get away with anything. He probably literally used the dog-ate-my-homework excuse at Harvard and was rewarded the presidency of the Law Review. He still believes that any excuse will work for him forever.

      • well… ya know.. a.. whole buncha folks aren’t really.. ya know… fooled by all his lies which.. ya know… roll off his nicorette laced jowls..
        ya know?

        I hear better English from my 8 yr. old son who BTW has run a lemonade stand with a PROFIT & has $$ in the bank !!!

  4. Most gifted orator ever. I never could stand listening to him speak. Now I can barely tolerate reading transcripts of his bullshit.

  5. What a horse’s ass this punk is. He makes the “rules” and then blames someone else when they backfire on him.
    Obama is not a leader, he has the maturity and the mentality of a middle schooler.
    God help us.

  6. Sounds like they changed a setting on the “Who to blame” dart board game. Remove two GWB and add two SS. And they must have had 2 shots at the board to blame both the SS and republicans.

    This is Strike Two towards Big Sis. First is the release of “undocumented immigrants” and now her SS closing WH tours. It’s like there is a invisible shield around 1600 Penn Ave and a large sign that states – “When you enter here, and something goes wrong, it will be blamed on someone else.”

    Ok, next time this administration get something RIGHT I want the to blame someone.

    • I think it goes like this. Point to Big Sis who then deflects to unknown bureaucrats at ICE or SS or others. And Eric the Unjust makes sure everyone’s butt is covered.

    • “next time this administration get something RIGHT”…????? Otis, are you planning a safari or wilderness vacation for a few years? It will take that long…..

  7. Well that worked out well for him. These high profile sequester cuts that the people notice gives him a great opportunity to blame Republicans for the poor little kids. Such b.s.

  8. So school kids are more important than a family that may have scrimped and saved to take a family vacation? And those families would have had to do the same thing as the school kids, get the passes from their congressperson months in advance. What if it happens to be a black family? Can we call him a racist?

    If I were in the Secret Service I don’t know if I would take a bullet for him. I wonder how many have left the service since his reelection.

    • I wonder what kind of a contract the members of the Secret Service have with their employer. Do they ever talk/write about their experiences ?

  9. Wish I could remember who it was, but I heard someone connected to the Administration expressing relief that the tours were cancelled. He said the crowds made it impossible to get thru the hallways and byways during work hours.

    Now we know it could’n”t bother Obama – he’s never there. I think Valjar and MO are behiind the closing. In fact, I would bet the farm on it.

    BTW, why does Valjar have SS????

  10. The Secret Service are beyond reproach and willing to give their life to protect
    those they serve. So is it really a good idea Barry to blame them for something I doubt they had any decision to make? How about cutting out golf instead.
    Again if his lips are moving he’s lying but to blame the secret services yikes

    • For the most part, they do their job. However, I would not say they are beyond reproach if you remember the Colombia trip and their escort service. Of course, Barry had nothing to do with it…once again…find that hard to believe. Colombia is a long way from Washington, D.C.

      • I’m old enough to remember that when JFK was assassinated, it was one of Jackie’s guards who threw his body on the first couple as it sped off. JFK’s guards were nowhere to be seen.

        • Watched a very interesting history channel follow up with the secret
          service men who were working on that day in Dallas. So many had
          severe depression and PTSD. They were interviewed and it was so
          sad to hear the regret and guilt they still felt.

      • I know that there’re not all blameless but those guys were rogue and
        a minority I think. Always try to think of them as very dedicated and brave.

  11. He must really think we’re stupid. Cancelling tours to OUR White House was “not a decision that went up the White House”? Just who or what constitutes the White House in the diseased mind of Preezy Revenge? The White House is an inanimate object. It doesn’t make decisions, people do. The people or person who made this decision should stand up and admit it was their idea. Not only is Preezy a blithering idiot who can’t put two words together without his trusty teleprompter, he’s a coward hiding behind the columns of White House to boot. Never fear. Like all the other stooges who have taken responsibility for his dereliction of duty, I’m sure some stooge in his service will step forward and claim credit for this latest fiasco.

  12. “You know, I have to say this was not – a decision that went up to the White House,” Obama said.

    Like the SS made the decision on their own, LOL. The first wife made the tours a integral part of her role as First wife for 4 years – never missing an opportunity for a photo-op with the minority kids. She made it a ‘theme’ that the WH was the People’s House. It was all a campaign stunt. Now that she doesn’t need ‘the kids’ anymore, her true colors come out. It’s not the People’s House it’s Michelle Obama’s House….and she doesn’t want any trespassers tromping through it. She wants to be able to run around the House without make-up and wighats – just like she did in Chicago. Make no mistake – she controls everything that happens in that House!

      • I agree re. York. What is discouraging or perhaps encouraging (since it was covered) is that this Congressman did his homework and his job and it got no coverage from the MSM. If we had a working media — if the press did its job — we wouldn’t be so far down this path of the great Obama kabuki.

        • Ok, last link. I promise. My intent is NOT to drive traffic elsewhere,. However, just as we or I think the MSM is at fault for burying or not covering the news I might think is important regarding Obama there is a lot of talk about how we do not reach the low information voter and how important that is.

          Here is a very interesting article about the path from low information to issues of importance … see what you think. The end of the links. Thanks Keith for the indulgence.

  13. What a crock. There’s no excuse for my family’s tour, which was scheduled for this Saturday, March 16, and took 6 months to book, being any less significant a loss than school group tours. None. We want to see The People’s House too.

  14. Amazing how President Obama denies having nothing to do with the cessation of White House tours, but rides in on his white horse to save the day and restart them…

  15. No problem Barry. 2 members of FOX News have offered to pay for you to reopen OUR White House which is NOT paid for with tax dollars but with donations. The White House was made into a “museum of history” by Jackie Kennedy in the 60s which is funded by donations and you have NO right to shut it down. We see you let your hiphop gansta rap buddies in for moochelle’s birthday but no school kids.
    That really makes you look great Barry. Keep it up so those poll numbers plummet.

  16. “there are consequences to Congress not having come up with a more sensible way to reduce the deficit.”
    It’s his plan the guy is truly scary he is stuck in his own web of lies and deceit.