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The Obama hypocrisy continues as he plays golf while sequester cuts loom!

Posted by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:48 PM
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Visitors to the nation's capital looking for a White House public tour are out of luck starting this weekend, courtesy of what the Secret Service says is its own decision to deal with the sequester cuts.

But while the agency said it needed to pull officers off the tours for more pressing assignments, the budget ax didn't swing early or deep enough to curtail a host of recent Secret Service-chaperoned trips like President Obama's much-discussed Florida golf outing with Tiger Woods and first lady Michelle Obama's high-profile multi-city media appearances.

Obama's pricey golf outings have been a particular target for Republicans who see them as examples of what they say are the administration's rather selective concerns with running up the tab of Secret Service resources. On March 5, Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert filed an amendment to a House resolution that would prohibit federal funds from being spent on Obama's golf trips until public tours of the White House resumed.

Gohmert referenced press reports pegging the cost of a recent Florida golf outing Obama took with Tiger Woods at $1 million. He also cited press reports saying 341 federal workers could have been spared furloughs if Obama had stayed home.

"The president's travel expenses alone, for the golfing outing with Tiger Woods, would pay for a year of White House visits," Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer said Thursday. "So I suggest that perhaps he curtail the travel."

The price tag and draw on Secret Service resources involving promotional campaigns like Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative is less clear.

The Secret Service does not usually reveal how many agents and other resources are assigned to protective missions so it's not known just how much it cost taxpayers to ferry the first lady to events like her dance routine on Jimmy Fallon's show -- the highlight of a Feb. 22 media blitz in New York -- or her Feb. 27-28 visit to Mississippi, Missouri and her hometown of Chicago.

Those trips would all have involved Secret Service details traveling with the first lady, as well as advance work by teams of agents on location.

When asked by FoxNews.com if the first lady's office or schedule would be affected by the sequester, the White House issued a 100-word statement that made no mention of any specific cuts that might affect Michelle Obama's activities -- while making a generic reference to cuts affecting the "Executive Office of the President," which houses the first lady's office.

Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, asked how the White House was cutting back, on Friday said there would be furloughs and pay cuts.

On the decision to close the tours, Press Secretary Jay Carney a day earlier said "the President and the first lady have throughout the time that they've been here made extraordinary efforts to make this the people's house, and it is extremely unfortunate that we have a situation like the sequester that compels the kinds of tradeoffs and decisions that this represents."

It's also not clear what Secret Service resources were dedicated to a recent New York visit by 14-year-old Malia Obama, who was spotted dining with a group of friends at a New York restaurant shortly after President Obama signed off on the sequester. There were Secret Service agents in the restaurant, according to reports that said they stayed behind the group.

How much overtime these types of assignments cost the Secret Service may be an area of concern. Donovan told FoxNews.com that overtime costs factored into the decision to shut down the White House tours. By taking the 30 officers involved in the tours and assigning them to high-priority security posts, officers normally on those duties can log fewer hours -- in turn saving the Secret Service money.

"It reduces overtime costs overall for us," Donovan said.

The tours will not be rescheduled and will stay frozen until further notice.

That's bad news for groups like the sixth graders at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Iowa, who had been planning to take the White House tour on March 16. Fourteen students from that group and their teacher on Thursday took their frustrations to Facebook. In a web video, they held up handmade posters and chanted, "The White House is our house."

Some Republicans in Congress expressed their displeasure with the cuts more forcefully. "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," Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., said in a statement March 5.



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/08/white-house-public-tours-on-hold-first-family-trips/?intcmp=obnetwork#ixzz2N0FT7rhj

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jcribb16
by Primrose Foxglove on Mar. 8, 2013 at 9:08 PM
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Typical of this administration...

DSamuels
by Platinum Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM
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But blaming the repubs is so exhausting, he needs his relaxation!
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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 10:16 PM
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If a family needs to cut back, they eat Hamburger Helper, ramen, and PB&J. They don't kick one of their kids out of the house to save on food and clothing.

If Obama really cared about the American people, he would find ways to cut back without eliminating really basic things.

He has a huge personal expense account that he could give back - even partly - to the American people. You are not obligated to spend all the money in your budget.

Ask Rand Paul about it, and he can tell you about the $1.1 million dollars he personally saved from his budget the past two years and returned to the American people.

LucyMom08
by Silver Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 10:41 PM

 Speaking of hypocrisy, this is kind of rich coming from a man that works, what, maybe 8 hours a week? And does nothing while he's 'at work'...

 

$174,000 a year, for 125 actual workdays. $1,392 a day, for nothing. I see a place where we should make cuts...

29again
by Platinum Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 12:58 AM
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On the decision to close the tours, Press Secretary Jay Carney a day earlier said "the President and the first lady have throughout the time that they've been here made extraordinary efforts to make this the people's house, and it is extremely unfortunate that we have a situation like the sequester that compels the kinds of tradeoffs and decisions that this represents."

No, it is extremely unfortunate that we have a president who will stoop to such pettiness. 

There is nothing else that can be trimmed back?  We have to close up the WH rather than de-fund that Moroccan pottery class, and we can't go on another day unless we know how squirrels and rattlesnakes interact!  Oh, and let's not forget that the Pentagon really does need it's own beef jerky, the stuff made by Jack Link (and countless others!) just isn't quite what they need, now is it?  There is SO much that can be cut that wouldn't affect any of us, but no....  Obama has to be Obama, and shut the WH.  Why would I think that he would be adult enough to do the right thing?  Silly me.

29again
by Platinum Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 1:01 AM
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Quoting LucyMom08:

 Speaking of hypocrisy, this is kind of rich coming from a man that works, what, maybe 8 hours a week? And does nothing while he's 'at work'...

 

$174,000 a year, for 125 actual workdays. $1,392 a day, for nothing. I see a place where we should make cuts...

What about the man who makes $400K to play golf every other week... and vacation each month.  I see a place where we should make cuts, too.

DSamuels
by Platinum Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 10:07 AM
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Just think about this.....

One hour of flight time for AF1 is $180,000. They say the WH tour costs $18,000 a week. Cutting back one hour of flight time would fund the tour for 10 weeks. Hmmmm


Quoting 29again:


Quoting LucyMom08:

 Speaking of hypocrisy, this is kind of rich coming from a man that works, what, maybe 8 hours a week? And does nothing while he's 'at work'...


 


$174,000 a year, for 125 actual workdays. $1,392 a day, for nothing. I see a place where we should make cuts...

What about the man who makes $400K to play golf every other week... and vacation each month.  I see a place where we should make cuts, too.

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pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 2:03 PM
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"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," Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., said in a statement March 5."

Obama is shameless.

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