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Published: Tuesday, March 19 2013 7:00 p.m. MDT

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Claudio
Springville, Ut

The law required cuts across the board in every department. Congress voted on this. Congress approved it. Congress had the option to stop it. Congress didn't. The president, contrary to popular belief, is not an autocrat. He didn't do this on his own. Congress is responsible for sequestration. The president suggested it, Congress chose to do it.

Of all the cuts to worry about, White House tours is the least of all to be concerned about. Utahns are terrified to have the president address their children at school about the value of education, but are outraged that the same children now won't be able to go in his home? The White House ceased to be the people's house decades ago when we were required to go through a series of background checks and security checks just to attend the Easter Egg Roll, let alone tour the Executive Mansion.

If anyone really wants to see the White House, look online. There are ample pictures, descriptions and histories that provide a more in-depth tour than you'll ever get being confined to a large group being herded by throngs of Secret Service agents.

Utah Dem
Ogden, UT

Have you ever toured the White House? Absolutely boring.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I'm a lot more worried about furloughs for Air-Traffic Controllers.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

The GOP logic seems to go that congress controls the purse string but the president is the fall guy when they screw it up.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Show me the money. Any one who has bout a house has payed interest that 3 times or more the cost of the house. a savings account is the same thing backwards. All the taxes that is paid goes into an account from the time taxes started. the interest should be a lot of money, and more every year.

KDave
Moab, UT

No problem. For a measly $500,000 "donation" you can get a personal tour of the White House hosted by the President. He really is for the little guy.

one old man
Ogden, UT

One more conservative crying, "Cut spending! Cut spending! Cut spending!"

And then turning about and screaming, "Don't cut anything the will affect ME!"

Hypocrisy, anyone?

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I agree with Jan M. Levi that President Obama did not cut enough. I wish that President Obama would cut the things that effect business at large throughout the United States.

He should close and mothball every national park and recreation area in America. Close every federal highway to truck traffic not associated with food or medical.

Then tell the republicans and their conservative backers that this government is for the people and if business wants to exist in America it has to change it’s oppression of the people.

Whatever
Springville, UT

Sorry Jan, but Obama didn't personally cut the White House tours. They were cancelled because the Secret Service had their budget cut due to the sequester and they could no longer provide the man hours necessary for the supervision and protection of those tours... You know, you can't just let anyone wander in to the White House...

If you ever decide to turn off the am radio, maybe you could take the five minutes necessary to look that up before writing a letter just to spout more useless tea party rhetoric.

Wonder
Provo, UT

Yes, Jan. It really is a bummer that this cut inconvenienced you a little bit. I realize that all of the cuts should only affect other people and not you. When the secret service's budget was cut, I guess they should have just taken agents away from protecting the president and put them on White House tours.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Whatever" and "Claudio" unfortunately you missed the comments by Jay Carney. It was the White House that cancelled the tours. The White House policies and decisions are ultimately the President's call. See "Oops: Carney Contradicts Obama, Now Claims White House Did Cancel Tours" at the Blaze, complete with video of Jay Carney stating that it was the White House that cancelled the tours that cost them nothing.

Whatever
Springville, UT

To Redshirt1701

“The White House,” Carney continued, “cancelled the tours, confronted with the choice made by the Secret Service – which we concur with – but it is certainly their choice because it’s their budget.”

So the White House made the decision to cut the tours based on the recommendation of the Secret Service who informed them that they no longer have the budget to do so... Your point is? This letter is still just a worthless tea party jab that means nothing... And your choice of the blaze as an actual news source speaks volumes.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Whatever" so now you twist things around.

Lets recap how things went down.

SS says it costs $75000 for tours. The White House (President Obama) makes the decision to cancel the tours.

Again, it was the President's decision to cancel the tour, the SS did not make that decision.

The fact that you excuse the president in this matter speaks volumes.

Whatever
Springville, UT

Redshirt, it's fairly simple.

The SS tells the White House that they don't have the budget to supply agents for the tours, so then the White House doesn't really have much of a choice but to cancel the tours... Why are you not getting this? Is this too hard to grasp?

This is just another example of how the tea party tries anything without regard to logic or facts or evidence to try and smear the President for something he had nothing to do with. Just because glenn beck comes up with some wild conspiracy in his mind, it doesn't make it true...

Claudio
Springville, Ut

Redshirt,

Claiming "Whatever" twisted things around when your own spin was clearly pointed out in the previous post is the height of hypocrisy. That too, speaks volumes.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Whatever" but your version of things is not what the facts reflect.

So far this is what the press has found out.

"Absurd: Obama Cancels Self-Guided White House Tours" Breitbart found that there is no budgetary reason to cancel the tours. Their $13 million budget was cut by $650,000, which is not significant.

The reasoning for cutting the WH tours is insane. The SS has a $1.6 billion budget and had to cut $84 million. So they had a 5.2% cut in their budget and this is the best they could do? If the President cut out a few weeks of golf, the agency would be able to cover the cost of the tours.

Again, this was a presidential decision that your ilk will dismiss because King Obama said so.

Phranc
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

So does anyone here really think this same person would not be complaining that "king Obama is waisting 75,000 a week on tours of his castle" if the White House would not have canceled the tours?

one old man
Ogden, UT

Okay, let's reinstate the tours. And then listen as the usual conservative Obama haters here go to work blaming him for spending too much money.

When dealing with fans of hate radio, there is absolutely no way anyone can please them unless they follow their demands to the letter. And even then, it's doubtful that would do it.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

How many of you commenting have even been on a White House tour?

Underwheming, i would say. I think we saw only 2-4 rooms. There is so much to see and do in D.C., the White House tour was not/is not in anyway, the highlight of a visit to D.C. Iv'e been to D.C. several times and the White House is way down on the list of things i would recommend.

Republicans are ridiculous. They talk out of both sides of their mouths. When Obama reduced Medicare costs by cutting the Medicare Advantage program Republicans resorted to fearmongering. When the SS decides to cut White House tours its a big deal.
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Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Phranc" it isn't Obama's castle. It is a government building of historical significance. The tours that cost $75,000 are for the general public. That is a good thing. It is the $500,000 ticket price for the meetings with Obama that are shameful.

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