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WashPost: Obama Shutting Down White House Tours Isn't a Stunt, It's a 'Civics Lesson'
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Posted on 03/09/2013 7:10:32 PM PST by chessplayer

The front page of Saturday's Washington Post took the publicity stunt of shutting down White House tours and spun it as an educational event. The headline was “In canceled White House tours, a civics lesson: Disappointed tourists help administration show sequester’s pain.” Inside the paper, the headline was “Worthless tickets drive home government’s dysfunction.” Ahem, the tickets are free even when they are honored.

The online headline was even worse: "With canceled tours, White House teaching how democracy works." Reporter David Nakamura blamed not Obama but the "dysfunctional state of the union":

The White House tour is a civics lesson on American democracy. And starting Saturday, when 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. shuts its doors to the public, that lesson will focus on the dysfunctional state of the union.


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People have volunteered to cover the costs out of their own pockets, but the King won't hear of it. The WH won't even return calls. As far as the King is concerned, the WH is his personal property.
1 posted on 03/09/2013 7:10:32 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Obama is a petulant, dangerous narcissist. He behaves like a shopaholic who just had her credit cards cancelled.


2 posted on 03/09/2013 7:14:21 PM PST by allendale
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To: chessplayer

Two off of FNC have offered to cover but der fuhrer refuses to cave. Million dollar golf and vacations await. Must not keep der Fuhrer off his game.


3 posted on 03/09/2013 7:16:15 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?)
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To: chessplayer

When The Won curtails some personal spending for he and his family...it will be a civics lesson.

Wonder where spring break will happen?


4 posted on 03/09/2013 7:16:22 PM PST by berdie
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To: chessplayer

Is it the Wh’s job to “teach a lesson”?


5 posted on 03/09/2013 7:17:06 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: chessplayer

Ignore the Washington Post and the story doesn’t bother anyone.


6 posted on 03/09/2013 7:18:13 PM PST by inkfarmer
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To: chessplayer

[redacted]

:-/


7 posted on 03/09/2013 7:19:21 PM PST by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: chessplayer

My inside source tells me the place is full of faggots now, so closing it to the public could be considered a safety precaution for children.


8 posted on 03/09/2013 7:25:02 PM PST by pallis
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To: chessplayer

It’s a lesson in political pressure, nothing more, nothing less.
What would the WaPo call it if it were a GOP president pulling
this nonsense?


9 posted on 03/09/2013 7:30:46 PM PST by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: chessplayer

OK, kiddies, today in civics class we’re going to study ‘blatant demagoguery.’


10 posted on 03/09/2013 8:23:32 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: TigersEye

The Prez Spent all your cash on frivolous crap.
I just waiting for Mooch to announce the next vac that will be funny! Tighten your belts kids the prez need to fly his family to paradise while you suffer!


11 posted on 03/09/2013 9:43:48 PM PST by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Conserev1

They’re saving $2 million dollars for the rest of this fiscal year here so ... only $84,998,000,000 to go on this sequester “shortfall.”


12 posted on 03/09/2013 9:51:05 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: TigersEye

Here’s another civics lesson proposed by Conservative Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas): The amendment would prohibit the White House from using funds to pay for Obama’s golfing outings until the White House tours are reinstated

http://www.700wlw.com/pages/nationalnews.html?feed=104668&article=11029689


13 posted on 03/09/2013 10:12:46 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: chessplayer

It’s actually an economis lesson. Don’t pay for lodging in DC for your as it may be shutdown and a total waste of time.


14 posted on 03/09/2013 10:20:32 PM PST by buffaloguy
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To: Daffynition

heh heh Good for Louie!


15 posted on 03/09/2013 10:28:20 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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Those of us who endured *asking* our congresscritters, months ago, for a ticket to visit )OUR HOUSE are very disappointed in the fact that we are being excluded from the WH during spring break vaca plans.

Civics lesson. My eye!


16 posted on 03/09/2013 11:34:04 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Conserev1

This was the email one of the gatekeepers sent me, after I inquired about the tickets [that had been granted/approved, after us passing as SS background check no less!]

Dear Ms. XXXXXXX,

Unfortunately, you are correct that due to the sequester the White House will no longer be conducting tours until further notice, effective Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Once tours resume, anyone who has a pending request will be notified whether their tour has been accepted or denied. If you have questions about your tour’s specific status in the future, I would be happy to follow-up on your behalf as often as you’d like.

We sincerely apologize for any disappointment this may cause as you plan your trip to Washington, DC. Congressional offices have not been informed of any other tour cancellations (U.S. Capitol or otherwise), but we will do our best to keep you updated should that change. Capitol Tours, we have been assured, will not be touched by the sequester.

Once again, we are very sorry for this frustrating news and hope to be able to assist you with White House tours once they resume.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me at Sylvia.lee@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-2265.


17 posted on 03/09/2013 11:38:41 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: chessplayer
Cancelling White House Tours Saves Less than Cost of One of Obama’s Vacations

From the above:

NBC News reported Thursday that halting tours of the White House, a measure the Obama administration has blamed on the spending reductions mandated by sequestration, would save about $74,000 per week, or nearly $2 million over the remainder of the fiscal year.

Does that tell you anything you need to know about the government (E.g., how many warm bodies add up to $74 large per week)?

Well, it should. But then, go back and reread the headline!

18 posted on 03/10/2013 12:03:13 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: chessplayer

If there were ever an example this is it.
individual and family vacations for the king verses WH tour.............you decide


19 posted on 03/10/2013 4:30:49 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: chessplayer

The lesson is — Don’t vote for Democrats.


20 posted on 03/10/2013 6:56:36 AM PDT by Salman
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To: chessplayer

People should quit visiting DC for a while and let them lose tourist money. Go to Vegas instead. See the “Eiffel Tower” and other interesting sights!


21 posted on 03/10/2013 8:09:08 AM PDT by Bookwoman ("...and I am unanimous in this...")
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