CNN is reporting that President Obama wants White House tours to start ASAP. He just hasn’t figured out a way to make it happen yet:
Full public tours of the White House don’t appear to be coming back any time soon, but President Obama says he wants to figure out a way certain school groups can still gain access to the famous address.
In an interview with ABC, Obama said the unpopular move to suspend the tours in the wake of automatic spending cuts “was not- a decision that went up to the White House.” Still, Obama said he wants to find a way partial tours can resume.
“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,” Obama said in the interview that aired Wednesday. “Can we make sure that- kids, potentially, can still come to tour?”
In the spirit of bipartisanship, one thing the First Family can do to get the tours going again is take fewer lavish vacations. The First Family has spent an average of $20,000,000 a year on vacations. For instance, when President Obama played golf with Tiger Woods, First Lady Michelle Obama vacationed in Colorado.
Where’s the shared sacrifice, Mr. President? With people still struggling, President Obama should be setting an example by living a less lavish lifestyle. Americans don’t begrudge him taking a vacation once a year. They’ve just got a problem with him and the First Family frequently taking lavish vacations.
If the First Family didn’t set the record for taking the most vacations in this nation’s history, there’d be tons of money in the Secret Service’s budget to pay for a year’s worth of White House tours.
Instead, the First Family has taken the attitude that they should be treated like royalty, that they should be able to frequently take lavish vacations to Aspen, Spain, Martha’s Vineyard, Hawaii and the Orient. That’s just a partial list of the First Family’s frequent vacations.
The other thing that’s bugging people, including some in the media, is how President Obama, the Leader of the Free World, portrays himself as an innocent bystander in this calamity:
Obama, speaking with ABC News, tried to distance himself from the decision, pinning it on the Secret Service, though other accounts have indicated both the Secret Service and White House had a role in the move.
That isn’t presidential leadership. That’s what political gamesmanship looks like. The Leader of the Free World wants us to think that he can change the course of human history but he can’t influence the day-to-day goings on inside the West Wing? Does anyone think that the man with a reputation of being a control freak can’t control his family’s travels? Does anyone think he can’t make decisions that would save enough money to have kept the White House tours going?
Families across the United States make budget decisions like this every day. The Leader of the Free World wants us to believe he isn’t capable of doing what families routinely do?
Shame on President Obama for acting like he’s impotent on this matter.
Here’s the reality. President Obama is acting like he doesn’t have a say in these matters because he’s taking a major hit with John and Jane Q. Public. He’s acted irresponsibly. He didn’t put in place a plan to protect these tours, possibly because he thought he could do these things, then get the media to help him in blaming Republicans for his deliberate decisions.
Mr. President, it’s time you stopped living like you were royalty. It’s time you started doing the things that get government back running like it’s supposed to run. It’s pretty pathetic that you chose to live a lavish lifestyle rather than keep the People’s House open for tours.