The Obama administration recently announced that they were going to suspend tours of the White House stating that the sequester was to blame. In an article published on politico.com it is stated that the White House sent the following email to members of Congress... "Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House Tours will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule affected tours."
Many of those attending tours are school age children who are part of field trips from their school. They hold fundraisers to raise the money that is needed to fund their trip to Washington. These trips are very educational and touring the White House is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of the students.
The Obama administration merely wants to cut things that affect Americans the most, this is why he has stated that firefighters, police, and teacher's jobs will be cut and that there will be longer lines at the airport due to having to cut TSA agents. But he has yet to cut any of his or Michele's staff.
According to a report published on whitehouse.gov the Obama administration consist of 469 staff members whose salaries total over $37 million. Some of the positions and their annual salaries ...
(20) Staff Assistants $42,000 each
(5) Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel $113,000 each
(9) Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President $114,000-$130,000 each
(12) People who have various job titles that all involve taking care of the First Lady, Combined salary $1,048,200
You can see the entire list here http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/annual-records/2012
Soon after announcing the White Hours tours would be canceled, Obama had a dinner meeting with some Republicans. Since money is so tight that tours for kids have to be cut you would think that having the dinner at the White House would be the most cost efficient since it is already secure and there would be no cost to transport the President but no, they meet at a place that is 6 blocks from the White House and it takes a 20 car motorcade to get the President to the dinner!? You can watch the ABC News report here http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RSfIi1SCz8I
Canceling the tours saves $18,000 a week out of the Secret Service budget because they are responsible for the security of the tours, which if they stay canceled for the remainder of the year saves a total of $756,000. That is close to the $1 million dollars that it cost taxpayers for Obama's golf weekend with Tiger Woods in February. So I ask you Mr. President, think you could possibly give up a few golf games or lavish vacations because those also entail the services of the Secret Service and apparently they are strapped for cash!