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March 5, 2013 - 1:05 pm

The White House Visitors Office sent a note to congressional offices today announcing the cancellation of White House tours, blaming sequestration:

“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.

We very much regret having to take this action, particularly during the popular Spring touring season. For updates regarding this situation, please contact the White House Visitors Office 24 Hour Hotline at (202) 456-7041.”

“Sad to see the President’s political move to end White House tours that will only hurt the American people w/out acheiving any real savings,” tweeted Rep. John Carter (R-Texas).

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Reportedly, White House tours are led by volunteers, not paid staff.

1 year ago
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Well, for $500K, you get a WH tour that includes a chat with the Sun King.

I'd like a reporter to ask just which staff members are being "reduced". It would be pretty funny if they cannot name a single person who lost their job in the WH, but they were still forced to cancel all tours.
1 year ago
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The Kremlin didn't allow public tours either....
1 year ago
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Obama just doesn't want the public to see the islamic imans and all the prayer rugs around the White House.
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