Barack Obama is a brat, a petulant child who foams at the mouth, holds his breath, sputters and mutters and refuses to cooperate or restrain himself, who uses anything and anyone, until his will is done. In the latest, the President elects to freeze out sixth graders from Iowa to implement his obligations under the sequester, closing the White House to public tours. Obama could have saved that much money by canceling one golf trip. Obama's decision is a surprising about face from the type of tour surprises that he was up to in January.
Meanwhile, the House side up on Capitol Hill has adult leadership -- the (much longer, more interesting and historically important) tours go on.
Boehner said House officials had been preparing for sequestration cuts and made sure that Capitol Hill tours would continue.White House spokesman Jay Carney has yet to respond to questions on whether big donors will have their White House access curtailed in concert with the Iowan sixth graders.
"While I’m disappointed the White House has chosen to comply with sequestration by cutting public tours, I’m pleased to assure you that public tours of the United States Capitol will continue," Boehner said. "Under the leadership of the House officers and their teams, who oversee daily operations in the Capitol in consultation with the Office of the Speaker, planning for the possibility of sequestration has been underway for some time. Consequently, alternative spending reductions have been implemented within the Capitol complex to ensure public tours and other regular activities can proceed as they normally would.
"I encourage you and your family to visit the U.S. Capitol during your trip to Washington, D.C. If you haven’t already made arrangements through my office for a Capitol tour, I encourage you to do so," Boehner concluded in the letter.