The White House remains closed for public tours as a publicity stunt on the part of the Obama administration attempting to inflict maximum visible pain in the wake of the sequester. But with each day that passes, this stunt becomes all the more ridiculous. Now the White House is upping the ante by insinuating that the White House Easter Egg Roll may be on the chopping block because of “funding uncertainty.” A White House memo warns of the following:
“Finally, by using these tickets, guests are acknowledging that this event is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty surrounding the Executive Office of the President and other federal agencies,” it reads. “If cancelled, the event will not be re-scheduled. We will notify you if there are any modifications to this event.”
Clearly this is yet another attempt by the White House to inflict maximum pain on the public, literally taking candy out of little kids' baskets for the sake of scoring political points. The White House Easter Egg Roll is mostly funded by private donations.
Instead of canceling White House tours for school children and telling kids with Easter baskets that they can't participate in a century old tradition, perhaps The Annointed One could cancel one of his many golf trips or vacations. Not only will he not do that, you can't even ask about the possibility of him reforming his lavish lifestyle. A local reporter recently asked White House Press Secretary: “When there is government workers who may be furloughed, millions of Americans unemployed, and family budgets that have been cut, how does the President justify lavish vacations and a golf trip to Florida at taxpayer expense? And does he plan to cut back on his travel?” That's an excellent question and one that I've been posing on this show for quite some time. Jay Carney's response wasn't simply a “yes” or “no.” Considering the cost of the Obamas' lifestyle, you would think that there could be some consideration of “shared sacrifice.” But instead, Jay Carney danced around the issue, pointing to the President's focus on job creation. He even managed to get in a dig at the Republicans for embracing the “economic policies that shift the entire burden of deficit reduction onto senior citizens, middle-class families, Medicaid recipients.” Uh, I thought the question was about The Annointed One's travel and and golf trips?