Backlash grows over cancellation of White House tours
Reaction from Chris Stirewalt
- Duration 5:45
- Date Mar 8, 2013
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-- -- information -- at the last of the White House tours wrap up today.
Journalists and savvy researchers are beginning to lift the veil.
On just what is in the white house budget now this comes as a group of Iowa school children become a national sensation.
-- -- begging the administration to reconsider its ban on White House tours let's listen.
And well those six graders from where -- -- I had hoped to visit the White House next week.
But the White House maintains that today as well as all others who plans to visit after today can not be accommodated.
Meanwhile a closer look at the numbers finds the national parks yearly budget for the White House visitor center is more than nine million dollars.
That's about the costs operate Air Force One for just 51 hours and critics point out that the White House has no -- spending tax dollars to keep not one.
Not two but three police were first on staff.
Together they make 277000.
Dollars a year.
And then there's the First Dog Bo Obama.
Wherever he goes whenever he goes to a pet goat or a pet Smart he travels by motorcade.
That's what is going on in this picture and there's more.
But first let's bring in Chris.
Live hi Chris.
How big focus of all the expenditures at the White House has every year including -- motorcade.
The White House has decided to cancel the public tours of the White House why start there.
Look at that -- were to get all tangled up there would be no telling what would happen -- else there -- not very Fuzzy dog that things could get out of hand in no time.
-- look at what this is obviously the president is trying to hit Republicans where it hurts the administration wants Republicans remember how these two words those school kids how they got their tour.
They asked their congressman for tickets that's how you get a White House tour.
Now the president and his team at least figured last week.
We'll tell the Republicans they have to call those folks out an email those folks and say about the tour we you don't get to go and that it would hurt.
The Republican congressman -- it turns out people are -- -- than that they say hey wait a minute.
You guys spent a lot of money on a ton of stuff how come the first thing that you -- -- the first thing that you take away from us is public -- words that sounds wrong.
And it's it indicative of a larger problem that the administration and the president are having.
As they try to keep up this push against -- automatic reductions automatic increases in spending.
Which is this if you talk about relatively small amounts of money inside the federal government.
Which is what we're talking about here as you go agency by agency.
The Republicans have an endless list of wasted money in the federal government Tom Coburn senator from Oklahoma has made it his life's work to explore and document you've -- spending by the federal government.
Everything that you cut that's worth having they can say hey wait a minute what about stuff that silly that you spend money on robotics squirrels and all that good stuff.
Right right Chris let me play for you the response of some people.
Who were the last visitors to the White House before this policy goes into effect the end of today they were in line to get into the White House let's hear what they had to say the office.
-- -- Don't think it was a reasonable decision this is our house we should be able -- and go into it.
It's a lot of money but I'm sure that we spend more than that and other stuff that is.
That people would maybe be considering prevalence it's a shame man and I suspect that what they -- here is not.
Really gonna make a difference in the country's economy well I think it's unfortunate that they're using the White House -- is a method to.
-- more money out of public basically -- -- -- networks negotiating or excessive.
Chris said her first woman their -- of the White House.
Is our house that's exactly what those Waverly Iowa kids said they said the White House is our house please let us visit so isn't it possible that this will result in a backlash against.
The administration not congress but the White House itself.
Well it -- children in a backlash now the question is can the president staked out this position he has a very terrible choice to make.
Over the next three or four weeks which is this.
The federal government is -- to run out of authorization for spending towards the end of this month.
The president wants Republicans back on their heels over cuts he -- spending to go up by more Republicans wanted to go up by less.
And they're going they're duking this out so it's up to the president now with his approval ratings on the Schneider.
With things not how he wants them to -- Can he hold this ground of punishing people.
For these with these cuts using these cuts is a cudgel to make tax -- and consumers of government services feel the burn in an effort to get the Republicans to back off.
Because if he does he runs the risk of more and more people like that.
Those folks you showed standing outside the White House saying why do we have to pay the price for this ongoing budget battle between you when the Republicans in congress.
Hey Chris very quickly last what do -- three White House collude refers -- for 300000 almost 300000 dollars a year.
Well now look the president had his invitations have to look nice it's got to be tight over there and they got place cards and they have all those things.
And you have to hi -- Allegra for because it's and it's a specialized talent.
And somebody who spends their life having really good and -- there's not a ton a jobs out there for the NC got to hire one maintain them.
I don't know three years seems like a lot of -- -- but they have a lot of parties I mean shoot that's that's kind of their thing.
Okay thank you now I understand this that makes your accent my handwriting is in the cipher of all -- -- my digits thanks so much for several.
You bet I would.