White House reversing course of public tours?
Jay Carney calls 'The Five' to explain decision
- Duration 11:35
- Date Mar 14, 2013
Jay Carney calls 'The Five' to explain decision
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White House -- front I got an interest in call today from the Obama administration earlier this morning.
And it looks like the press the president may be close to reopening the people's house Washington Post editorial page I have a right here says.
-- -- the White House -- is calling it a bureaucratic hostage taking.
But it's been a rough couple -- days for mr.
Jay Carney in the briefing room watch.
The Secret Service told us -- the -- -- cost 74000.
Dollars if we knew how much is it going to cost for the president to travel this week ago.
The president's passing -- it's.
And he's elected to represent all the people and he travels around the country appropriately.
And -- to figure on the cost of presidential travel is.
Obviously something has every president deals with because of security and staff.
A significant undertaking but.
-- the president has to travel around the country -- travel around the world that is part of his job.
I'm -- cost from the golf at all John again you know you're trivializing and impact here people will lose their jobs.
Well this morning Jay Carney called -- to talk it out.
I don't think they expected this kind of push back.
Here's how explained that the limits in the event -- evidently they're trying to reopen the tourists but the supposedly waiting on the Secret Service for approval.
I'm not sure what a commander in chief can't just order them to do what he is the president after all right.
Anyway I appreciated the call but we need to see some action AS AP -- -- -- what's the over under how long before they open up the White House -- again first of.
-- glad that Jay Carney cleared up that the president is the president of the United States ferry Ohio yeah I was very confusing place -- that okay.
I think that they are going to probably make a decision may be tomorrow Friday at.
And all the reporters have left didn't have to stop the bleeding.
And the fact that they blame the Secret Service in the first place is just ridiculous and if you're gonna blame anybody he blamed the men and women that protect you.
For the group of people that protect -- I -- I think it's ridiculous and -- saying.
I'm not gonna manage this or I'm.
Not capable of managing it and both sound really bad but we know that he could if they don't know what you think they think the White House and its handling the -- -- towards the back.
I don't think that there's no way that anybody ran -- by the press office before they made the decision and it closed White House -- I showed -- fight left that I kept as -- gasoline in at my desk.
And if I knew something bad was going to happen I would pull the cat out -- the gasoline all over myself and take a box of matches and stand outside the -- office and say.
Who's gonna fix this before I like this -- And -- used at in the press officer actually -- get a lot done and stop bad things from happening.
This is gone on for two weeks they look ridiculous another wasted an entire interview with ABC news' George Stephanopoulos yesterday.
And this is the news that came out of it but the president blame the Secret Service for a decision about White House too is if you gotten to run for president the United States.
You'd think you believe that you had a little bit more power and not be able to tell.
Secret Service -- it will elect to reopen is that is there anyway we can move around the budget is a little bits we can take care of these skewers it's so Greg when the phone rang it came in my cellphone and it was.
That's all we can you call me back in the land line in and she did.
I thought you were Frankie that's -- effective.
-- like you're ready I guess I'd guess that should tell you.
That was pretty what -- -- a tremendous Jay -- impression and aunt Polly I do as I silently weep over the the -- -- rally.
Edgy right blaming the Secret Service is the worst thing you can do it's like a baby blaming her diaper.
If if this Secret Service breaks wind the president -- Have to take blame for that because these guys take your bullets so you and you never do that this is the out here they called the Washington monument syndrome.
The government is trying to show the bruises.
And it's equal -- -- like if you if you if a husband goes Thomas tells his -- we got to cut stuff from the budget.
She takes she she stops buying beer you know -- that thing detectives like I'm gonna get back if you.
The White House -- a ways acting like an angry girlfriend who just burned your favorite sweater when that yellow to -- And that we -- like I'd say what you want I just look at I think.
Guys put up that I may throw up I am still happy neural -- do please do it on the set so high grain -- -- it's going to happen and I got 42 minutes to get through and blame the White House if it gets Bob what about it.
Our source SP to Jay Carney gets on the phone in -- subject -- -- -- pres Obama with the interview with with us Stephanopoulos said he -- decision the president made -- decision then you guys yesterday but in the briefing said.
Knows the Secret Service lets you control of the board here which one is it any kind of went through this.
This series at the Secret Service said they -- cutting back and therefore the president had to make a decision for the safety of the White House and for everyone to cut towards.
I'm still not sure whose whose fault that.
As well first of -- that that was one of the most exciting things Jay Carney was looking forward to let.
Return your phone call.
The other -- you what you think it was you thought you were Eric Boehlert.
That's funny I think it was determined and you know.
Obama needed to take responsibly for in -- differently but I think what it has been determined the Secret Service made decision to cut back on those -- so.
But that doesn't matter it was mishandled from beginning.
I just want to know who that little guy was who's asking that question analyst Jonathan Karl Jonathan Carl -- -- Jonathan -- you think fantastic reporter with ABC news while he does this -- I warm up wait a little bit.
Listen hard to take a listen to that this is a former Secret Service agent under Bill Clinton -- what he would say with -- There on the Secret Service under the bus then I'm not speaking for -- -- -- a former agent but I know a lot of men and women who have spoken me -- this we're still there are very upset about this.
You know this was I -- -- political carriages and men and women who would lay down their lives.
At a moment's notice for the present -- United States and he conveniently finds a political target man.
Uses them not knowing that there you know what they're gonna take it on the chin they always do because that's the kind of folks they are but -- this this disgusted me really did.
Blank runs down hill.
I mean he really in in a big way and and it really this is this is so.
Typical though of the White House he is the commander in chief there is no one more powerful arguably in government then hand.
He can fix -- if he wants.
I do want to ask you go where did they at least thank you for your offer did he -- any.
And I can't say what he said yeah here's what he said he said you said it was it was kind gesture -- at took notes.
He says -- kind gesture you can write a check to the treasury.
But you can't that's specifically have a purpose -- can't ear marked for -- that was -- I.
Why can't for one year we allow the American public when they're paying their taxes.
Two year -- earmark -- -- of their taxes to the things that they want if they want the white house press tours if they want to -- -- military if they want social programs you know what's gonna happen.
All the things that matter.
Are gonna get supported the military to police the roads and all the little fluffy stuff will disappear no more -- her I guess he didn't get -- that you live in a very -- just one quick question Dana very quickly the Washington Post editorial page they reopened the White House source.
Calling it bureaucratic hostage taking.
-- -- Yeah Abbott and there it's -- yeah that's why I think that they could have stopped -- from the beginning also I.
Good point earlier it's that in the green -- operate here to the table.
Going to throw the Secret Service under the bus.
Why not do it two weeks ago on the night when they announce at the White House to it would be collapsed because if you're gonna throw under the -- -- -- -- all Secret Service.
You can't to close the White House stewards -- figure this out the White House we'll save that today in.
That -- a Secret Service on that and instead they've made everybody look bad and.
They have a senators say is that Secret Service agent who spoke on the record I would bet you a million bucks he voted for -- -- -- And yet.
There's a -- -- Called me up on the all Smart Republican he rammed though congress under the Republican and under Republican ticket so why -- -- who who cares what she added so I thought it was kind of litmus test -- we don't -- the mainstream media didn't drive this didn't shine the light on this weren't.
Conservatives that we did here.
They're not driving the lights are shining a light on anything you're driving most stories you -- -- Ben Ghazi you start with the Menendez schedule.
As a scandal how many times has the media had an opportunity to be first and be on top of these things.
And they missed the boat I will say though in this case.
Better late than never although now.
The president lectures on and on and on about shared sacrifice and all we hear are these announcements they're going on another vacation to Martha's Vineyard in August.
I just getting skin in the game it's not a good message to preach as one of the first things you -- when you take office when you are not doing it yourself in the I have.
Religion focus on the -- -- series you can focus on -- the little things but the fact of the matter is as I've said over and over again they're going to be.
Hundreds of thousands of people and lose their jobs because of the -- and it's not.
Funny no one's laughing about about I have to say listen I like -- -- -- -- on the kids I have a solution ice just announced data released 2000 illegal immigrants.
Many of which were criminals as some drunk drivers.
They should do the White House Stewart's send them all over there there he solved two problems but rewarded for -- for the kids what to think about that.
It's -- thought I suppose if you could if you're more accurate America right.
If you violent -- as those words can we Dana let's say they do we we -- the torch for kids.
And remember it's tough for the general public and even though it's.
PR nightmare -- -- right now into.
It doesn't want to hear about it has got if the president is say that I'm in charge -- the executive office of the president in charge of the budget.
Can we get let's begin aside -- on an answer on my desk by 8 o'clock tonight thank you very much done.
You couldn't eat out that he could do don't do you think he's gonna try and look like a hero here and say the Secret Service called me.
They I pressured them for a decision they got that's yeah hard drive pressured them -- -- -- too -- -- -- -- this this is -- Saturday Night Live territory.
They're gonna figure out a way to get themselves of the tourism open for -- probably run tomorrow and by next week this is a non issue what time Bob right before 5 o'clock right doesn't matter -- advantage is on target that was pitchers in this story I have got its immediate navy has a few more hours.
Are you on your mind caviar and my son is bigger story as a few more hours it's still.
They're all keeping there even if you won't he'll get a little bit more like breathe yeah.
Are defending them it's crazy I'm not defending them on the -- -- -- -- -- he's got a lot of open what instilled the White House it was still good field but it will be open.
I will say this I don't care about the two I don't care about the kids.
Kids don't care about not you know I got -- -- before.
Kids not getting a White House to -- don't go get a summer job.
It's a -- we can't find a summer job because of the Obama economy.
Then they should run the -- to -- -- you got the tuition assistance program for the military that's a stuff you know would you know that's that's that the arbitrary shotgun approach that that Obama used with sequestration that's the real issue here music group that was part of what the military had to do but no.
Because he thought that that he thought he could do that -- get away with it.
He began to but he was gonna go -- and then when he did that we stuck holding the back.
Like you said about a month ago don't take hostages if you're not willing to.
-- -- you know was called the trigger yet what sequestration is not -- and when I get their -- next to back.