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White House tours are still suspended.
But now the White House is saying that the sequester there are some there's some flexibility.
That we get this released today.
From the White House this is Associated Press White House official says -- Obama has decided to return part of his salary each month.
For the rest of the year to share in the sacrifice the government employees are making the president makes 400000 dollars per year 5% pay cut amounts to a little less than.
17100 dollars per month with that -- -- panel.
You know it's pretty insulting I would say to voters imagining eating out of which this -- where his -- you people really relate to this.
This is a guy who lives in the single most luxurious circumstances of any person on the planet literally -- -- billions Barack Obama lives better than anybody.
17100 bucks a month I mean it's insulting to -- If you really wanted to make a sacrifice have a pulling back the cult of personality stuff maybe a few no fewer trips -- -- photo ops and no fewer parties.
That might actually make a difference it's hard tweeted anybody would be swayed by this.
-- well you know he hadn't done that I guess people be criticizing him for that column I don't think he does frankly them more -- senate bills in the -- I think there are sultans in for -- -- and maybe if you.
Princes in Saudi Arabia and with a little bit higher than Barack well I don't know I mean that I'm just throwing that out.
Because it may you know obviously it's symbolic politics I'm sure talkers right David Cook it up -- -- -- in the White House -- ran a focus group.
But you know it would have been it would -- -- better he did it two months ago let's put it that way -- -- began flight path I I don't fault for making gestures.
We I mean you talk about small ball.
You know we still have a lot of big issues that we talk about on this panel all the time.
Entitlements we won't get the budget.
Supposedly next Wednesday.
There are a lot of big things and yet.
Here we are.
And it is a lot of money.
I think -- right 101000 dollars -- for half a year or something.
When you consider that the first speech he -- after he leaves office -- -- about a quarter of million dollars.
It gives you scale that I I I I think it's actually Smart move.
Complete symbolism than the amount of money is.
Ridiculous but he's been losing altitude on the sequestered he made miscalculation.
On that he thought he could.
Really hit the Republicans and he's getting hit on this every day on the Border Patrol.
By -- to -- its interest so I think this is probably a little bit to stem.
You know of the dissent that he's -- over in this issue is small.
Symbolism but -- give them I won't give him credit but I think it's it's a good PR move that certainly can't hurt him it will hurt him a little bit with.
Extreme cynics like my friend but that's me as a moderate state products moderates and that's usually characterizing yourself is getting really mellow in my old age.
I think I can swallow it back.
So but if he had about fifty of his.
Administration officials who did the same thing you could restart the White House -- exactly or.
About CI -- and in this one's if he cancels.
Live golf trips with tiger that's a million dollars a shot just for the airplane.
Which by the inflated.
Levels of Secret Service expenses -- matures is at least a month and.
Today Defense Secretary -- said that the sequester cuts.
Cuts in the future growth of spending are already having.
Significant effects on the military.
Do you think this is going to be a lasting effect -- we're going to feel over time.
Well they were of course designed to do that that's why they were they were designed to be odious not just to the left it to the right to Republicans who worry about.
Our defense capabilities and and the truth is probably should -- this I don't know the answer.
And I don't know if anybody knows the answer I mean clearly there are many things that you could cut from the defense budget that wouldn't hurt our readiness -- make us less safe.
Are those the things being cut had died I don't think that's clear.
Has come back though chuck him -- today we heard from.
Jay -- that.
That they were there is flexible.
Yeah I mean I'm going to take actually secretary former secretary now Panetta at his word when he said that these.
Sequester cuts threatened serious harm to national security and obviously he has an incentive.
Two state and is not overstate the make them sound as serious as they are but they're there they're going to be real limitations how much training they can engage and how much maintenance of the weapons systems they -- and so forth and I think it's not trivial.
And as you said in the big picture this is a teaspoon in the ocean of of debt and we look at it remains the issue related we're always has been -- entitlements.
And that begins with tax reform I think in principle it could be a deal.
But the obstacles Obama has not shown and iota of interest in entitlement reform until he does nothing happened.
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