Generally Speaking: Obama shuts down White House tours
Just when two busloads of students from Fort Hamilton High School’s music and choral department are going toWashington, D.C. to perform at a music competition and to tour the capital, the high point of their memorable trip won’t be realized.
After months of planning, with U.S. Representative Michael Grimm‘s Washington office and the White House, plus the students all psyched up about this possible once-in-lifetime White House tour, the Obama administration pulls the plug–to strengthen a petty argument that it is all due to the Sequester — using this family-sensitive ploy and employing youngsters across the country as pawns in a cheap, strategic chess game to pressure primarily theRepublican-led House of Representatives to agree to Obama’s wish list for increased spending and closing tax loopholes.
While the public tours are self-directed, the Secret Service is indicating they can’t continue the fundingthat has been in place for past administrations to do routine screening, surveillanceand ID checks. So with the commander-in-chiefs approval, they have arbitrary and copiously cancelled all public White House tours.
On another front, President Barack Obama has issued two Presidential Proclamations designating March as Women’s History Month and Irish-American Heritage Month.