Closing White House Tours Backfires on Obama


I mentioned that the president is having a little trouble here with the sequester and the White House tours being shut down. In fact, in Politico there’s a story: “Now Democrat Worry: Did President Obama Cry Wolf? — President Barack Obama hopes to spark a pitchfork revolt against Republicans over sequester-induced budget cuts — but many Democrats fret that he’s undermined that effort with an early strategy marred by hype, poor planning and muddled messaging.”

Imagine that! Democrats saying all of that about Obama? Hype, poor planning, muddled messaging? “The stakes in the sequester debate aren’t quite as high as they were during the debt ceiling battle of 2011, but Democratic veterans of the Obama-Republican wars of 2009 and 2010 are getting a creepy sense of deja vu from a White House messaging shop they believe fumbled the rollouts of the stimulus and health care initiatives.” (interruption)

No. They never got above 50%. They’re very worried here that people can’t find these sequester cuts — and when you can find ’em, they’re cuts that don’t make any sense. We’re shutting down White House tours while Obama takes a 20-vehicle caravan one half a mile? By the way, that’s how far the trip was from the White House to dinner with the Republican ruling class guys last night: Half a mile! Twenty cars! How many people in those cars do you think attended dinner?

One. Well, I don’t know. Maybe McCain and Graham drove over there with Obama. I have no idea. But I guarantee you that the people in those 20 cars for a half a mile were not at dinner. Yet we can’t keep the White House open for tours, and it’s not playing well for Obama and the media. The media is mad.



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