Jay Carney Smacks Down Question About Cost Of President’s Golf Outings
The fight for control over the post-sequester narrative continued Wednesday afternoon, as several reporters pressed White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on the decision to cancel tours of the White House, in order to avoid Secret Service furloughs and cutbacks. After squaring President Obama‘s assertion that canceling the tours was not the White House’s decision, Carney faced grilling from ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, who wondered what it costs for the President “to go and play golf?”
Canceling the White House tours has resulted in some fairly deadly PR, but the White House insists they had no choice, or rather, a worse choice. White House tours are arranged months in advance, though, and disappointed schoolchildren are notoriously unforgiving on budgetary matters.
In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, President Obama said that the decision to cancel the tours was “not a decision that went up to the White House,” and that he’s having the Secret Service review the possibility of accommodating some tours. “What I’m asking them is are there ways, for example, for us to accommodate school groups– you know, who may have traveled here with some bake sales. Can we make sure that– kids, potentially, can– can still come to tour?” the President said.