Gingrich: 'Cancelling White House Tours is Childish and Dishonest'

March 6, 2013 - 11:23 AM

Some members of the GOP have lambasted President Obama over the cancellation of White House tours effective March 9, 2013, saying if he'd cancel a golf outing or two, that would be enough to cover the costs of tours. The White House cites the $85 billion in sequester budget cuts and "staffing reductions" as the reason for cancelling the tours. 

Still, Obama's golf weekend with Tiger Woods cost as much as 341 federal workers furloughed. The total price tag of the trip "cost taxpayers over a million dollars," according to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). 

"Canceling White House tours is childish and dishonest -- the golf weekend in Florida cost enough to keep the White House open for months," Newt Gingrich tweeted.

Gingrich followed up by saying Obama should be challenged to publicly announce the costs of White House tours. "Obama should be challenged-publish cost of white house tours- money could be raised to protect public access- this is silly and demeaning."

National Republican Senatorial Committee Strategist Brad Dayspring, wrote, "White House cancels tours post sequester. Now I guess the only way to get inside Obama WH is to give $500,000 to OFA."

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) even proposed an amendment to a budget bill that would prohibit Obama from using federal money to travel and golf until tours are resumed. "All it will cost is one or two golf trips less," Gohmert stated. 

"None of the funds made available by a division of this Act may be used to transport the President to or from a golf course until public tours of the White House resume," Gohmert's amendment said.

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