White House Solution to Sequester? Stop Tours & Pay Calligraphers $227,000 Per Year

On Tuesday, the White House took cost cutting measures for the first time since Barack Obama was president.  In reaction to sequestration, the White House announced that they were going to cancel all tours of the nation’s presidential palace starting on Saturday.  All tours that have been previously scheduled are also being cancelled.

In an effort to shift the blame to Congress, the White House stated that any constituents wanting a tour must go through their respective congressional representatives.  It will then be up to them to either conduct a tour or turn the American people away.  The official White House email sent to Congress stated in part:

“We very much regret having to take this action, particularly during the popular spring touring season.”

The Secret Service claims that they will save money with the cancellation of tours by reassigning their people to other duties, thus eliminating overtime pay.  They issued the following statement:

“We very much regret having to take this action, particularly during the popular spring touring season.”

Many Republican congressmen are inviting everyone to visit the Capitol Building and other landmark sites in Washington DC.  One of those is Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) who says that Obama is playing politics with the budget cuts to make it as hard on Americans as possible.  She issued a statement saying:

“It’s unfortunate the president has chosen to implement his sequester by canceling White House tours instead of urging Senate Democrats to cut wasteful spending.  We welcome the opportunity to provide a free tour of the U.S. Capitol to anyone visiting Washington who will now be unable to visit the White House because of the president’s decision. Spending is the problem. And instead of making responsible spending cuts, the president has now denied American people access to the White House.”

If you really want to know where Obama and White House’s priorities are during the sequestration, consider this bit of information.  The White House employs three calligraphers who are paid $85,953, $94,372 and $96,725 a year for their fancy penmanship.  With today’s computer technology, one person could create everything the White House needs via computer.  Spending $227,050 a year for hand calligraphy seems a little much to me.  Taxpayers pay for Obama and the White House and their consideration, such as tours, should be a priority, especially over fancy penmanship.

I heard that someone posted on Facebook that Obama should be forced to stop playing golf until the economy is fixed.  I would add that the Obama family be allowed 1 vacation a year and only for the immediate family.  Between the golf and vacations, the White House would have plenty of money to pay for staff to conduct tours.

However, this is another prime example of how little Obama cares about the American people.  We are nothing more than chattel to him, something to own, use and abuse.


  • http://www.facebook.com/smichaelwilson Scott Wilson

    Are you upset about the White House staffing full-time calligraphers because you don't know how to pronounce it, or does fancy hand-writing just feel too elitist? Maybe you're right, perhaps the White House should be just sending out to Kinko's for all of its formal documents. Come to think of it, I'll bet you the White House chefs make much more than that. Why aren't you on their case for not ordering out to Papa John's for their meals? Hey, and how come Obama gets bullet-proof limousines and we don't? That's unfair!

    Here's an idea. If you are dead serious about your claim that the staff calligraphers cost more than Secret Service security for White House visits, how about offering some cost analysis on exactly how much it costs to beef up security while guiding groups of tourists through the White House (I'm sure security-cleared secret service agents don't cost much by the hour), pro-rate that against the calligrapher staff's annual salary, minus the cost of outsourcing the creation of hand-written documents, and then present the actual difference to support your argument?

    Nah, you're right. Better to just grab a high-paying and elitist-sounding staff position at random and cry about it. Much easier than actually researching and supporting the argument.

    • rodstew

      And your facts, sir..............

      • http://blaze.com/ mathchopper

        Scott doesn't need facts. He's not a Republican

    • Nano 9

      Dude really.. who made you this kings jester. I thought old Scotch and Water Biden had that bit part

    • truepatriotintx

      You fool! It's just another example of frivolous waste in the government. The author targeted the white house because that's where the fraud-in-chief thinks he's making cuts by cancelling tours, as hypocritical as they are. It's like a 5-yr old taking his ball and going home because the other kids won't do what he wants.

    • RobfromVA

      How about this? Obama quits his campaign tour and stays in Washington handling the huge problems our country faces. We bring home the huge Secret Service army it takes to protect him while he's out touring. We then furlough 1/2 of them and the other 1/2 can watch the White House while tourist visit. And no, I don't have a cost analysis but common sense tells anyone with a 80 IQ or better there is money to be saved here!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Scott/100002103340101 Ed Scott

      are you an idiot?

  • Screeminmeeme

    Right, Giacomo.

    But you know......priorities are important to Obama and the American people have just got to learn that they are at the bottom of the list.

    • http://blaze.com/ mathchopper

      But the uninformed Democrap voter doesn't know that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/smichaelwilson Scott Wilson

    If you're serious about pointing out government waste and misappropriation of funds during talks of sequester budget cuts, how about the documented $80 Billion wasted on fraud and mismanagement during the Iraq war? A bit more outrageous than paying a professional salary for quality stationary work, I would think.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ron.wieder.3 Ron Wieder

      Scotty, Time for you to beam back up ! Poor Lad, would ya be getting paid for protect'n The FRAUD ?

    • rodstew

      How about the trillions spend on the Democratic War on Poverty that has not worked.

      • http://blaze.com/ mathchopper

        That's in the past. That argument is only used by Democraps.

    • Whackajig

      Pssst, hey low info Scott. Nothing can now be done about waste in the past. Let's concentrate on stopping ovomit from spending us into oblivion.

    • truepatriotintx

      If you're gonna go there, how about the billions or trillions spent on the "War on Drugs"? Is it a real war? Are we winning it?

      • nomidazolam

        I know your question is rhetorical, but NO we can't win the "War on Drugs." Drugs are inanimate objects. It's not really possible to wage/win a war on an inanimate object. I can see a correlation between the drug war and gun control! After all if we can wage war on an inanimate object, then inanimate objects can wage war on us. Damnable gun uprising anyway! On the serious side the forfeiture laws make drugs very lucrative for law enforcement. So I imagine the CIA brings in the dope to help out the police force. After all, how are they expected to fund their tanks, drones, fully automatic "defense" weapons, intellilights, etc without the drug forfeiture loot?

    • a marine .

      So 20 million dollars for a Hawaiian vacation is ok, Damn you need to work for the scum sucking low life liar thief butcher of Benghazi muslim POS der kenyan fuhrer obamaass, or do you already?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Scott/100002103340101 Ed Scott

      yep! you are an idiot. Yoiu have proved it.

    • Don39

      Hey you thoughtful midget, why don't you compare apples to....say the ocean?

  • John M

    However, for $500,000, the tour remains open . . .

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

      Four times a year. I wonder if they get diner with that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/laraine.walker.37 Laraine Walker

      dont forget it uses volunteers to who the tour....

  • starfish

    Spending money to drill for oil and build an aquarium in Brazil is not wasteful or misguided spending.
    Free Health Care for Pakistani's while Americans can look forward to $20,000 a year for their families is not wasteful spending. Lavish vacations are not wasteful--even though a budget has still not been
    produced.

    • truepatriotintx

      A budget has not been passed by this administration in over 1400 days. Do they care? Do they even know what a budget is? I think not.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Scott/100002103340101 Ed Scott

        If you pass a buget, you are supposed to live by that budget. This way obama can just spend what ever he wants to. Who needs a budget?

      • 7papa7

        IMHO no budget then they must stay in DC until a budget is passed and they get no pay until one is passed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Scott/100002103340101 Ed Scott

      Been delusional long?

      • Don39

        Don't know much about sarcasm?

  • http://www.facebook.com/pizzed.off Pizzed Off

    Who the hell does Obama think he is? The WHITE HOUSE is the "People's House", not his! Let him move out so the OWNER'S can visit what belongs to them in the first place!

    • Hotnike

      I think it is time our congress to throw Obama out of the White House or maybe it coming down to WE THE PEOPLE need to to it. Obama is a real ignoramus.

      • Don39

        Our congress? Who are you kidding? WE have no congress, at least few of us do.

    • Don39

      When the people get wise enough he will be living in an underground shelter or in another country!

  • Whackajig

    RE: cost savings.............. my recomendation is to completely defund the Secret Service. I am sure that everyone loves ovomit so much that no possible harm could come to him.

    • ladyceo

      And then he can sign an E.O. stating that he's off limits to anyone who would hurt him! (chuckle chuckle)

  • http://twitter.com/knussel Babsan

    This Dictator is nauseating to say the least

  • Curley Q

    Awesome then we can cease all Foreign Aid y know Kerry is over seas spending money like a drunken sailor That means no 250 Million to Obamas Muslim Brotherhood pals and all the other millions he is funneling to the terrorist groups in the Middle East lets not Forget Valerie Jarrett the so called dual citizen of America and Iran is she the one that made you stall on Iran O Old boy till they had produced their bomb ????? maybe they are just rumors

    • http://www.facebook.com/mert.wilson1 Mert Wilson

      YOU have never seen a drunken sailor.

  • ste1021

    The voters have re-elected a person who will hurt American citizens as much as possible for political reasons. The people who voted for this creature must be very proud!

    • http://blaze.com/ mathchopper

      They are neutral because they don't have a clue on what's happening. And they won't know until their O'BummerPhones are taken away.

  • truepatriotintx

    Yet the masses continue to support this fraud. Nothing more than amazing ignorance. I don't think I'll ever understand it other than to think it is supernatural and it has nothing to do with the God of heaven.

  • Nano 9

    It was the Honorable Louie Gohmert from Tx that wrote to the king asking to reopen the White House Tours, very good letter

  • Don

    It seems that Mr. Obama doesn't realize that the White House belongs to the American people he is basically our renter. Perhaps he should be be evicted and move to another location where he can pay his own rent. He should also pay for his family vacations and golf trips as the rest of us do.

    • http://blaze.com/ mathchopper

      Of course he knows. But he gets away with it, doesn't he? Waddia gonna do about it?

    • Doodlebug

      And, unfortunately, we even pay him big bucks to rent our house! I like the idea of not paying for all that goes with his golfing until he opens up the people's house once again. How do you like his taking all those Republicans out to dinner last night?? Nice show! Will it amout to any good?

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.fox.98892 Benjamin Fox

    real idiot the nazi-in-chief, walking your dog yet, you that is dumber then a rock?

    • http://blaze.com/ mathchopper

      Explain to me. If he's so-o-o dumb, how has he been able to kill us? What does that make you?

  • darkcyder

    as Michelle Obama said "let them eat cake". Oh, wait that was Marie Antoinette. It must suck to be an ordinary citizen. Actually Michelle said- "Let them NOT eat cake" unless they want their butts to look like mine. A nave rushes into Obama's room and shouts "Sir- the peasants are revolting" Obama says "Yes, I agree."

  • deseartu

    As taxpayers who pay all of these ignorant peoples salaries should get the tours! His arogance to especially be hurting children who take these tours on their class trips is disgusting! So much for the children they say they adore for our futures! What a joke! Would you expect anything else from this Non American Muslim Coomunist hypocrit killing of American Consulates ??? I know there is a sniper out there to take one for the team without them even finding out who did it? Please spare our American's the misery before Hitler takes over all over again!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1432067915 David Mashburn

    why not fire Michelle's 40 personal assistants?

  • NymRod

    The very first things that should be cut are all the golf games and multiple vacations taken each year.
    No more golf games or vacations until a budget is past.

    • Don39

      All of the nations budgets are past, every last one of them . We have not had one since Obama took office!

      • john lord

        learn to respect the english language! you guys make conservatives look like a bunch of idiots. The word is "passed," not "past"

        • Don39

          No smart ass the word is "PAST' as in long ago! As in the nation has not had a budget since long ago in the past. ,Passed, would be as in I passed gas at your comment!

  • Mike Tanco

    All of you so-called intelligent people keep covering up for this Muslim jerk called Obama. Just check his background and "MAYBE" you'll realize what the illegal from Kenya is doing. He's "TRYING" to destroy the United States just as the Muslims have told us they would do it; from within.
    He was raised by communist grandparents and his mentor was Marshall Davis. Mr. Davis was a member of the American communist party.
    People don't keep turning your back on the stuff this moron is doing. He isn't a leader and never will be.

  • Kat

    Most of the people that put him in office both times do not care about this. All they care is that he gives them welfare money,free insurance, free cellphones, money for rent, legal citizenship, etc! They could care less about touring the White House. They have no idea what sequester means and have probably never heard of it.

    • Don39

      Most of them do not know where the WH is or they think Obama bought it along with their cell phone and food stamps!

  • http://www.facebook.com/grethe.busalacchi Grethe D. Busalacchi

    We need Ted Cruz. Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Rubio Tom McClintock and DR. BENJAMIN CARSON. Also the honesty of Allan West. The dictator, his Chicago thug administration and all his czars need to go, tarred and feathered and run pver to Cuba. Venezuela may be able to use them as well.

  • bill etch

    ... and the emperor has spoken.

  • bill etch

    Remember that democracy means you are a racist if you disagree with the president.

  • o4heavenssake

    And here I thought the white house belonged to the American people.

    • Don39

      Not during a dictatorship!

  • WhiteFalcon

    Since the White House tours were done mostly by volunteers, what Ovomit did is just another bad joke, just like he is. It is, in effect, another lie.

  • jmark72

    T^his dictator ObaMao needs to assume room temperature as soon as possible.

  • jsmithcsa

    Remember the goal is to punish the American people to make us hate Republicans. When you view it that way, it all makes sense.

  • Brabado

    What anyone in America can expect from a South Chicago bread Socialist, staying at the White House, who target American Families and their Children, when he doesn't get what he wants. i.e. extortion, blackmail, and panic!

    Nothing new here, is there?

  • Jed54

    Who cares.. wouldn't want to tour that **** house anyway....hand calligraphy .... My GOD the waste..

  • Work2SnowSki

    They also have a $100k dog walker???? Crazy Town..........

    • Don39

      Hey would you walk Obama dog for even $100,.000? I wouldn't.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laraine.walker.37 Laraine Walker

    this does not make sense like everything he does..his agenda is to destroy, make us attack each other and be our first dictator //its so clear...

  • John M

    Rumor has it that "White" House is no longer PC. Officially established the White House by Teddy Roosevelt in 1901, could more "change" be in the air?

  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.renu.5 Randy Renu

    Bottom line. You can't beat this clown while he is in office. Grin and bear it. The only way to turn events around in this country is wait until the next election and elect Alfred E Newman. This country has a mental illness that cannot be cured...it is terminal.

  • Don39

    Who is buying this load of leftist manure? Not the American people. This is worse than could be any modern Shakespearian tragicomedy! A black comedy in the White House, gotta love it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronald.chappell.73 Ronald Chappell

    You all seem sufficiently dissatisfied with such things. Perhaps you should check this out:

    http://dcclothesline.com/2013/02/19/is-it-time-to-organize-the-revolution/comment-page-21/#comments>

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronald.chappell.73 Ronald Chappell

    Has anyone tried to buy ammunition lately? They don't need more crazy laws. They are already buying up all inventory and charging the debt off to our children.

  • billb

    the obama machine has threatened any one that dont play the way they want them to -- is it wrong to threathen obama since he is not qualified to hold the office of the president?? he has to be the most hateful mean muslim that could ever be in his fraudulent position

  • billb

    this is jsut the tip of the ice berg people obama is jsut playing games with us right now wait till he really gets hateful he will make hitler look like a chior boy