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.

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

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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?

      1. 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?

    3. 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?

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. 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!

    1. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

    1. 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?

  12. 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.”

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

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

        1. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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?

  21. 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?

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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

  25. 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

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