On Tuesday, the White House announced that it was canceling all public tours of the presidential residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue due to the sequester, the Washington Post reported.

“Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House Tours will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule affected tours,” the White House said.

When asked about the decision to cancel the tours, Obama simply smiled and waved, the Washington Times said.

But Mary Matalin told Sean Hannity Tuesday night that the tours are run by volunteers.

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