In an ABC News interview that aired last night, President Obama sat down with George Stephanopoulos to discuss an array of topics, among them the decision to halt White House tours due to sequestration cuts.
“How deeply [does the Secret Service] have to furlough their staff, and is it worth it to make sure that we’ve got White House tours if it means that we have a whole bunch of families who are depending on a paycheck that are suddenly experiencing a five or 10 percent reduction in their pay,” he said.
Stephanopoulos broke in, however, asking him if that meant he wouldn’t reconsider opening the White House doors. “Well, what I’m asking them is,” the president said, “is there a way, for example for us to accommodate school groups … can we make sure that kids can potentially still come to tour?”
Eric Bolling, co-host of The Five, publicly offered last week to cover the costs of one week of the tours. He reacted this morning to news of the tours possibly resuming, saying that the reason he made the offer in the first place was because of the nation’s children.