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“WE’RE REFERRING ALL CALLS TO THE WHITE HOUSE”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 15, 2013) — At 8:43 a.m. EDT, The Post & Email contacted the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Secret Service to inquire as to who made the decision to cease tours of the White House as a result of sequestration.
Obama’s spokesperson, Jay Carney, had initially said that the White House had made the decision, which became effective on March 9, while Obama claimed in an interview on Wednesday with George Stephanopoulos that the decision had been made by the Secret Service. “You know, I have to say this was not– a decision that went up to the White House. But th– what the Secret Service explained to us was that they’re gonna have to furlough some folks. What furloughs mean is– is that people lose a day of work and a day of pay,” Obama said.
Carney later contradicted his boss by stating that the Secret Service does not have the authority to cancel the tours.
The Secret Service provides 24-hour protection for Obama, his wife and two daughters, including on their many expensive vacations which have cost taxpayers more than $1 billion over the last 4+ years.
The Washington Post has termed cancellation of the tours “hostage taking.”
Upon making the call this morning, The Post & Email was connected to a gentleman of whom we asked, “Are you authorized to speak for the agency?” to which he responded, “It depends.” We then gave our name and website, stating that we report on constitutional issues and corruption in government. We then asked for a statement on the issue which has arisen over who canceled the White House tours, given that Carney and Obama had made conflicting statements.
The spokesman said, “We’re referring all calls to the White House on that.”
We then asked if we could ask a second question, to which he responded in the affirmative. We asked:
Are you aware of reports that a law enforcement investigation in Maricopa County, AZ has concluded that Obama’s long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration form are forgeries?
The man let out an exasperated sigh and said, “So what are you asking?” to which we responded, “Are you aware of that report?” to which he said, “You’ll have to call the White House.”
We said “Thank you” as he hung up.