Sorry, kids, the manchild in the White House comes before you.
Hundreds of school kids who have dreamed of visiting the White House on their spring break are now dealing with disappointment. Their plans have been dashed.
Less than 24 hours after the Obama administration canceled all White House tours indefinitely, parents and children from across the country have been speaking out about their frustration with Washington’s sequester.
Their message to lawmakers? “The White House is our house! Please let us visit!” chanted a group of a dozen 6th graders from Waverly, Iowa, on a call with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.
The group from St. Paul’s Lutheran School, just outside Cedar Falls, received the news of their canceled tour from Rep. Bruce Bailey’s office earlier today. They are headed for Washington a week from Friday, after months of fundraising and building excitement.
“It’s a major disappointment for them,” said Karen Thalacker, the mother of 12-year-old Malcom Newell, who was to go along. “Our kids have done everything we have asked them to do and more. Now for us to say something out of our control is making their White House trip impossible is really disappointing.”
This really is the most stunning display of churlish arrogance we can remember from a public official, never mind someone purporting to be the president. If a George W. Bush ever did this the ridicule would be unceasing and merciless, and justifiably so.
Thalacker said the 16 sixth-graders are now launching a Facebook campaign to get the White House to open the doors.
“We’re not here to pick sides about who’s right and who’s wrong. We’d just like the people’s house to stay open so that not just our group but groups all across the country can come and visit the White House,” she told ABC News. “It’s very important. They’ll remember it for the rest of their lives. And unfortunately they may remember that this is a sign of their government if they didn’t get to go.”
That sentiment was shared by kids, parents and would-be chaperones all across the country in interviews with ABC News.
“My daughter is so upset we’re shut out of White House tour for her 7th birthday this month,” said Cobey Dietrich of Bel Air, Md. “She even dressed as President of the United States for career dress-up day!”
If she wanted to dress up as this president she should have worn diapers and sucked on a binky.
Frankly I’m stunned ABC News even went there. For a crew that specializes in props and exploiting children, this is just delicious payback.