The Obama administration has announced that it is canceling tours of the White House because of the sequestration cuts.
Obama wants the cuts to be painful
Mar 6, 2013
This is apparently part of an Obama administration strategy to get his way by making the cuts as painful as possible.
Here is an article in the Washington Times about how it obtained an administration email ordering a bureaucrat to avoid minimizing the impact of the cuts: "You need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be."
Here is a blog post, on an air transportation blog, showing how the Obama administration is using the cuts as an excuse to disrupt air travel in the U.S.
And here is a blog post from Reason magazine that explains that federal spending is still going up in 2013, despite the supposedly draconian cuts.
Despite the terrible, awful cuts, the White House has been able to preserve its spending priorities. From the Washington Times story: "The White House had to fend off questions Tuesday about the Homeland Security Department’s decision to sign a $50 million contract for new uniforms for airport screeners, just days before the sequesters."