National Review Online carries another example of President Barack Obama’s pettiness. It seems that last Friday, when he was asked, through his pressman Jay Carney, whether the annual—and traditional—White House Easter Egg Roll would be cancelled as he had cancelled the White House tours, Carney got self-righteous and popped off:
Well actually, Jenna [Lee, of the WH-hated Fox News], again, if you did a little reporting…it’s paid for by the sale of those eggs that come out, as well as from donations on the outside, so it’s a totally different budget. These are apples and oranges.
This time it’s Politico that has the facts relevant to Obama’s snark. The WH had, indeed, warned Congress that “budget uncertainties” could force cancelation of the Easter Egg Roll. This notice was sent to Congressional members along with their tickets to the event:
[B]y using these tickets, guests are acknowledging that this event is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty surrounding the Executive Office of the President and other federal agencies. If cancelled, the event will not be rescheduled.
It gets better. In response to the uproar over Obama’s behavior through Carney, “a White House official” emailed this to Politico Monday:
Because we distribute tickets to the Easter Egg Roll far in advance, we alerted all ticket holders that this event is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty, including the possibility of a government shutdown. However, we are currently proceeding as planned with the Easter Egg Roll.
Because a shutdown was such a likelihood in their minds. There was no denial that the “funding uncertainty” flowed from the WH and not from intake from egg sales or donations.
This is another example of President Barack Obama’s Sequester and his honesty about it. Will the Easter Egg Roll actually happen? I guess we’ll find out about it on 1 April, the day for which it’s scheduled. Appropriately enough, that’s April Fool’s Day….