In an announcement on Friday afternoon, the White House offered unexpected good news: Tours of the Executive Mansion, halted by sequestration in March, will resume early next month. Now there is nothing left to criticize in Washington whatsoever.
The tours, you will recall, became a pre-World-War-II-Memorial-closure rallying point for conservatives, who suggested that their cessation was meant to make the pain of the mandatory across-the-board cuts be felt by Average Americans. All of the A-List conservatives got in the game, as you may recall.
White House spend $27 million to help fund pottery classes in Morocco, but NO WHITE HOUSE TOURS! - http://t.co/JU5tMz8nd5— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) March 8, 2013
Canceling white house tours is childish and dishonest-the golf weekend in florida cost enough to keep the white house open for months— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) March 5, 2013
With the government shutdown earlier this month, it proved hard not to revisit.
#governmentshutdown Oh, no. No more White House tours!!!! Oh, wait...— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 1, 2013
Does "shutdown" mean that Obama will somehow find a way to give DC visitors a tour of the White House?— Resist Tyranny (@ResistTyranny) October 1, 2013
And so on. Here's Friday's announcement.
The White House is pleased to announce the resumption of a limited schedule of East Wing and Executive Residence tours, beginning on November 5th. Additionally, the White House will be opening its gardens and grounds to visitors on October 26th and 27th.
Why the tours are starting again isn't clear. Did the government find more money? Did Donald Trump make good on his offer? Did Herman Cain tweet something? We may never know, until Rep. Darrell Issa holds hearings in the House Oversight Committee.
If you want to sign up, you can head to the White House website. If you're curious, here's the quickest path between the World War II Memorial and the visitor's entrance for the mansion, if you want to do a Right Wing Fury Tour package, or something.