White House warns Easter Egg Roll could be canceled
March 19th, 2013
01:40 PM ET
2 years ago

White House warns Easter Egg Roll could be canceled

Washington (CNN) - Ticket holders for the upcoming White House Easter Egg Roll are being warned the annual event could be canceled if lawmakers can't agree on a measure funding the federal government.

As for now, the event will go on as planned – though warnings have gone out to members of Congress and ticketholders that a partial government shutdown would cause the egg roll to be scrapped.

In a memo to lawmakers, who receive tickets to the egg roll, the White House notes that "by 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."

The memo adds that if the event is canceled, it would not be rescheduled.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the egg roll was still on.

"Because we distributed tickets to the Easter Egg Roll far in advance of the actual event, we alerted all ticketholders that this event is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty, including the possibility of a government shutdown," Carney said.

"We have every expectation that the Easter Egg Roll will proceed as planned," he added later.

A partial government shutdown would occur if Congress fails to extend funding authorization by the March 27 deadline, something leaders from both parties have said they'd like to avoid.

A person familiar with the ticket confirmations said every attendee received the same cancellation warning on their ticket confirmation, including both members of Congress and those who won tickets through the lottery.

The Easter Egg Roll – an annual event featuring games, music and the egg roll - is celebrating its 135th anniversary this year. It's slated to take place April 1.

The White House announced earlier this month it was suspending public tours through September 30 as a consequence of the forced spending cuts-known as the "sequester."

The move quickly sparked controversy, with some Republicans arguing the Obama administration was using the canceled tours as a political ploy to draw up negative reaction from the American public over the cuts.

The U.S. Secret Service told CNN that the plan will help the agency save $74,000 per week – or $2 million over the next seven months, which is the scheduled length of the ongoing forced budget cuts. That total covers the cost of paying 37 uniformed officers $50 an hour for 40 hours a week to secure the tour's route through the East Wing.

But that's just a fraction of the $84 million the Secret Service needs to cut from its $1.6 billion budget, according to the Office of Management and Budget. The officers normally assigned to the tours will be reassigned to other duties at the White House.


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soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    LOL and shaking my head.
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    As am I. I may have to give it a rest. Reading the silly comments from the peanut gallery is just too gut wrenching stupid. Never heard such whining since my daughters were ... well, 5 years old. I'm talking three decades ago, mind you.

    March 19, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The not so smart conservatives argue that Secret Service agents can be paid directly with private funds.

    March 19, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Sandy

    To the republicans and conservatives crying over the cuts to the Easter Egg Roll and White House tours. YOU WANTED CUTS! NOW SHUT UP AND TAKE IT LIKE AN ADULT! It's better than cutting things that people REALLY rely on. You are complaining about cutting the Easter Egg Roll? LMAO!

    March 19, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Yeah, I agree
    Things are tough all over. It's really gettning expensive to put new Tires on my 747. You know folks, it's really getting old of how low the Liberal's will go. Next thing you know they will be stealing candy from babies. Oh wait, they are already doing that. Some of you "Welfare Queens" will finally have to get a real job. So sad, so sad.

    March 19, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Eleridge

    This even is funded by private donations and volunteers. Very little cost to the taxpayers.

    March 19, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. Moose

    Its all the same old excuses for the bamman, what a joke he is

    March 19, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Eleridge wrote:

    This even is funded by private donations and volunteers. Very little cost to the taxpayers.
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    But, the Secret Service is not, cannot, and should never be paid by private donations. The private funds go towards all of the eggs, bells and whistles, but that is about as far as it goes.

    March 19, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Sasha

    Austerity measures long championed by the GOP are enacted and the GOP is complaining about the effects of those cuts. Go fig.

    March 19, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. stewart

    good politics bad PR hold the hunt get over the cost its very minor

    March 19, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Phil

    How about cancelling the Beyonce' concert at the White House, instead? Or maybe that whole Food Stamps for Mexico thing... Or maybe... well there's a ton of stuff, but no, they want to prove a point for politics so they're going to do what they always do. Punish the citizens when they don't get their way. "We told them it was gonna hurt, now let's make it hurt". White House tours cancelled? Gimme a break. So cheap it's ridiculous. Politicians make me sick.

    March 19, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. kvan

    Ha Ha Ha.....as long as we have money to give Pakistan and Egypt....oh and advertising US food stamp programs in Mexico.

    March 19, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. Chris

    I say cancel the event. GOP needs to stop acting like babies and except they are to plan. Is it 2014 yet!!!

    March 19, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    Yeah, I agree
    Things are tough all over. It's really gettning expensive to put new Tires on my 747. You know folks, it's really getting old of how low the Liberal's will go.
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    Okay, let's go on the assumption that cutting the Easter Egg Hunt was wrong.
    What should have been cut out of the Secret Service budget, instead?

    March 19, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. SemiAutoAZ

    ITS THE END OF THE WORLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLD.

    If Obama can't afford and egg hunt, then he most certainly doesn't need to play another round of golf and vacation every other weekend.

    March 19, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. Betsy

    Don't even think that this bothers the Republicans. As far as they are concerned this is just another " entitlement ". They hate giving " anything " away to anybody. Even children. Actually, when I think about it, especially children when it comes to Health Care or Free School Lunches.

    March 19, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Phil

    And you Obama voters should think for a second. Nobody really cares if they cancel white house tours or Easter egg hunts.... it's the ridiculous politics just for the sake of "told ya so" that's the worst part. Let's make some real, meaningful cuts.... like Congressional fringe benefits..... like sea bass and caviar at our expense.... let's start there. and grind them down to humble servants like they're supposed to be.... they're NOT royalty, but you folks swoon over them and empower them to act like royalty

    March 19, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. kvan

    The administration looks stupid. When are they going to make a cut that really makes a difference? We're just pi$$ing money away in foreign aid.

    March 19, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. John

    Obama loves playing the political games. Now the Easter egg roll at the White House? This President is a joke.

    March 19, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    "However, we are currently proceeding as planned with the Easter Egg Roll," a White House official told CNN."

    GOPer overreach (and overreaction) is so very delicious ... yes?

    March 19, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. jpmichigan

    Politics as usual at the White House. This administration will do anything to hurt the American taxpayer, but not make good choices as to what/who to cut. What will do tis administration in will be the release of e-mails by hackers regarding Bengazzi. Clinton , Obama and Biden will be hurt the most! Remember WATERGATE!

    March 19, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. kvan

    People are stupid we will still spend more money this year than last year. Is there anyone in this administration that knows how to manage money? There are so many empty heads that effectively do nothing aids of the aids of the aids.

    March 19, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    kvan

    The administration looks stupid. When are they going to make a cut that really makes a difference? We're just pi$$ing money away in foreign aid.
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    You're barking up the wrong civics tree. The executive branch does not appropriate funds, the legislative branch does.

    The Congress, specifically the Republican controlled House, came up with the formulas how much to cut from which budget. The Secret Service's budget was cut by the Congress. And only Congress, beginning once again in the Republican controlled House, can re-appropriate revenue.

    Here's one more parting shot for all of the conservative hypocrites whining about budget cuts. The Ryan Plan 3.0 does not restore any of the funding to the Secret Service. So, unless the Republicans change their policy, then the egg hunt is off.

    March 19, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    GOPer overreach (and overreaction) is so very delicious ... yes?
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    Mai oui mon ami! LOL!!
    Speaking of overreaction...have you noticed that all you have to do to get a RWNJ into a nice lather is reference the Bible in relation to Gays...the poor....the infirm, You know, all the people that they're trying to kick to the curb. Yet they have no comment when you talk about how the Bible says to take care of those very same people (yes, Gays included, he loves us all). Then we are no longer Christians but ostracized as Socialists.
    You really can't make these people up!

    March 19, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. Babyboomer

    All of this is stupid. The traditions should continue as planned. If congress would do the right thing and cut the overblown defense budget (that's been out of control for years.) most of these issues would go away.
    Clearly the Republicans have decided to make President Obama's 8 years in office pure HELL for the American people. I'm glad he got elected and re-elected but it sure did unleash all the crazies in this country. Unfortunately a bunch of them are elected officials.

    March 19, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. laughing at obama

    First he closes the White House for tours and siimultaneously gives Egypt $250 million

    Now we wont let kids roll easter eggs on his lawn and send Biden and Pelosi on a junket to Rome and he is flying B 52s over Korea to one up Mr Fatman

    This POTUS is a JOKE

    March 19, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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