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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  1. Sniffit

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

    That was, indeed, what they intended to do all along....force sequestration and then blame it on Obama when the indiscriminate cutting of the sequester causes mess. They even telegraphed their intention to do so by proposing to "give the administration the flexibility to decide how to make the cuts," which would have been nothing more than legislation intended to give them the argument that "he's just cutting to make it as painful as possible." That didn't happen, so they're stuck with the ridiculous argument that indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts mandated by the sequester and the affects that they are having are somehow still a matter of Obama "deciding what to cut and making it as painful as possible." He can't. He has ZERO authority or power to do so. The % of cuts goes directly to every single aspect and every single corner of every single agency, department, program and activity. Of course it's going to make a mess. The threat of this mess was intended to spur both parties in congress to act responsibly. The GOP/Teatrolls then blew up negotiations because of their dogmatic adherence to ideology and forced the sequester cuts in hopes of blaming Obama for them, for their outfall AND then claiming hypocritically that the sequester cuts should establish a new budget baseline for the entire federal government, despite the mess they're making that the GOP/Teatrolls are trying to blame on Obama.

    March 19, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Sniffit

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

    My Schadenfreude Flakes stay crunchy in conservative tears :-)

    March 19, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    You know, all the people that they're trying to kick to the curb.
    ---------------

    Apparently they all glossed over Jesus' "love others as I have loved you" message. That, or they really can't read after all. Take your pick. How they reconcile between His message and their own message is beyond comprehension. I'm guessing they justify it all by thinking Jesus only loves only them, and cheers them on when they kick others to the curb.

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

    @ Lynda/Minnesota:
    I honestly don't know how Rudy NYC does it day in and day out. Patiently educating those on this thread and never quite losing it (although I've seen him come close!).
    I find that humor and sarcasm come in really handy when dealing with Palin stories that are allowed to garner over 400 posts while something of substance -that would be ANYTHING else- is closed down before you can hit the "Post" button. Indeed, humor and sarcasm come in handy when on this thread PERIOD.
    2014 IS coming. We can shake our real fists then and boot these clowns out of office.
    Until then may I suggest laughing hard and often, and prayer for our country, its' good people, and our President..yes?

    March 19, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Now we wont let kids roll easter eggs on his lawn
    -------------------------------------------------
    Nice to hear you refer to it as HIS lawn, because for the next 4 years (for a total of EIGHT) it is.
    Now back to our regularly scheduled hate-fest....

    March 19, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "2014 IS coming. We can shake our real fists then and boot these clowns out of office."

    I'm buying a brand new pitchfork.

    March 19, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Tony

    Republicans, Obamacare was a Republican idea. The Heritage Foundation invented the individual mandate. You blame Obama for coming up with the idea for the sequester, even though Boehner pushed the sequester through the House with the support of 70% of Republicans. Do you blame Republicans for Obamacare because it was a Republican idea?

    March 19, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    2014 IS coming. We can shake our real fists then and boot these clowns out of office."

    I'm buying a brand new pitchfork.
    -------------------------------------------------
    I'm buying a brand new crucifix to wear as we will be performing an exorcism of sorts!

    March 19, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well Rudy NYC,
    You could be living on Cypress now. But nothing to worry about, correct? Better keep your wits about you. Cypress could be next !! The Smart People, bssically conservative have already planned for those "Rainy Days" So you don't like Revenue Sharing ? It was the Liberal Plan. More Taxes to Washington right ?? So Revenue Sharing just hands some of the money back to the people. Now wouldn't it be nice if that money never went to Washington in the first place ?? See ya Rudy.

    March 19, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Shorty

    Another hissy fit from Obama

    March 19, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. John R

    BTW, Obama developed the sequestration idea. GOP just went along with it. Can't help that the Dems thought the GOP would cave again, like they did with the $600B in new taxes. Difficult times require difficult measures. EVERYONE has to tighten their belts. Not just the "rich", but EVERYONE and that includes the family currently presiding in the WH.

    March 19, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. DirtyHeat

    This is as laughable as cancelling white house tours. The tours were cancelled at the request of the secret service, (HMMMM I wonder who told them to do that?) and now cancelling the egg roll?

    How about you fire one of Michelle's 28 assistants? Or maybe Barry could have cancelled that round of golf with Tiger? But no, those weren't cancelled. Instead this administration decided that it wants to cut things people will notice and then blame it on Republicans for not raising taxes.

    March 19, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Joi Gibson

    Unfortunately, this will be another opportunity for Republicans to try to turn this on the President to try to make him look bad and as usual not taking any responsibility for the mess they caused; like Paul Ryan voting for every budget busting measure there was under President Bush and now all of a sudden the budget is of humongous importance. Never mind the fact that the sequester places indiscriminate cuts on government agencies and it is up to those agencies as to how best deal with the cuts; e.g., Secret Service.

    And why it always the President, is Congress not part of the government?

    March 19, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. RickV

    The progressive agenda, add a little "stupid" to everything you do. Cut whatever you want and America will compare it to the excesses we see every day. Nothing you want will ever happen, none of your plans will ever work.

    March 19, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Scooter

    Good! There is no consitutional reason a RELIGIOUS holiday must be celebrated at a Federal building!

    March 19, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Antny

    It's official: I'm running for presdient in 2013!

    March 19, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. MG

    The gov't really thinks we are dumb. Millions for war games in S. Korea...but not enough for an easter egg roll??

    What about the Gas bill for all the private government planes flying around every day....not to mention all the military take-offs and landings??? I bet if the people know how much that was they would faint.

    Give the kids their eggs. Take away your 50k a plate fund raising dinners.

    March 19, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. Rob

    Bwahahahah! So the Easter Egg roll can be put on hold due to budgetary reasoning but the President can waste millions of dollars on an inauguration? This is beyond embarrassing. This government and current President should be ashamed of themselves. What a joke

    March 19, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. gary

    obama needs to get off his butt and submit a budget to congress and try to solve sequestration. Sequestration was his idea and he needs to start showing some leadership!

    March 19, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. WHATAJOKE

    Yea, rolling Easter eggs can cost upwards of several billion dollars. They have to buy AAAAAAAAAAAAA extra large eggs. Then take into account manicuring the lawn with tweezers and scissors.

    March 19, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. GenPatton

    Cut it, waste of funds.

    March 19, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Jeremy Michael

    The last line reads, "The officers normally assigned to the tours will be reassigned to other duties at the White House." So if they're being reassigned and still getting paid, what's the point of stopping the tours? If they're still paying the workers the same amount to do a different job, then there's not a cut anywhere.

    March 19, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. quod est veritas

    Sniffit, you do realize that "I'm buying a brand new pitchfork" could well be considered a terroristic threat!

    March 19, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. TexasVoter

    Why on heaven's green earth would they pay a guard $50 an hour just to watch tourist walk through. Their is part of the problem. A big waste

    March 19, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well Rudy NYC,
    You could be living on Cypress now. But nothing to worry about, correct? Better keep your wits about you. Cypress could be next !! The Smart People, bssically conservative have already planned for those "Rainy Days" So you don't like Revenue Sharing ? It was the Liberal Plan. More Taxes to Washington right ?? So Revenue Sharing just hands some of the money back to the people. Now wouldn't it be nice if that money never went to Washington in the first place ?? See ya Rudy.
    ------------
    You have no answer for where else the Secret Service should cut, instead of the Easter Egg Hunt.

    March 19, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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