White House Refuses to Disclose Cost of President’s Golf Outings

by Nathaniel Botwinick

White House press secretary Jay Carney earlier today refused to disclose the cost to the American taxpayers of the president’s golf outings. The question, from ABC’s Jonathan Karl, came on the heels of Carney’s claim that White House tours had been canceled as a result of the sequester because they are “labor intensive.”

Carney accused Karl of trivializing the impact of the sequester. “Three quarters of a million people will lose their job,” he said, going on to chide reporters for focusing on the White House’s decision to cancel tours of the West Wing. “You can report on White House tours, or you find out what the impacts are out in the real world. This is a real-world impact here, it is unfortunate and it is an unhappy choice.”