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March 7th, 2013

Obama Slams the Door on Sixth Grade Class from Waverly

Blaming the sequester, the Obama Administration has decided to cancel all public tours of the White House beginning on Saturday, March 9th.  While the administration issued a statement that said that the decision was made because of staff reduction due to the sequester it is important to note that White House tours are staffed by volunteers, not government workers.

Affected by the decision to cancel the tours is the sixth grade class form St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly.  The students have started a “The White House is Our House” campaign and have been featured on ABC National News.  The class had created a Facebook page, but this morning it seems to have been deactivated.

Pastor Curt Schnider, the Head of Staff at the school told, “The site became a magnet for some unwholesome and uncivil comments. We don’t consider our school a refuge from the real world, but the vitriol in some comments was inappropriate for
students.   Still, we will share the general tone of both positive and negative comments with the
students as a lesson about citizenship.”

Congressman Steve King has also weighed in on the cancellation of White House Tours

On Tuesday, March 5th, the Obama Administration announced that President Obama had decided to cancel all public White House tours effective March 9, 2013. According to the White House, this decision was made because of “staff reductions resulting from sequestration.”

The White House belongs to “We the People” and therefore should remain open for all to come and visit while visiting our Nation’s Capitol. I am disappointed the President has allowed tours to be suspended indefinitely, and I joined many of my colleagues on a letter to President Obama encouraging him to find the necessary budget cuts elsewhere and keep the White House open.

My suggestion to the President to save money for our country is for him to actually stay in the White House. Keep Air Force One grounded more often and cut back on anything extravagant. The American people have, so why shouldn’t the President?
Despite the fact that Members of Congress’ office budgets were cut during the sequester as well, my staff and I will continue to provide free public tours of the United States Capitol to any of my constituents visiting Washington, D.C. If you are traveling to Washington, please feel free to sign up for a free U.S. Capitol tour here on my website.

I look forward to having the opportunity to meet with you in my Washington, D.C. office if you choose to visit our Nation’s Capitol. And, as always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any other comments, questions, or concerns.

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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