"If I can get the White House doors open, I’ll pick up the tab..."
In light of the sequestration shutdown of the self-guided tours of The White House, the Washington Post's Erik Wemple wrote on March 8, 2013, that two of Fox News's biggest personalities have put their money where their mouths are by offering to personally pay for certain tours of The People's House. (See video. left.)
Bolling stated live on the show a statement aimed directly at Barack Obama:
"Decisions, Mr. President, decisions. Hmm.
It was you that decided to pony up for a boy’s weekend golfing with Tiger Woods.
It was you that decided to take the family to Hawaii for Christmas.
And you decided Michelle and kids should go skiing in Aspen and that’s good for them, by the way.
But why shut doors on the kids in Iowa and Florida and Texas?"
Bolling took charge when he directed the White House press secretary to take note:
"I’ll make you a deal, Mr. President. Jay Carney, grab a pencil.
Let these families take their White House tours next week and I will cover the added expenses. The word is, it will cost around $74,000.
If I can get the White House doors open, I’ll pick up the tab.
Mr. Carney, you know this is an offer you can’t refuse. Give me a call."
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Directly after Bolling's offer, co-host Andrea Tantaros offered herself and fellow The Five tablemate Kimberly Guilfoyle to volunteer as guides for the children if and when their tours are ever reinstated.
Later that evening, fellow Fox host Sean Hannity took the philanthropic hand-off from Bolling by publically offering to personally pay for one week's worth of White House tours.
Noel Sheppard of News Busters also pointed out that syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Fox News's Special Report Thursday observed:
"'The President’s travel expenses alone for the golfing outing with Tiger Woods would pay for a year of White House visits."
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