President Obama Reconsiders Allowing White House Tours

Published 03/13 2013 09:46AM

Updated 03/13 2013 09:48AM

In the face of a public outcry, President Obama opened the door in an interview broadcast Wednesday to resuming White House tours -- after they were suspended in a decision purportedly meant to save the Secret Service money while it deals with sequester cuts. 

The decision, announced this month, was decried by Republican lawmakers as over-the-top and unnecessary. School groups and others who had planned to visit the White House got disappointing news when the tours ceased this past Saturday -- a group of sixth-graders in Iowa even took to Facebook to vent their frustrations in a widely viewed web video. 

Obama, speaking with ABC News, tried to distance himself from the decision, pinning it on the Secret Service -- though other accounts have indicated both the Secret Service and White House had a role in the move. 

The president said he's now talking with the Secret Service about restoring some visits. 

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