Bo the dog keeps motorcade: President Obama’s Portuguese Water Dog Bo will apparently get to keep its motorcade despite sequester cuts.
President Barack Obama’s dog, Bo, will get to keep his motorcade after the sequester cuts go into effect, Fox News recently reported.
There has been a public backlash against the Obama administration ending tours of the White House last week. White House officials cited the sequester cuts as the reason, but Republicans claimed the move was political theater.
Bo, a Portuguese Water Dog, also has a part-time handler who made around $100,000 last year, reported the IJ Review publication, citing author Robert Keith Grey of “Presidential Perks Gone Royal.” Also, in 2010, the dog flew to the vacation home of the Obamas in a private jet.
When the White House announced that tours would end starting this weekend, Republican lawmakers blasted Obama.
“It’s politically motivated,” Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said last week. “It seems childish—take my ball and go home.” Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) chided the Obama administration, saying the White House “belongs to the American People.”
But Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said that Republican intransigence on a deal to curb the sequester cuts was the reason behind the White House ending tours.
“It’s very unfortunate. It’s more unfortunate because it’s avoidable. All it will take is some Republicans in the House who are willing to negotiate a truly balanced budget,” he said, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The sequester cuts went into effect in March. They are slated to cut around $85 billion from several U.S. agencies.
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