If there was any doubt in your mind that President Obama wants to use sequestration as a political weapon, this should dispel it:
The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will cancel all tours starting this weekend, due to sequester cuts. The move prompted swift condemnation from Republican lawmakers, who described the decision as the latest attempt to make the sequester seem worse than it is.
Obama is spending $2.4 million on White House staff than President Bush. But we're supposed to believe that tiny budget cuts require that the (often self-guided) tours get the ax. As Rep. Ted Poe put it, "the people have been banned from the people's house."