by Christopher Freeburn | November 6, 2013 9:56 am
Visitors to Washington, D.C.’s most famed address were welcomed by the couple that currently calls it home on Tuesday morning.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama personally greeted people taking the first tours of the nation’s executive mansion since March. White House tours, long a popular tourist attraction in the nation’s capital, were shut down earlier this year after the administration said that sequester-mandated budget cuts had eliminated the funding needed to keep them going, CNN notes.
The suspension of White House tours, which cost the Secret Service about $74,000 a week in personnel expenses, drew sharp criticism from Republicans, who called the action unnecessary and a political stunt.
Three million visitors have toured the White House since Obama was sworn in almost five years ago.
Joining the President and First Lady were the Obama’s dogs, Bo and Sunny, who remained with the First Lady to greet other groups of visitors after the president departed.
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