Roskam: Flat Stanley and sequestration
After receiving a letter from two Downer's Grove boys disappointed they won't be able to visit the White House over spring break because of federal sequestration cuts, Republican Congressman Peter Roskam of Wheaton released a tongue-in-cheek version of his "Ask Peter" video series, featuring the popular grade school paper traveler, Flat Stanley. GOP leaders - which include Roskam - have ridiculed Obama for shutting down White House tours, which yearly, cost the country just shy of $1 million.
"Unfortunately, the president made a bad choice. Instead of keeping the white house open and cutting other wasteful things...the president decided you can't go to the white house. But if you can't go to the White House, Flat Stanley can," Roskam said. If local residents of Roskam's 6th Congressional District can also send Flat Stanleys to his congressional office in West Chicago, where they will be sent on to the White House, Roskam says.
Roskam's staff tells us that they've been mistakenly calling the "Ask Peter" recording "Ask Stanley" over the last few days. Check it out.