Several readers have written in the aftermath of my recent post about the wonderful annual spring White House Garden Tour being offered this weekend.
They have asked whether the tours would be affected by a federal government shutdown, and the answer is yes.
A White House official told me that all tours of the president's home would be cancelled during a shutdown, including garden tours.
President Obama and his family were supposed to vacate the premises this weekend and visit Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, but that trip has been scotched as the administration tries to avert a shutdown at midnight.
If one were avoided, the silver lining for anyone on a garden tour is that they would apparently gain a chance to see the president.
The White House also offers garden tours each fall, typically in October assuming any shutdown doesn't last that long.
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