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WASTE WATCH: White House goes on with concert even though tours are canceled

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 02:33 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON   -  The doors to the White House remain closed to the general public but this week, they'll be opening to some popular performers.
   
Justin Timberlake, Queen Latifah and Al Green are among those set to perform Wednesday night.
   
The star-studded event is stirring up some criticism at a time when the federal government is supposed to be cutting back.

Justin Timberlake "Sing it out one time"
Justin Timberlake is set to rock his body in Washington Tuesday for the 51st "In Performance" concert at the White House.

Other performers this year include Queen Latifah and Ben Harper.
Here's a quick snapshot from last year:
Obama singing.
But this year - a few things are different - namely the place where it's being held has now been closed to the public.

Even though the Washington DC PBS Station is footing the bill for the concert - David Williams with the Taxpayers Protection Alliance says some cost will still trickle down.

David Williams
President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
You have security and a lot of other things being paid for by the taxpayer.   At a time when the country can't afford it, we need to stop these sorts of things.  This is a luxury

Hundreds of people who booked trips to Washington months ago have had their White House tours canceled on them, including Janet Dow and her husband - in town from Texas.

Now we can't go through the WH because of the sequester and yet they're going to pay for security for Justin Timberlake and whoever else - no that does not seem right at all. 

But many others say the show should go on
"I do think they should still have the concert.  I do believe people still need to have some kind of entertainment - keep our spirits up."

"Tuesday's concert will air a week later on PBS and also go out on the American Forces Network for service men and women stationed overseas.  It will also stream live on the White House website"

Still the timing of it all leaves many perplexed
That while average Americans are locked out, 

That the red carpet is being rolled out for a select few.
Timberlake "What goes around comes around

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