On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced it was canceling tours of the White House indefinitely due to "staffing reductions resulting from sequestration."
"This is about trade-offs. Because when you have the kind of severe cuts that the sequester represents, you have to reduce your budget accordingly. And then you have to make choices about what you do and what you don't," Carney said.
Earlier in his briefing with reporters, Carney defended the decision to cancel the tours, saying it was emblematic of the tough decisions forced by the sequester.
"The president and the first lady have, throughout the time that they've been here, made extraordinary efforts to make this the people's house," Carney said. "And it is extremely unfortunate that we have a situation like a sequester that compels the kinds of trade-offs and decisions that this represents."
The White House announced the ticket lottery for the annual event last month in an online video featuring President Obama and Robby Novak, the 9-year-old star of the popular "Kid President" online videos.