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President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, Friday, March 1, 2013, following after meeting with congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, Friday, March 1, 2013, following after meeting with congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)  

White House employs three calligraphers with combined salary of $277,050

Despite the closing the doors to public tours because of sequester cuts, the White House continues to employ three calligraphers, with the “chief calligrapher” making $96,725.

Patricia Blair, the chief calligrapher, has two deputies — Debra Brown, earning $85,953 and Richard Muffler, earning $94,372, The Weekly Standard reported.

The White House has made no announcement to scale back on calligraphers, despite sequester cuts.

Calligraphers are needed for the preparation of invitations, placards, citations and White House awards, created by hand, according to the White House.

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