A book about presidential perks recently revealed that taxpayers spend about $1.4 billion paying for the staffing, housing, transportation and entertaining of President Barack Obama’s White House. Now another author, John F. Groom, explains in “The 1.4 Billion Dollar Man: Costs of the Obama White House” exactly how researchers came up with that $1.4 billion estimate. “One of the most important things to note about the $1.4 billion figure is that it specifically does NOT include the cost of running the White House’s policy operations – the $1.4 billion is money that is directly related
I learned something at the end of this article. In 2008 George Bush spent more, 1.6 billion. I would like to see a break down because I know they weren't having lavish parties and extravagant vacations like the Obamas.
I'm remembering the 'state dinners' for the children a couple of times, the big tents on the White House lawn with the big stars and over-priced wine and champagne. So much waste at a time when everyone else is having to cut back. I also remember seeing GWB wearing socks that had the presidential seal woven into them and thought that was a little overboard. The figures in this article should make your blood boil. I wonder how many $$ it costs to keep the royal family in the UK. Can't be much more than this.
Here's what it is like outside of DC: Saw church friend last night sweeping floors and emptying trash at the local Ford dealer. He formerly had a soils engineering company and hired several people. His wife has never worked because they have a Down Syndrome child and another ready to enter college. I'm sure he could use some of the $20 million the Obama's spent on vacations.
It's almost inconceivable how 2 people can go through over a billion a year.This has more to do with sticking it to whitey than any actual need. flying pizza chefs in from other states is taking advantage of taxpayer generosity.Now the state dept.is flying chefs all over the world as a way to bolster relations. Only a diseased liberal mind can actually believe this crap.
Something tells me that the Romneys, with their peanut butter sandwiches after the debate, will cut this figure significantly in their first term, and even more in their second. They are not people of excess; it's just not in their character.
Every time someone brings this up, a dim will counter will all of the vacations that Dubya took. But Dubya was going to Crawford, Texas to clear brush. The main expense to the taxpayers was putting the Secret Service agents up at the local Motel 6. ØDumbø may not know how to be president but he and Moochcella sure know how to have a good time.
Disagree #1, costs what it costs. These figures are way low. During the Reagan-Bush and Bush-Quayle years WH staff was nearly 1,000 with most on payroll of Interior, Defense, and other depts and agencies...presidential communications starting with the WH switch board is all run by the US military and is called Signal cuz it is part of the Signal Corps and the cost of that alone in the 80's was pegged at $1billion annually...pray our man will be in come January and at least some real presidential work will be agenda #1...
Michelle's staff is one of the largest and most expensive for any first lady. The expensive, lavish, and luxurious vacations Michelle feels she is so entitled to, are more than any other first lady. The Bushes did not take numerous expensive vacations; they traveled to their ranch in Texas. Michelle feels entitled, because she could never travel in such luxury and style until 0bama was elected.
Nice try. Let's break it down to the Wookie's expenses. Are taxpayers paying the Wookie's mother as a live in babysitter ? Is she paying US to live with them ? How many of their parties are not listed here because they come under another category ?
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