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Outsider hired for Obama speeches

Apparently it costs quite a bit to master the teleprompter, like $100,000 a year! And we're paying for it.


(I thought this would be a nice change from all the Osama questions)


Asked by DSamuels at 7:55 PM on May. 4, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • And, if you ladies were elected President, how many of you would give up tech support? Really. You can say you will until you are blue in the face, but noone believes that you really would.

    The President earns $400,000/year but has to fork out over $625,000/yr of taxpayer money to write his speeches? Yea, that deserves laughs and sarcasm... If you don't like it, too bad... I would do the same at how much Bush, Clinton, etc paid on services.... Our nation is broke for a reason and Obama isn't helping LEAD a fiscally responsible and aware government... He is part of the problem.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:30 PM on May. 4, 2011

  • This doesn't surprise me at all,but the way Barry talks, you'd think Bo, the non-existent dog was writing his speeches!

    Answer by cbk_mom3 at 8:00 PM on May. 4, 2011

  • All of the presidents have people who write their speeches, etc. That is a job that commands a pretty big salary.

    Honestly, though, I think that the speeches should have to be written by the candidate, buit you won't find many presidents, repub or dem, who would agree with that.

    Answer by ImaginationMama at 8:01 PM on May. 4, 2011

  • He doesn't care how much money he spends or what he spends it on. Why don't people get that?

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:01 PM on May. 4, 2011

  • It's just a drop in the bucket compared to all of the other things he's managed to waste money on. It's pretty sad that this is the guy who is supposed to be leading our nation.

    Answer by scout_mom at 7:59 PM on May. 4, 2011

  • According to a 2010 payroll report, the White House employs seven speechwriters earning a combined $624,200. The team is led by Jonathan E. Favreau, the director of speechwriting, who earns $172,200, according to the report, which was released by the White House. Two other senior presidential speechwriters are paid $100,000 each. A pair of presidential speechwriters are paid $75,000 each, and a speechwriter and speechwriting assistant earn $60,000 and $42,000, respectively.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:07 PM on May. 4, 2011

  • $624,000 of taxpayer money for Obama to speak? That is sooooooo fiscally responsible (sarcasm)... Wait...... He could let his policies and actions could speak for themselves! Errrr, yea, that would pretty much crush 2012 chances, wouldn't it?

    Anyone want to play, write the job opening description for these jobs:

    Inexperienced Political Puppet Seeks Eloquent Speech Writer... Must be familiar with Alinsky format, Keynesian descriptives, and demeaning partisan banter...

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:17 PM on May. 4, 2011

  • . It's pretty sad that this is the guy who is supposed to be leading our nation.

    And such a great orator.

    Answer by Carpy at 8:07 PM on May. 4, 2011

  • .."the White House should explain why it needs outside public relations help at a time when every dollar counts..."

    I would venture to guess EVERY dollar doesn't count to this President and his fans... Whatever Bush could do, he can do spendier!!!


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:08 PM on May. 4, 2011

  • hmmm..i guess the ladies DO get better looking at closing time!

    Answer by dullscissors at 8:24 PM on May. 4, 2011