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Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on Obama family last year, perks questioned in new book

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Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks.

In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family.

Author Robert Keith Gray writes in “Presidential Perks Gone Royal” that Obama isn’t the only president to have taken advantage of the expensive trappings of his office. But the amount of money spent on the first family, he argues, has risen tremendously under the Obama administration and needs to be reined in.


Gray told The Daily Caller that the $1.4 billion spent on the Obama family last year is the “total cost of the presidency,” factoring the cost of the “biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever,” a 50 percent increase in the numbers of appointed czars and an “running with the frequency of a scheduled air line.”

“The most concerning thing, I think, is the use of taxpayer funds to actually abet his re-election,” Gray, who worked in the Eisenhower administration and for other Republican presidents, said in an interview with TheDC on Wednesday.

“The press has been so slow in picking up on this extraordinary increase in the president’s expenses,” Gray told TheDC.

Specifically, Gray said taxpayer dollars are subsidizing Obama’s re-election effort when he uses Air Force One to jet across the country campaigning.

When the trip is deemed political, it’s customary for the president to pay the equivalent of a first class commercial ticket for certain passengers. But Gray says that hardly covers the taxpayer cost of flying the president and his staffers around on Air Force One.

“When the United States’ billion-dollar air armada is being used politically, is it fair to taxpayers that we only be reimbursed by the president’s campaign committee for the value of one first-class commercial ticket for each passenger who is deemed aboard ‘for political purposes?’” Gray asks in the book.

“And is that bargain-price advantage fair to those opposing an incumbent president?”

In the book, Gray admits Americans want their president to be safe and comfortable but argues the system should be reformed to stop the amount of unquestioned perks given to the president.

“There is no mechanism for anyone’s objection if a president were to pay his chief of staff $5,000,000 a year,” he told TheDC. “And nothing but a president’s conscience can dissuade him from buying his own reelection with use of some public money.”

Aside from a salary, the president gets a $50,000 a year expense account, a $100,000 travel account, $19,000 entertainment budget and an additional million for “unanticipated needs,” he notes.

Here is a sample of other pricey taxpayer funded perks exclusively reserved for the president:

The president can to appoint high-paid staffers without Senate confirmation: Obama has 469 senior staffers and 226 are paid more than $100,000 a year, according to the book. Seventy-seven are paid as much as $172,000 per year. He also has appointed 43 “czars.”

The president can vacation for free at Camp David: Gray writes that each round trip made to Camp David costs the taxpayers $25,350. It’s also estimated that the combined transportation and personnel costs for a Camp David visit are $295,000 per night.

The president has a full-time movie projectionist in the White House theater: Projectionists sleep at the White House and are there 24 hours a day in case anyone needs to see a movie. “Compared to the 450 times President Carter used the movie theater in his four years in the White House, the average American citizen, according to industry statistics, goes out to see a movie slightly less than five times a year,” Gray writes.

The president’s family’s gets certain travel and security expenses paid while vacationing: “First Lady Michelle Obama drew flack from the media and irate citizens when it was disclosed that, not counting Saturdays and Sundays, she spent 42 days on vacation — within the span of one year.”

The president’s dog gets its own high-paid staffer: “Bo made the news when he and his handler were flown to join the president on vacation in Maine,” Gray wrote about the Obama family dog. “It has been reported that the first family’s dog handler was paid $102,000, last year.”


by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 5:08 PM
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romalove
by Roma on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:39 AM


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting romalove:


Quoting candlegal:

That is probably another whole story all by itself.

Quoting romalove:

Does this include the cost of toilet paper used throughout the White House or just in the President's quarters?

Inquiring minds and all....


I expect you to ferret out such fascinating and important news and report it back to us post haste.

tomorrow I expect to see a post from her telling us that Obama uses too much toilet paper and should in the spirit of austerity cut down to three sheets per BM.  

Maybe he can hire paganbaby to teach him to use family cloth.  Imagine the money saved.

candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM

you're welcome

Quoting romalove:


Quoting candlegal:

I will leave that one to you since it is your fascination.   I have made my quota of posts for the day   :)

Quoting romalove:


Quoting candlegal:

That is probably another whole story all by itself.

Quoting romalove:

Does this include the cost of toilet paper used throughout the White House or just in the President's quarters?

Inquiring minds and all....


I expect you to ferret out such fascinating and important news and report it back to us post haste.


I have no fascination with bullshit posts.

But thanks for sharing!


katy_kay08
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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Quoting romalove:


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting romalove:


Quoting candlegal:

That is probably another whole story all by itself.

Quoting romalove:

Does this include the cost of toilet paper used throughout the White House or just in the President's quarters?

Inquiring minds and all....


I expect you to ferret out such fascinating and important news and report it back to us post haste.

tomorrow I expect to see a post from her telling us that Obama uses too much toilet paper and should in the spirit of austerity cut down to three sheets per BM.  

Maybe he can hire paganbaby to teach him to use family cloth.  Imagine the money saved.

We would then get a post about the money spent on Obama's official ass wiper. I think at this point they should just resort to air drying.    

jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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And yet, it would appear that taxpayers spent less on Obama than they did on Bush.  Interesting.

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/40980_About_That_Taxpayers_Spent_$1.4_Billion_on_Obama_Family_Last_Year_Fake_Outrage

• Bush White House 2008: $1,592,875,254
• Obama White House 2011: $1,400,000,000
• Net Savings Under Obama: $192,875,254

romalove
by Roma on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:48 AM
1 mom liked this


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting romalove:


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting romalove:


Quoting candlegal:

That is probably another whole story all by itself.

Quoting romalove:

Does this include the cost of toilet paper used throughout the White House or just in the President's quarters?

Inquiring minds and all....


I expect you to ferret out such fascinating and important news and report it back to us post haste.

tomorrow I expect to see a post from her telling us that Obama uses too much toilet paper and should in the spirit of austerity cut down to three sheets per BM.  

Maybe he can hire paganbaby to teach him to use family cloth.  Imagine the money saved.

We would then get a post about the money spent on Obama's official ass wiper. I think at this point they should just resort to air drying.    

I'm picturing someone being hired to blow on delicate areas to ensure no chafing ensues from remaining moisture.

katy_kay08
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM
2 moms liked this


Quoting romalove:


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting romalove:


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting romalove:


Quoting candlegal:

That is probably another whole story all by itself.

Quoting romalove:

Does this include the cost of toilet paper used throughout the White House or just in the President's quarters?

Inquiring minds and all....


I expect you to ferret out such fascinating and important news and report it back to us post haste.

tomorrow I expect to see a post from her telling us that Obama uses too much toilet paper and should in the spirit of austerity cut down to three sheets per BM.  

Maybe he can hire paganbaby to teach him to use family cloth.  Imagine the money saved.

We would then get a post about the money spent on Obama's official ass wiper. I think at this point they should just resort to air drying.    

I'm picturing someone being hired to blow on delicate areas to ensure no chafing ensues from remaining moisture.

Maybe in the spirit of bipartisanship he could hire a Republican.  There are plenty qualified as they have been blowing smoke up people's asses for years.  

romalove
by Roma on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM
2 moms liked this


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting romalove:


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting romalove:


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting romalove:


Quoting candlegal:

That is probably another whole story all by itself.

Quoting romalove:

Does this include the cost of toilet paper used throughout the White House or just in the President's quarters?

Inquiring minds and all....


I expect you to ferret out such fascinating and important news and report it back to us post haste.

tomorrow I expect to see a post from her telling us that Obama uses too much toilet paper and should in the spirit of austerity cut down to three sheets per BM.  

Maybe he can hire paganbaby to teach him to use family cloth.  Imagine the money saved.

We would then get a post about the money spent on Obama's official ass wiper. I think at this point they should just resort to air drying.    

I'm picturing someone being hired to blow on delicate areas to ensure no chafing ensues from remaining moisture.

Maybe in the spirit of bipartisanship he could hire a Republican.  There are plenty qualified as they have been blowing smoke up people's asses for years.  

LMAO

ETA:  Isn't Sarah Palin between jobs at the moment?

lga1965
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM

 I qm assuming that you think I am here at CM all day long, like you are, but you are wrong. There is too much going on in my life, too many things to do that means I don't have time, and sometimes I don't even care to respond to your rightish, self righteous posts.

So stop your bouncing Sweet Pea....it looks silly.

Quoting candlegal:

bouncing

Quoting lga1965:

 What does that mean?

Quoting candlegal:

Honestly, I can't believe it took you so long to show up here.

Quoting lga1965:

 Source: The Daily Caller.

Sooooo  conservative and sooooo critical and  ...cheap.

It's another negative Obama post..but what good does it do for you, Candle ?. You are still thinking  like last year when you campaigned here for all the Republicans who could have been nominated.  It IS too late!


 


 

lga1965
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM

 

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

And yet, it would appear that taxpayers spent less on Obama than they did on Bush.  Interesting.

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/40980_About_That_Taxpayers_Spent_$1.4_Billion_on_Obama_Family_Last_Year_Fake_Outrage

• Bush White House 2008: $1,592,875,254
• Obama White House 2011: $1,400,000,000
• Net Savings Under Obama: $192,875,254

 Aha!!!  Thank you for some perspective on this issue!  ;-) 

katy_kay08
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM
3 moms liked this


Quoting romalove:


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting romalove:


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting romalove:


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting romalove:


Quoting candlegal:

That is probably another whole story all by itself.

Quoting romalove:

Does this include the cost of toilet paper used throughout the White House or just in the President's quarters?

Inquiring minds and all....


I expect you to ferret out such fascinating and important news and report it back to us post haste.

tomorrow I expect to see a post from her telling us that Obama uses too much toilet paper and should in the spirit of austerity cut down to three sheets per BM.  

Maybe he can hire paganbaby to teach him to use family cloth.  Imagine the money saved.

We would then get a post about the money spent on Obama's official ass wiper. I think at this point they should just resort to air drying.    

I'm picturing someone being hired to blow on delicate areas to ensure no chafing ensues from remaining moisture.

Maybe in the spirit of bipartisanship he could hire a Republican.  There are plenty qualified as they have been blowing smoke up people's asses for years.  

LMAO

ETA:  Isn't Sarah Palin between jobs at the moment?

LOL....I believe she may be.   That's one way she could make it to the White House.  

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