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The Obamas Write a $15,000 Check for Haiti Recovery (But Spent $40,000 on Christmas Vacation)
ABC News ^ | Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | Sunlen Miller

Posted on 01/20/2010 5:32:54 PM PST by kristinn

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama donated $15,000 today to the Haiti relief efforts, the White House confirms.

The donation came from their personal bank account, a check written to the Clinton-Bush Haiti fund.

“The President and First Lady have been inspired by the way that millions of Americans have responded with tremendous generosity to the Haiti crisis – even in these tough economic times,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest says, “So, today, they sent their own check for $15,000 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund to support the ongoing relief efforts in that country.”

The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund was launched on Friday – in a joint effort by former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, prompted by the president asking the two to help get Americans involved in relief efforts. As of today the fund has received more than 126,000 contributions for relief and recovery efforts.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhochristmas; charity; democrats; haiti; haitiearthquake; joshearnestadumbname; liberals; obama; philanthropy; pricetag; sodomhusseinobama
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And it's a tax deduction.
1 posted on 01/20/2010 5:32:54 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

What the heck? That money comes from the taxpayers anyway.


2 posted on 01/20/2010 5:37:31 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: kristinn

Why doesn’t he donate his Nobel Prize money? That was a million dollars, right?


3 posted on 01/20/2010 5:38:17 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: kristinn

Well, so what? I mean, I gave $50 for relief in Haiti, but just spent over $1,000 for a week’s vacation. Does that make me a bad person or something? Seems like a fairly generous donation to me.


4 posted on 01/20/2010 5:39:17 PM PST by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like ox.)
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To: kristinn

What did they do with the Nobel Peace prize money? What was that 1.2M?


5 posted on 01/20/2010 5:39:40 PM PST by almost done by half
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To: La Lydia
Why doesn’t he donate his Nobel Prize money? That was a million dollars, right?

Hmmm.... good idea...

6 posted on 01/20/2010 5:40:05 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: kristinn

Democrats are notorious for feeble charitable donations- tas deductible or not.

Gore got that spotlighted when he ws in office with Clinton.

BTW- it is traditional for Presidents to release their income tax returns.

Any bets that The One breaks that tradition?

Or is it law?


7 posted on 01/20/2010 5:40:15 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: kristinn

I believe in 2009, 0bama made about $1-3m

$15,000 is next to nothing within such incomes (which stretch further when you realize they don’t pay for their own expenses)


8 posted on 01/20/2010 5:41:03 PM PST by sten
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To: fatnotlazy

After it’s paid to him, it becomes his salary to do with as he pleases. I think $15,000 is cheap of him but it is his money.
My dad is a pastor. I grew up hearing things like “Oh that new dress THE CHURCH bought you is so pretty”. The church didn’t buy it for me. They paid my dad his salary which he earned ten times over and my dad bought the dress.

My husband is a pastor now and I am still dealing with this. I felt guilty and embarassed when we bought a new van (well new to us) this summer. It it a 2001 with 80,000 miles on it. No one in our church has ever made me feel that way but old habits die hard.

Yes the taxpayers pay his salary but that doesn’t mean the donation was FROM the taxpayers. I have many many reasons to dislike this man but that isn’t one of them.

Rant off. :)


9 posted on 01/20/2010 5:44:14 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: fatnotlazy

“What the heck? That money comes from the taxpayers anyway.”

You can bet it is TART $. He can’t give his own brother $20, why would we believe he gave this amount?


10 posted on 01/20/2010 5:45:05 PM PST by mmanager (I have a truck and a chain and I'm going to Washington D.C.)
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To: kristinn

The $15,000 is legit and from the Obama paycheck. He won’t dare play games with this because his tax return will be published

I seriously doubt that the $40,000 rent for the Obama Hawaii vacation house will be paid by them. This will be paid by US taxpayers or at worst the Democrats will raise money for it

Bottom line is the $15,000 for Haitian relief is in line with generous giving and beyond criticism. IMHO


11 posted on 01/20/2010 5:45:10 PM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: kristinn

What a turd. Keep shining Barry, keep shining. Btw how does it feel when the bluest of blue states (home to the Kennedy’s for God’s sake) says: “FUBO”?


12 posted on 01/20/2010 5:45:40 PM PST by toddausauras
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To: kristinn

Sorry, I don’t fault the guy.

$15K is pretty generous no matter how much you make.


13 posted on 01/20/2010 5:48:23 PM PST by Hammerhead
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To: kristinn

When is FEMA sending in the ATM machines and cards for the victims?


14 posted on 01/20/2010 5:52:26 PM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: kristinn

He’s set for life via speaking fees.

The point is, it’s not much to give out of abundance presently owned, and guaranteed down the road.

It’s paltry for him, but it betrays how poor he really is after “20 years” in Jeremiah Wright’s “church”.


15 posted on 01/20/2010 5:55:02 PM PST by ROTB (Repeal to 1789, for the children.)
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To: Hammerhead
Sorry, I don’t fault the guy.

I sure do.

This communist son of a whore has just unleashed close to 2 TRILLION DOLLARS in deficit spending on the people that actually PAY TAXES (that would be the ones the DID NOT VOTE FOR HIM).

This is PURE PR and quite frankly I find it embarrassing that anyone on this forum would fall for it.

A REAL POTUS WOULD NOT PUBLICIZE HIS PERSONAL DONATION.

16 posted on 01/20/2010 5:58:01 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: kristinn
“The President and First Lady have been inspired by the way that millions of Americans have responded with tremendous generosity to the Haiti crisis – even in these tough economic times,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest says, “So, today, they sent their own check for $15,000 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund to support the ongoing relief efforts in that country.”

The sheeple like bright shiny objects and are easily distracted.

17 posted on 01/20/2010 6:00:59 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: kristinn
"As of today the fund has received more than 126,000 contributions for relief and recovery efforts."

Why are people donating? I understand that it's from the heart and helping out in times of emergency. But, the Haitians will be brought over here and we will be paying for them anyway. So it's like giving double...as if we can afford it.

The obamas could have given more. Considering how much they make, $7,500 per adult is not much.

18 posted on 01/20/2010 6:00:59 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: -YYZ-
Well, so what? I mean, I gave $50 for relief in Haiti, but just spent over $1,000 for a week’s vacation. Does that make me a bad person or something? Seems like a fairly generous donation to me.

I'm with you, Y. If that was his money on the holiday or donation, good for them. I'd sound like a "woe is me" liberal to complain about "rich people".

Now if that was all money he fleeced from campaign contributions, he deserves our rath

BTW, YYZ sounds very "hog town" to me.

19 posted on 01/20/2010 6:03:06 PM PST by llevrok (I speak with a Conservative dialect)
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To: ROTB

The Bible teaches Christians to give without fanfare, quietly, privately. In essence, charitable giving should be known softly between the giver and God, and the gift should be given joyfully, eminating from the one’s soul. Perhaps our elected leader missed that lesson at the feet of Rev Jeremiah Wright.


20 posted on 01/20/2010 6:03:29 PM PST by Tudorfly
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To: kristinn

They should have written the check to the Bush political fund.


21 posted on 01/20/2010 6:03:41 PM PST by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: dennisw
The $15,000 is legit and from the Obama paycheck.

Yeah, but slick willy got it, cashed it and split it with osamaobama.

There is nothing those two scumbags won't do.

22 posted on 01/20/2010 6:05:21 PM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Tudorfly
>>>The Bible teaches Christians to give without fanfare, quietly, privately.<<<
—Amen! Altruism is best conducted anonymously.
23 posted on 01/20/2010 6:06:42 PM PST by Shqipo (Palin/Thompson 2012)
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To: Rome2000

you seem to have me confused with someone that doesn’t give a flying F@ck what he gave.

apparently you do.

I got more important things to ponder.


24 posted on 01/20/2010 6:07:54 PM PST by Hammerhead
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To: Rome2000
A REAL POTUS WOULD NOT PUBLICIZE HIS PERSONAL DONATION.

Exactly! By announcing this he's making it *all about him*. But, of course, that's his MO.

25 posted on 01/20/2010 6:08:23 PM PST by azishot
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To: Rome2000

Oh! I agree that most people making generous donations to Haiti will not publicize it. Let’s see if others follow - Biden, Clinton, Pelosi, Reid, etc. or even GWB. I’m sure he and his family have already contributed WITHOUT the press release.


26 posted on 01/20/2010 6:16:40 PM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: kristinn

Would have been a nice time to roll out the Nobel Peace Prize dollars... he hasn’t donated them yet has he?


27 posted on 01/20/2010 6:17:06 PM PST by sbMKE
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To: Dixie Yooper

The banks are closed down there. The people can’t get food. The one I know hasn’t eaten since the schools are closed and that is where he eats his one meal.


28 posted on 01/20/2010 6:19:20 PM PST by proudtobeanamerican1 (Prayers Up! It's our last defense!)
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To: kristinn

He got $1.2 MILLION for his fake Peace Prize.
Which he said would be donated to charity.

This is actually really insulting.
He admitted he didn’t deserve the Prize.

But then the majority in Haiti ARE Christians


29 posted on 01/20/2010 6:19:22 PM PST by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: kristinn

“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Matthew 6:1-4


30 posted on 01/20/2010 6:19:28 PM PST by loveitor.. ("I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours..." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Thank You Rush

“Josh Earnest” should be ashamed of himself, Goebbels had clear and definite rules about “BAD PROPAGANDA”


31 posted on 01/20/2010 6:22:49 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: kristinn

The class act is to always mention your charitable donations, including the amount...


32 posted on 01/20/2010 6:23:00 PM PST by 4buttons
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To: Marty62

So the Obama’s donated $15K. That’s OK but Angelina Jolie donated $1M the day after it happened. PS: She is not an Obambi fan in any way shape or form.


33 posted on 01/20/2010 6:23:52 PM PST by ninergold3 ("Has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God?" -Mark Lowry)
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To: ninergold3

Yes Angie didn’t even take 24 hours to think about it.
She just did it.


34 posted on 01/20/2010 6:27:46 PM PST by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: kristinn

Seems like genuine generosity to me. Who’s business is it that they spent more on their vacation than they donated in aide to Haiti?


35 posted on 01/20/2010 6:36:27 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (A "teabagger"? Say it to my face. ><BCC>)
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To: Marty62

He got $1.2 MILLION for his fake Peace Prize.
Which he said would be donated to charity.

__________

Perhaps he has already donated the prize money. Should he make that a public event to satisfy us FReepers?


36 posted on 01/20/2010 6:46:09 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (A "teabagger"? Say it to my face. ><BCC>)
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To: kristinn
I seem to remember hearing something about “the right hand not letting the left hand know about what it was doing. Fifteen thousand isn't chump change to me but to people like the Obama’s it is. Better not to have mentioned this generous (not!) donation from people who could have given much,much more.
37 posted on 01/20/2010 6:48:48 PM PST by scottiemom ("As a Texas public school teacher, I would highly recommend private school")
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To: kristinn

Real generosity is accomplished quietly.


38 posted on 01/20/2010 6:50:29 PM PST by ataDude (Its like 1933, mixed with the Carter 70s, plus the books 1984 and Animal Farm, all at the same time.)
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To: kristinn

It’s all for show. The Obamas, like most Dems, only give charitable donations when it is politically expedient to do so.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/26/us/politics/26taxes.html


39 posted on 01/20/2010 7:33:03 PM PST by SpinyNorman (Carbon credits are designed to be the slush fund of the New World Order.)
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To: kristinn
Good that they decided to donate. However most people just donate time, energy and monies without public knowledge. This should have been done in private without public acknowledgment.
40 posted on 01/20/2010 7:50:06 PM PST by reader25
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To: kristinn

Good grief Michelle has lots more shopping and trips to make.


41 posted on 01/20/2010 7:50:39 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: ridesthemiles

And one or more years of Bidens’ tax returns showed about $200 in donations.

These people are unreal


42 posted on 01/20/2010 8:04:43 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: kristinn

$15,000? Paltry in light of all the money he’s made on his faux autobiographies and the Nobel Prize, not to mention under-the-table payoffs by the unions. He’s eager to spend trillions of our money, but just $15,000 for Haiti relief? Guess he doesn’t like black people.


43 posted on 01/20/2010 9:07:51 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: kristinn

They did this TODAY?

That’s astounding they waited so long, and gave so little given the First Lady’ wardrobe and restaurant expenditures.

I would bet the Cheney’s and Bush’s have given a lot more, a lot sooner- unpublicized


44 posted on 01/20/2010 9:17:12 PM PST by silverleaf (At Harvard, George Bush got C's - Obama probably failed "lunch")
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To: La Lydia

that Nobel money is belt and shoe money for me-shell


45 posted on 01/20/2010 9:17:45 PM PST by silverleaf (At Harvard, George Bush got C's - Obama probably failed "lunch")
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To: sten

40k on xmas vacation. 0 on presents for their kids. I hear they do not allow xmas presents.


46 posted on 01/20/2010 9:32:13 PM PST by screaminsunshine
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To: kristinn

And conservatives like us are far more generous in charitable donations than libs.


47 posted on 01/20/2010 9:38:37 PM PST by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: kristinn

yeah and she was spotted wearing a coat worth nearly $4000 :(. Wow


48 posted on 01/20/2010 10:37:23 PM PST by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: fatnotlazy
What the heck? That money comes from the taxpayers anyway.

*******

Hey, please take it easy on President Obama concerning his $15,000 donation to the Haiti terrible catastrophe.

Remember, President Obama really doesn't have much money to donate to charity for this reason:

As you probably know, President Obama has to save his pennies in order to pay his lawyers who are defending him against those "birthers" who are fighting in court to have President Obama release his 1961 Hawaii long form birth certificate.

At last count, Obama or the Democratic Party has paid over $1 million dollars, and counting, to lawyers to keep the public from looking at Obama's Hawaii long form birth certificate, a birth certificate that would cost Obama about $10 to get a copy from Hawaii.

So please, be nice to Obama and be thankful that Obama was able to come up with $15,000 of his hard-earned money to donate to the Haiti fund, $15,000 that Obama could have used to pay off $1 million fees to his lawyers who are fighting the "birthers" in court case after court case.

49 posted on 01/20/2010 10:57:12 PM PST by john mirse
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To: -YYZ-
Well, so what? I mean, I gave $50 for relief in Haiti, but just spent over $1,000 for a week’s vacation. Does that make me a bad person or something? Seems like a fairly generous donation to me.

No, it doesn't. However I have a problem with liberals whining about 'greed' and going on a tirade about how much others should pay for their cause.

I've never met a generous liberal, and certainly never met one as generous with their money as they are with someone else's.
50 posted on 01/20/2010 10:59:06 PM PST by proud_yank (Socialism - An Answer In Search Of A Question For Over 100 Years)
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