Skip to comments.Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on Obama family last year
Posted on 09/27/2012 2:51:09 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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 isnt 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 Air Force One 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 presidents expenses, Gray told TheDC.
Specifically, Gray said taxpayer dollars are subsidizing Obamas re-election effort when he uses Air Force One to jet across the country campaigning.
When the trip is deemed political, its 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 presidents 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 anyones objection if a president were to pay his chief of staff $5,000,000 a year, he told TheDC. And nothing but a presidents 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 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. Its 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 presidents familys 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 presidents 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 familys dog handler was paid $102,000, last year.
We spent a thousand times as much on deficit spending for pork to buy votes and support from rich liberals. The $1.4T in destructive waste bothers me a whole lot more than the $1.4B for a spoiled bigot and family.
Taxpayers Sweep [Jimmy] Carters Tennis Court, Clean His Pool
And protecting Obama from an enraged America for many years will cost us another couple billion.
They plan on buying a mega mansion in Hawaii, and who is paying for it?
President Barack Obama shares a lighter moment during a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, Nov. 22, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
I’d love to know how much that private school is costing us for his 2 kids. Did anyone see Brian Williams’ snarky question to Mitt regarding the private school Mitt’s parents sent him to years and years ago? Brian reminded the viewers it would cost $38,000 in today’s $$ to send a kid to Mitt’s private school, and asked Mitt “doesn’t every child deserve such an education?”.
...And yet, we still haven't found any fit enough to run a lemonade stand profitably.
It’s good to be King, even if just for awhile.
Can you imagine Ronald Reagan putting his foot up on the Oval Office desk?
I didn’t think so.
This is so indicative of Obama’s contempt of everything American, and of that we hold sacred.
And there’s that blowhard Joe Biden blabbering away as if Obama gives a crap, and doesn’t have enough sense to tell Zippy to get his damn foot off the desk.
He’s a muzzie showing the sole of his foot to the history of the desk and those that have sat behind it.
Leftist’s have a completely torqued view of what the job of “Representative of the people” means. They don’t recognize it for what it is. They see those votes that put them in the top position of leadership as the winning numbers of a lottery.
They see it as a ticket to ride.
Bill Clinton said he had more fun as President than any other President before him.
Obama is trying to outdo him.
The president’s dog has a handler? At over $100,000/year! We pay for that? So those two kids who wanted a dog can’t take care of it? Good grief!
In contrast the British PM gets paid about $300,000.
White House basketball court, President Obama takes a shot in 2009 (White House - Pete Souza)
White House family theater (Pete Souza)
Tender: President Barack Obama dances with First Lady Michelle Obama in the Blue Room of the White House prior to an In Performance at the White House series concert honoring songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David on May 9, 2012
Unwinding over a game of pool after his VIP guests have gone home
Sidwell Friends Tuition for 2012-2013
Lower School - $33,268 (includes hot lunch and textbooks)
Middle and Upper Schools - $34,268 (includes hot lunch)
baraq is livin large and gettin paid.
You might want to read up on that. Start with George Washington. He and his family had people stopping by their farm (a lot). They were treated as guests and fed and housed.
"In the true tradition of hospitality, the Washington's welcomed hundreds of guests to Mount Vernon each year. Many of the guests remained over night, or for several days, and the servants were kept busy preparing rooms for visitors. Mrs. Washington kept low post beds in storage that could be brought down and set up in the rooms to accommodate the overflow of travelers." - Mount Vernon
I’m sure obama is hating all the opulence and pretentiousness but he has a thankless job of stick’n to the rich.
Life is a cabaret.
Get rid of the czars. That would be helpful. The movie projectionist should be available only from 6-12 weeknights and noon to midnight on weekends only. I give a little leeway to the fact that any President just can’t go to the movies so they need some sort of entertainment. It should not cost that much to go to Camp David. That is just ridiculous. I don’t have any idea why it would cost that much for a place that is less than an hour from the White House. The campaigning for President is a necessity but the DNC should pay for that unless he has an official visit with the governor, mayor of the town or something like that. I can’t imagine 1.4 billion is accurate but it sure is a lot of money regardless.
>>I give a little leeway to the fact that any President just cant go to the movies so they need some sort of entertainment.
He must know what a DVD is. Or cable/satellite TV?
Its still better than what his “subjects” can afford thanks to his intentional destruction of the economy: Netflix and Red Box.
Someone (can't remember who) said it best: he loves being President, but he sure as hell doesn't care for doing any of the work.
I agree with the whole DVD thing, but what about just released movies? He definitely would need some mechanism to see a movie that just came out Friday and not have to wait until it comes out on DVD.
Perhaps he needs to put off seeing a new release and get on with doing his job, meet with the Prime Minister of Israel for starters.
I know. I know. His job is de-developing the United States and his czars are doing that.
I'm talking of the rights and privileges an American president has, compared to other places where the power is normally shared between a President and Prime Minister.
Does nobama listen to Dave Ramsey on the radio? He’s paying cash, the other guy is pulling out his credit card :)
Is that a $100 bill? Kinda hard to tell. Looks like three digits.
The movie producers put their movies on promotional DVDs before the movie is released. So a DVD would be available.
Rush has spoken about getting promotional DVDs on his radio show.
Is this “livin large on the taxpayers’ dime” just a democrat thing, or is it a black democrat thing? (entitlement mentality)
Anyone have a comment?
It seems to me that the black democrats tend to be more inclined to take advantage of the perks of office than white or hispanic democrats.
Really need a comparison here to George Bush and Bill Clinton’s White House expenses. George Bush used Air force One as he campaigned for re-election in 2004. But still.....I’ll bet crazy arse spendthrift Bammy Boy is squandering much more on his presidency than anyone before. It’s his style. He already has had many more White House parties, at least half of them slanted towards black entertainers to spread Bammy Boy’s fame in de hood
I’d like to see an ad with pictures of BO’s feet on the Oval Office desk. They disgust me and, I think, others feel the same.
Biden telling the boob that last night after he left the bar he was pulling into his drive way and someone drover his hands.
Thank you! :)
We better not hold our breath waiting for Brian Willians to ask Obama the same question he asked Mitt......
It’s good to be king (it’s GREAT to be preezy of the united steezy!)
” Can you imagine Ronald Reagan putting his foot up on the Oval Office desk? “
No, nor would any other POTUS.
No, nor would any other POTUS.
This has come up before on FR. Photos were posted of several presidents with their feet up on the Oval Office desk. Reagan wasn't one of them, but someone did post a picture of him with his shoes up on White House furniture (an ottoman).
It’s nice to be the king? What do deployed troops get? We had 3 year old movies on film and last years movies on VHS when I was pushing an SSBN around.
that’s BILLION with a B.
In ONE year.
Just on goodies for this jerk and his wife, the international traveler.
Where is Michelle off to this week?
If she is even at the WH, you can bet she is planning her next jaunt across the globe.
And yet obama voters were pissed in 2008 that the republican party spent $150K on a wardrobe for Sarah Palin and family. A mere pittance in comparison.
I was a deployed troops too and I hear ya. However, 44 Presidents in the History of the United States compared to around 50 million military in our history. It is a little different and you know that.
This makes me so happy. I’ll get an extra newspaper for the extra coupons to clip Sunday so I can help fund another trip for these selfless, pennypinching, deficit hawks who are so worried about the “workin man”.