Taxpayers Spent 1.4-Billion, On Obama Family Last Year

ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA* 2012/11/30 20:55:49

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.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/26/taxpayers-spent-1-4-billion...

Politicians looking for savings to deal with the national debt crisis should perhaps start by abolishing the President.

Barack Obama and his family cost the taxpayer $1.4billion per year, according to a recently published book.

By contrast, the British Royal Family costs less than $60million each year.

Pricey: Taking care of Barack Obama and his family costs the public over $1billion per year, according to a book on the cost of the presidency

Two of the principal costs of the the Obama presidency - and any other presidency - are staffing and security, according to Robert Keith Gray's book Presidential Perks Gone Royal.

When it comes to keeping the First Family safe, few would dispute that it is worth paying a high price to keep the President safe from harm.

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This means paying for hundreds of Secret Service agents, travel in the secure space of Air Force and funding a team of doctors to follow Mr Obama around.

But even this essential expense can be exploited to political ends, according to Mr Gray, a former staffer for Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Air Force One: The presidential jet is one massive White House expense

When the President travels around the country on campaign, he is obliged to take Air Force One.

His party reimburses the taxpayer with the cost of a first-class air ticket per passenger - but this is far from the full cost to taxpayers.

It also provides a President running for re-election with a national transport network which is unavailable to his challenger.

Moreover, much of the money spent on Mr Obama's family goes to perks such as entertainment and household expenses.

For example, the White House contains a movie theatre which is manned by projectionists 24 hours a day in case one of the family feels like a trip to the cinema.

And even the Obamas' dog Bo costs the taxpayer thousands of dollars - his handler is reportedly paid over $100,000 a year.

Another huge presidential outgoing, according to Mr Gray, comes in the form of staff members who can be appointed by the commander-in-chief at his own personal discretion.

226 members of Mr Obama's staff are apparently paid over $100,000 - and the President can increase their salaries at any time.

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  • Tee Quake 2012/12/01 00:49:18
    Tee Quake
    There is no justification for spending $1.4 billion dollars to support Barry Obama's lavish lifestyle. Hypocrite! He runs around the nation attacking "millionaires and billionaires" for breakfast, ONLY to join them at the table for dinner at night. The distinction is that many of the millionaires and billionaires he is attacking, are also the private sector, job creators without whom many more will become totally dependent on Obama's regime. That must never be allowed to happen. Obama creates nothing but mistrust and animosity.

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  • texasred 2012/12/02 23:09:21
    I do believe in keeping the first family safe. But the least Obama could do in this economy is stop the expensive vacations, get rid of Bo's handler, cut some of the extraneous costs by reducing staff members, and so much more. Unfortunately, he and Michelle act like they won the big lotto. But it's not his money!
  • ReconMa... texasred 2012/12/06 17:51:49
  • texasred ReconMa... 2012/12/06 21:59:56
    They act like the Beverly Hillbillies... only it's not their money.
  • Kronan_1 2012/12/02 14:49:45
    "When it comes to keeping the First Family safe, few would dispute that it is worth paying a high price to keep the President safe from harm."

    I dispute it. No way would it cost half that money for their security. The entertainment should come out of his pocket not mine. I don't have anyone feeding me. I have to pay for my own food. Why shouldn't he? This whole idea of being President has become so perverted that it no longer represents the intent of our founding fathers. This will not be pretty. It will only get worse.
  • ReconMa... Kronan_1 2012/12/06 17:53:41
  • Giantsfan 2012/12/02 14:15:13
    Considering the Royal Family are not the head of the british government but just figureheads to be shown off in public that's an awful lot of money just to show off a family who has no political power or leadership. The Prime Minister is the head of the British government. Give it up people you ignorance is showing again.
  • Mr Chin 2012/12/02 03:46:45
    Mr Chin
    Even their kids got a trip down Mexico way with a whole big bunch of their friends. That's the way of the wealthy Democrats. Use other peoples cash and and lecture them about all of the things that they are doing wrong.
    mexico trip obamas kids
  • ReconMa... Mr Chin 2012/12/06 17:56:39
  • Mr Chin ReconMa... 2012/12/06 21:20:21
    Mr Chin
    It's funny that the Obama's are so like the little Mexican dictators. It is said of a Mexican Dictator though I'm paraphrasing is that "a poor dictator is a bad dictator". Meanwhile all of the people there need food,. water,. medicine and everything else. Sound familiar ??
  • Oaces_boss_yo® 2012/12/02 03:14:23
  • ReconMa... Oaces_b... 2012/12/06 17:57:21
  • Oaces_b... ReconMa... 2012/12/06 18:11:47
  • jer1five 2012/12/02 02:14:51 (edited)
    Wouldn't this put the President in the hated 1%? Progressives are the most hypocritical people alive.
  • ReconMa... jer1five 2012/12/06 17:57:47
  • cancled 2012/12/02 00:13:32 (edited)
    Yupp, and we pay our tax dollars for all the other jerk political leaders in Washington D.C. also

    American politics has gone from the lessor of two evils, to the lessor of who is most pathetic!!!!!!
  • ReconMa... cancled 2012/12/06 17:59:32
  • cancled ReconMa... 2012/12/07 03:18:20
    That's because we believe all the advertisements they flood to us over the media, and then we vote for the wrong people to represent us,
    And i'm talking about "BOTH" democratic and republican leadership.
    The ONLY political party that wants Americans to have a say in the political arena is the Green Party......................... no one else!!!!!!!!!!
  • S and S 2012/12/01 23:57:44
  • ReconMa... S and S 2012/12/06 17:59:55
  • RTHTGakaRoland 2012/12/01 23:55:38
    obama sun king

    Barack and Michelle believe that they are the reincarnations of Louis and Marie, yet they don't seem to recall how that story ended.
  • ReconMa... RTHTGak... 2012/12/06 18:01:07
  • Mark P. 2012/12/01 19:48:31
    Mark P.
    His handlers have to get him out of town so he doesn't say anything stupid.
  • ReconMa... Mark P. 2012/12/01 20:11:07
  • drsardonicas 2012/12/01 19:07:28
    Government is the problem
  • ReconMa... drsardo... 2012/12/01 20:12:23
  • Grabitz ReconMa... 2012/12/01 21:04:07
    Now that we can agree on but remember that goes for the Conservative politician tea party politician as well .
  • ReconMa... Grabitz 2012/12/01 21:26:27
  • Grabitz ReconMa... 2012/12/01 22:27:24
    Agreed .
  • ReconMa... Grabitz 2012/12/01 23:52:59
  • Independent Thinker 2012/12/01 17:57:36
    Independent Thinker
    Wow! If that is true - very scary. How could anyone in their right mind think that is ok?
  • ReconMa... Indepen... 2012/12/01 20:16:57
  • Indepen... ReconMa... 2012/12/05 01:25:37
    Independent Thinker
    Mmm...Well, if Bush did it it must be o.k. if Obama does - wow!

    Interesting reasoning - no wonder this country is in the jam it is.
  • ReconMa... Indepen... 2012/12/06 18:04:05
  • Indepen... ReconMa... 2012/12/07 03:08:56
    Independent Thinker
    Mmm...how do you know who I voted for? Amazing!

    You seriously believe it is ok to spend 1.4 billion? Yipes! Ridiculous!
  • Angus 2012/12/01 17:33:42
    And no word from the left on that. Obama is nothing more than a left wing free loader who cares only about himself and his dictatorial agenda.

    obama leech
  • ReconMa... Angus 2012/12/01 20:18:43
  • ALofRI 2012/12/01 17:13:42
    NO! They spent that on "Government", given the rate of inflation, nothing unusual. What was wasted MOST was Congressional wages. We got nearly NOTHING for those millions....except a few "social agenda" issues that FEW people wanted! Now THERE'S a "waste"!
  • socokid 2012/12/01 16:03:32 (edited)
    EDIT: You not only blocked me for my post below, but not until after you replied to me? You are a coward. Period. Here is my reference, and a close up of the 2008 list. Gray does not explain exactly how he came up with his numbers, so comparing them in the first place is silly. Unedited post below:

    In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on a non-governing side show.


    The analogies and missing information gets worse from here. Like, no mention that this is 200 Million less than Bush's 2008?

    Moving on...
  • ReconMa... socokid 2012/12/01 20:26:00
  • luigi1- in god we trust 2012/12/01 15:45:28
    luigi1- in god we trust
    When adjusted to inflation...typical for any president.
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