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Did Obama freeze his $400k per year salary?

I remember Bama stated he was freezing the pay of some of the White House employees making over $100k per year, but I don't think he said that he was going to freeze his own pay. As President, he currently earns $400,000 per year, along with a $50,000 expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account and $19,000 for entertainment. That's not enough pay IMO for the job, but I wonder if he is just pulling a stunt without his own pay being affected.

It seems that he could be satisfied with all the money he made suing large companies for discrimination against blacks. He also makes good money from the royalties on his books. Hell, he even won 2 Grammy awards for the spoken word versions of these books.
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Presidents BANK after they are in...and he has millions already why are we worried about what he makes now when everything is free for him as it is?
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Presidents BANK after they are in...and he has millions already why are we worried about what he makes now when everything is free for him as it is?
To me it's an integrity issue. Why freeze the pay of your employees who earn $100k or more and still put 4x that amount in your own bank account. Why lash out at corporate execs for their pay? He probably makes as much or more money as some of the execs he is complaining about. Seems like a double standard to me.
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Presidents BANK after they are in...and he has millions already why are we worried about what he makes now when everything is free for him as it is?
They really bank after they leave, too. Daddy Bill made many millions last year giving "speeches" around the world. Personally, I don't have a problem with that at all.

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I thought he froze any pay raises to people already above 100k... not actually freezing their pay just keeping it from increasing?
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I thought he froze any pay raises to people already above 100k... not actually freezing their pay just keeping it from increasing?
Maybe. I just heard about it from a neighbor and was wondering if he included himself. I still don't think he should be criticizing the corporate execs after what he spent on his campaign after lying about accepting public money only. And not to mention all the money he rakes in with his royalties etc. Seems like he is quick to point the finger, but slow to look in the mirror.
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They really bank after they leave, too. Daddy Bill made many millions last year giving "speeches" around the world. Personally, I don't have a problem with that at all.
I don't have a problem with that either. I heard about Bama freezing something related to pay from what a neighbor told me and a snippet of something I read online and wanted to know if he included himself.

I am curious if Bush will give more info and insight from his presidency now that he is out.
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He froze raises. There is no way anyone in that whitehouse is going to come into work for free.
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well lots of people work in the white house for free, called interns.

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He froze raises. There is no way anyone in that whitehouse is going to come into work for free.
perot wanted to back in '92 or so.
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He froze raises. There is no way anyone in that whitehouse is going to come into work for free.
This makes no sense to me. I could understand freezing pay, but raises? Were these people going to get raises in the first week of being sworn in????
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I don't think the President should get paid while in office. Anyone who can make it to the presidency is already rich in his/her own right. It's not like he has a light bill to pay. Sure..give him the expense account and all but just not a paycheck that sits in the bank because everything he needs/wants is paid for anyway. Either that or start sending the Preident bills for water, elec., groceries etc etc. I'm just sayin...

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It was a freeze on pay raises not pay in general . Personally I would rather pay someone to run the country than I would have them work for free . Nothing is free and they would be getting their money for special interest groups or people just flat out trying to buy the presidency .
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I am curious if Bush will give more info and insight from his presidency now that he is out.
Word is Bush is looking for a book deal. Laura Bush supposedly is close to getting one.

I wonder how much depth he would reveal in a book. His interviews don't give me the impression he'd reveal much but i would by the book if he put one out.
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There's been a few president's in the past that wouldn't accept their paycheck or would donate it to charities. I believe JFK was one of them.

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Word is Bush is looking for a book deal. Laura Bush supposedly is close to getting one.

I wonder how much depth he would reveal in a book. His interviews don't give me the impression he'd reveal much but i would by the book if he put one out.
I'll bet you he'll reveal more than Clinton. What a bunch of drivel...George didn't have all the "side-jobs" (affairs) during his marriage or presidency, and Clinton didn't touch on any of that in his book. I'll bet you would get some real insight on the 9/11 episode, though.

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I'll bet you he'll reveal more than Clinton. What a bunch of drivel...George didn't have all the "side-jobs" (affairs) during his marriage or presidency, and Clinton didn't touch on any of that in his book. I'll bet you would get some real insight on the 9/11 episode, though.
I would love to see his open evaluation of that time throught "the surge". Woodward's books were pretty in depth but I'd pay good money to see Bush's honest perspective.
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