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While the US economy continues to struggle, President Obama and his family are living the high life on your dime. We, the taxpayers, shelled out 1.4 billion dollars on the Obamas in 2011 alone. During that same year, British taxpayers only spent 57.8 million on the entire royal family.
Barack and Michelle Obama are living more expensive lifestyles than actual king and queens.
The $1.4 billion included salaries of the First Family’s transportation and housing, entertainment, vacations, and staff member salaries.
$102,000 was spent on a single “dog handler,” for the family pet, Bo. (On a side note, who the heck names their own dog after themselves, seriously? “Bo” stands for “Barack Obama.” Oh, the narcissism…)
As our national debt nears $17 TRILLION, the out-of-control spending on the Obama family is especially inappropriate. But, as usual, the mainstream media won’t report on the spending problem. In his new book, author Robert Keith Gray points out details on the absurd amounts of tax dollars being spent on the personal needs of the Obamas. Here are some of the mind-blowing facts from his book:
-Never before has so much money been spent on a president and his family during a single year
-The Obama family has the “biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever”
-During Obama’s entire presidency, Air Force One has been “running with the frequency of a scheduled air line”
-Obama has 469 senior staff working under him, and 226 of them make over $100,000 per year
-There is always at least one projectionist at the White House 24/7 just in case there is someone that wants to watch a movie
-The “dog handler” for Bo, the family dog, makes $102,000 per year and is often flown with the family on vacation so that he can care for the dog
The Obamas’ expenses are high while they’re in DC, but get even more outrageous when they vacation — and they LOVE to vacation!
The First Family will soon be taking a $100 million vacation to Africa. The White House even had the nerve to say the $100 million trip is a “great bang for our buck!” $100 million for a vacation is a “bang for our buck” — really?! At a time when one in seven Americans are on food stamps? Disgusting.
The middle class is being crushed by taxes, regulations, and the weak economy. According to a 2012 study, 55 percent of all American small business owners say “they would not start a business today given what they know now and in the current environment.”
The Obamas might spend like it’s 1999, but hey, at least they look great doing it! And that’s all that really matters, right?
Written by Kristin Tate.
Follow Kristin on Twitter @KristinBTate.