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Published: Wednesday, April 3 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

barack, cut our spending by 5% please.

You promised you would cut the deficit in half in your first term. You increased it.

Stop with the silly games. You'll make millions off of book sales as soon as you leave office. This won't impact you in the least.

Stop spending, that will decrease the deficit.

Hayden, ID

Giving back 5% is nothing! I give back nearly 25% of my pay back to the federal government!

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Way to lead Obama.

of course this will be spun as a bad thing by those that only post their hatred of the president.

Hayden, ID

Just cancel on golf trip!

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

I knew it.
I knew the Obama haters would spout off - so predictable.

Face it - If Barrack Obama himself discovered the cure for cancer --
you people would still whine and complain that he didn't do it sooner.

spring street

So do you really not understand that the 5% is on top of the taxes he pays?

HS Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

You have to want to understand before you truly can. To listen and learn you have to want to hear.

Mcallen, TX

What about the hundreds of millions in benefits, and vacation subsidies?

Saint Louis, MO

The president has a "lot of good intentions". He is trying to mold an image of being JFK with a lot of "social justice" baggage. He is a "man of the people" with a lot of feminist arguments. His socialist vision is filled with one controversy after another.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

BO could give back his ENTIRE salary and neither he, his wife, nor his kids would go hungry, naked, or homeless.

While I thank him (HVH, LDS? lib) for his gesture, he could do so much more.

David Weekes
Centerville, UT

5% is a nice gesture and hopefully it will inspire others to do likewise, as it seems to have done, but it is like the average American giving $166.70. That may be a lot for the average American since most do not have a pension or millions of dollars earning continual interest as does the president. While I appreciate the President's sentiment, he is not sacrificing anything. Mitt Romney offered to not take ANY salary if he were elected, as he has done in so many other instances. In spite of the joke BO made about Romney's higher pension, Romney has no pension at all and BO gets one for the rest of his life after his presidency. I truly was hoping that BO would be a great example but he is really only doing things to increase popularity and to make himself look good in the eyes of the media and of the public, which will do nothing for the deficit. Unfortunately he is just self promoting as usual and not really interested in solving the nation's many financial and ethical problems. Something is better than nothing, but a true American in his position would do more.

Hayden, ID

@ Spring Street. Of course I know Obama pays income taxes. He also lives the most lavish lifestyle of anyone in the world all paid for by tax payers! He would do much better if he would cancel just one of his lavish vacations of one on his numerous golf outings. For him, its all about show and no substance!

Mcallen, TX

LDS Liberal:

If Barrack Obama himself said he discovered the cure for cancer, - you would believe it.

As a drop of water in an ocean,--so is Obama's 5% compared to what he takes from us.

This is PR for fools.

spring street

First nice attempt at slight of hand your comment was about taxes not lifestyle which was whatt i responded too, but that aside the"lifestyle" he leads is different from any if his predecessors how?

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

I gave 100% for three years.

Hayden, ID

@ Spring Street. No slight of hand at all. I am simply pointing out that the President is supposed to be a servant of the people, not the other way around. The new aristocracy is in the White House, not 17th century France!

USS Enterprise, UT

To "Happy Valley Heretic" didn't you read the article. Obama didn't lead, he followed the example of others. Obama is not a leader, he is a follower.

Don't you liberals realize that while he returned that money to the treasury, he was out there spending millions of dollars on vacations for himself and his family on your tax dollars? For example, Obama's trip to Hawaii cost tax payers $4 million. That is enough to pay 100 teachers for a year. How much did his daughter's vacation for spring break cost us? How about Obama cut out 20% of his vacations until the sequester is over?

Res Novae
Ashburn, VA

Sorry, Mr. President, but 5% just isn't a whole lot. I'm much more impressed that my new boss, Chuck Hagel, has pledged take furlough days with his DOD workforce by returning the equivalent portion of his paycheck to the Treasury.

spring street

No slight of hand? So then your first comment was.not about taxes and the second about the lifestyle of the president? And again how is the presidents "lifestyle" any diffent from any other recent presidents?


5%...come on....what a joke seeing as how he makes $400,000 a year....he should be giving back all of it as he spends so much on vacations.

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