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Obama to return 5 percent of salary to Treasury


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  • crawfordzoo Barstow, CA
    April 7, 2013 4:51 p.m.

    5% is an insult to all of us who will have to give up 20% because of the furlough. Just another PR stunt.

  • Gregorio Norco, CA
    April 6, 2013 10:48 p.m.

    Some reent Presidents never took a dime from the taxpayer for a salary. Why would any politician work for a salary when most are self reliant citizens? Our President does not need a salary only leadership to protect our county from enemies. Let church volunteers serve their worthy poor and get government out of marriage and entitlements. Isn't the major and minor religions teaching to help others and do so with quiet examples of welfare and humanitarian aid. Let government leaders look to these sources to help citizens who are down on their luck. There is just too much waste when the government is bigger than the citizen.

  • Spikey Layton, UT
    April 6, 2013 6:48 a.m.

    I am no Obama hater but I really wasnt impressed. He has MILLIONS of dollars. Like Mitt Romney, he can afford to work without the salary. If you are really serving the people, that salary when you have money like those two men do, what is 5%? Even on top of taxes.

    It's like getting coupons for a restaurant for 3% off. Don't insult me.

  • donburi South Jordan, UT
    April 5, 2013 10:16 p.m.

    Purely symbolic, nothing more. 5% of part of BO's income is nothing when you consider that he is already living the life of a BILLIONAIRE on the taxpayer's tab. Him paying the millions it's costing us for his golf trips (how does he get away with it?) would mean a lot more to me.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    April 5, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    So Obama is giving back 5% of his 400,000 salary?

    Big friggin' deal.

    Mitt Romney has given 10% of his gross earnings for decades (many, many MILLIONS) to his church/charity and even MORE money beyond that to other non-LDS charities over the years, but, hey, we can't talk about that, now can we?

    America, America, oh, how the mighty have fallen.....

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    April 5, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    you say BO does less work while on vacation than bush did.

    count your blessings - the less BO does, the better off we are!

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    April 5, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    To "KJB1" I saw an interesting article about Obama returning 5% of his salary. Again, he has deceived the people. He is only returning 5% of the salary he receives as President, he didn't include the other $360,000 that he got from his book royalties, nor did he include the $100,000 from his travel budget or his $50,000 expense account that he gets. If Obama was really going to return 5% of his salary he should have returned $45,500 to the treasury.

    If you want to compare Obama and Bush's time away from the White House, that is easy. The Secret Service referred to Bush's ranch as the Western White House because he did his job there just as much as he did while at the white house. Obama goes on vacation and does the minimal required as President. Read "Newsweek Defends Obama's Leisure But Mocked Bush's Working Vacations at Texas Ranch" at Newsbusters, "Bush's Working Holidays:
    Aides say the president is on the job even while vacationing in Crawford" in US News and "White House to move to Texas for a while" in USA Today. Bush took work with thim, Obama just kicks back.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    April 5, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    And the whining continues. The president (regardless of who he is) works harder than all of us put together and then some. I was unhappy with most of what Bush did, but I didn't begrudge him earning an income from being in the White House. The idea that anybody who serves in public office isn't supposed to make a living from they do sets a more dangerous precedent then most of you realize. If the only people who can afford to elected to office are already independently wealthy, whose interests are they going to be looking out for?

    And I'd love to have someone show how President Obama's vacation time is different than what any other president does. He's actually taken much less than Bush, if you'd care to actually get the facts...

  • football43 Morgan, UT
    April 4, 2013 6:27 p.m.

    Happy Valley Heretic said...

    "Way to lead Obama.

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

    Dude, cry me a river!! Do you remember the hatred your liberal brothers had toward GW Bush? The posts directed at Obama is mild compared to what was said about him. Of course you would say GW deserved it. So predictable.....

  • Rick2009 MESA, AZ
    April 4, 2013 5:35 p.m.

    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.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 4, 2013 4:52 p.m.

    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?

  • Res Novae Ashburn, VA
    April 4, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    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.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    April 4, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    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?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    April 4, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    @ 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!

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    April 4, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    I gave 100% for three years.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 4, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    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?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 4, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    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.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    April 4, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    @ 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!

  • David Weekes Centerville, UT
    April 4, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    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.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    April 4, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    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.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    April 4, 2013 5:08 a.m.

    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.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 3, 2013 10:38 p.m.

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

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2013 10:32 p.m.

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

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 3, 2013 9:44 p.m.

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

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 3, 2013 9:22 p.m.

    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.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    April 3, 2013 6:59 p.m.

    Just cancel on golf trip!

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 3, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    Way to lead Obama.

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

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    April 3, 2013 4:39 p.m.

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

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2013 4:31 p.m.

    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.