5% is an insult to all of us who will have to give up 20% because of the
furlough. Just another PR stunt.
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
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.
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.
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.....
Redshirt,you say BO does less work while on vacation than bush did.count your blessings - the less BO does, the better off we are!
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
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
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
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.
@mountaiman 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?
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
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
@ 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!
I gave 100% for three years.
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?
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
@ 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!
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
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.
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.
What about the hundreds of millions in benefits, and vacation subsidies?
Sprinstreet-You have to want to understand before you truly can. To listen
and learn you have to want to hear.
@mountainman So do you really not understand that the 5% is on top of the
taxes he pays?
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.
Just cancel on golf trip!
Way to lead Obama. of course this will be spun as a bad thing by
those that only post their hatred of the president.
Giving back 5% is nothing! I give back nearly 25% of my pay back to the federal
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.