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How Money Are You: Presidential Salaries

It's inauguration day, which means Barack Obama officially begins his new job as President of the United States. Obama will receive an annual salary, as with any other job, except he won't be eligible for a raise during his term. What do you know about presidential salaries? Take the quiz!


How Money Are You: Presidential Salaries

How much is Obama's annual salary as President?

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cpianolover cpianolover 8 years
3/3 yay!
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
1/3 i suck.
JaeB JaeB 8 years
Yeah, that salary sounds fine to me. However, I've heard that they will have to pay for their own groceries and dry cleaning. Big deal, right? :P
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
They won't have a high ass mortgage for 4 years. And their other home that they're keeping is probably paid off by now.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
$400k is plenty, being that they don't have to worry about rent, travel expenses, food, and a heck of a lot more like the rest of the public.
graylen graylen 8 years
gonedelirious- Seems from the article that he will make the same as Bush. It doesn't increase every term.
gonedelirious gonedelirious 8 years
so how does Obama's salary compare to Bush's?
rachelsmith rachelsmith 8 years
I think $400k is reasonable - is he the highest paid person in US gov't, I wonder? Considering what he could make as a plain ol lawyer or something, that's not much. Granted all he has to pay for is like his mortgage back home, and tuition for his girls, and savings (but I'm sure the pension is great, and there are no shortage of job opportunities if he is successful), and expenses like clothes (excuse my ignorance, but is it legal for companies to give him/michelle/his girls free stuff, in exchange for publicity, like any other celebrities? Or are there a lot of limits on that kind of stuff). So it's plenty of money, for someone with free housing and travel and food most of the time, but not unreasonable sums either. It's kind of a hard job.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
shydcgirl28 shydcgirl28 8 years
I think that $400k is plenty, considering the endorsement power, speaking engagements and other perks that are included once his 8 years are up. See what I did there...? He basically can sock that money away into an account since all of his daily needs and the needs of the first family are taken care of by the White House budget.
brookberrys brookberrys 8 years
Very interesting information, flyingroo... :)
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
"George Washington was paid a salary of $25,000 a year from 1789 to 1797 as the first president of the United States. The current salary of the president has recently been doubled to $400,000, to go with a $50,000 expense account, a generous pension and several other benefits. Has the remuneration improved? Making a comparison using the CPI for 1790 shows that $25,000 corresponds to over $585,000 today, so the recent raise means current presidents have an equal command over consumer goods as the Father of the Country. "
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
$400K isn't much but I bet they don't have to pay for anything. . . like I'm sure they don't buy plane tickets for traveling or like groceries . . or for the girls to attend private school . . .
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