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The Obamas Pay For Groceries, Just Like Us

The Obamas may have a talented executive chef on staff to cook their meals, but that doesn't mean the presidential kitchen is completely complimentary to the first family. People magazine reports that, with the exception of official dinners, the Obamas are responsible for all of their food, drink, and dry-cleaning bills. The expenses are deducted from President Obama's $400,000 annual salary. They might be the first family of the United States, but they have everyday expenses, just like us!


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turbinework turbinework 6 years
Before you all jump to some kind of opinion about how the obamas are just like us real families, go to presidents@ under perks and salary
ylovely ylovely 8 years
I love that. It makes perfect sense after all.
hope2be hope2be 8 years
I agree tiabia, it IS taxpayer's money that pays the president's salary and every people in our government. (by the way, the key word is SALARY, ophelia, I don't think tiabia is implying that the president isn't working, even us ordinary people who have jobs have salary). But it is good to know that they're deducting it from his paycheck. I wonder also if they use coupons :p Nawww, but the thing is, why not? I imagine the price they had to pay probably over inflated and they can't even get them themselves due to their type of jobs. Coupons help, even a little :D
opheliadrowning opheliadrowning 8 years
RE: tiabia Well, the president is working to earn this salary that is paid for by our taxes, so I think it's a fair exchange. It's not like he's getting paid for doing nothing.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
You do realize that tax money pays the President's salary, and so therefore yours and my taxes are in fact paying for groceries and dry cleaning.
kathrynliz kathrynliz 8 years
Coupons? LOL.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Well, I'm glad they aren't exempt either. They should have to pay for their own stuff; it's not like they're poor or anything like that.
wren1 wren1 8 years
This is refreshing to know. I'd actually been wondering about that recently.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Good. It would really bother me if they (or any other First Family) got that kind of stuff on the house.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's actually reassuring that they have to pay for things like that. it's not just a given. which is especially nice since we all know that it's our tax dollars that would pay for something like that. i wonder if they are coupon people too - or if they just make a list of stuff ,since it would be hard to go through a supermarket with all that secret service on your tail.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I read about this recently! I was surprised, but I also thought it made a lot of sense once I thought about it. I think the article was about how one first lady was so surprised to get a bill...maybe Nancy Reagan? It makes so much sense, though, especially in these times. I would be annoyed if my tax dollars went to cookies or dry cleaning.
shydcgirl28 shydcgirl28 8 years
Great information, didn't know that.
mlen mlen 8 years
interesting article- thanks syako
syako syako 8 years
syako syako 8 years
They just ran a really interesting article in National Geographic about the White House. I was shocked to read the first family has to pay for groceries, but after thinking about it, it makes perfect sense.
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