What financial obligations do the president and first lady have while living in the White House? Everything is not free. Title 3 of the U.S. Code is what governs the cash at W's disposal. Here's the basic package:
He makes a salary of $400,000 a year.
He has a $50,000 expense account to defray costs relating to the "discharge of his official duties."
Traveling expenses: $100,000 per year.
Rent at the White House (including use of its bowling alley and movie theater): free
Trips on Air Force 1: free
Vacations at Camp David: free
The President is appropriated $1 million each fiscal year to spend at his discretion for "unanticipated needs" related to the national interest.
After his term, he gets an annual pension of $157,000 per year, plus office space, administrative help, and Secret Service protection.