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Presidential Benefits

White HouseWhat 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.

  • Entertainment: $19,000.

  • Rent at the White House (including use of its bowling alley and movie theater): free

  • Trips on Air Force 1: free

  • Meals: 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.

01/25/2009 12:11PM
Presidential Benefits
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