President Obama cost this country more than any previous chief executive when he was in office, and he is apparently extending that legacy into his post-presidential years.
According to a new Congressional Research Service memo, the former president is set to become the most expensive ex-chief in American history, costing taxpayers as much as $1,153,000 next year. 44’s latest budget request puts him $100,000 over the budget for his predecessor, George W. Bush, and $200,000 over former President Bill Clinton. According to the memo, 2018 will see $942,000 set aside for George H.W. Bush and only $456,000 will go to Jimmy Carter.
A 1950’s-era law provides for the expenses of ex-presidents, and with those expenses rising, some are questioning the wisdom of keeping that law in place. We’re a long way off from the point where former presidents struggled to make a living, after all. Thanks to exorbitant speaking fees, multimillion dollar book deals, and other sources of revenue, anyone who has spent time in the Oval Office can be virtually assured that they can turn their post-presidential years into a financial windfall. Certainly, liberals have been turned off by Obama’s speaking fees; the ex-prez has made several high-profile speeches for hundreds of thousands of dollars. And he’s signed a book deal with his wife worth millions.
Obviously, none of this taxpayer money is going to break the bank; you could hardly even call it a drop in the bucket when it comes to the overall federal budget. Still, if it rubs you the wrong way to see Barack Obama – the man who drove our national debt to new, skyrocketing heights – still leeching off the public dime, you aren’t alone.
With President Trump having pledged a million dollars of his own money to disaster relief in Texas, we’d like to see Obama do the same with his government stipend. Pay for your own office space, ya mooch!