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Monday, March 16, 2015

A bombshell new book has revealed that Americans spend $1.4 billion a year just on the staffing, housing, transportation and entertainment of the Obama family int he White House.

“One of the most important things to note about the $1.4 billion figure is that it specifically does NOT include the cost of running the White House’s policy operations – the $1.4 billion is money that is directly related to the president and his family,” John F. Groom wrote in his book “The 1.4 Billion Dollar Man: Costs of the Obama White House.”

According to the Daily Caller, Groom broke down the costs as follows:

• President’s salary and allowance: $450,000
• White House building operating expenses: $14,658,000
• White House Grounds: $6,057,000
• Vacations: $20,000,000
• Health care for the first family, including traveling medical staff and equipment: $7,000,000
• Campaign expenses not reimbursed to government: $311,000,000
• White House staff: $7,985,420
• Office of Administration budget: $14,481,000
• Special missions including White House Communications Agency: $161,252,000
• Military salary costs: $153,441,360
• Salary costs for presidential airlift squadron: $75,000,000
• Presidential plane fleet: $44,000,000
• Presidential helicopter fleet: $300,000,000
• Ground transportation: $2,200,000
• Transportation total: $346,200,000
• Secret Service: $259,152,884

“We need to return to the idea of the president as first citizen – a very important person, but not a deity,” Groom wrote. “He and his administration should run their lives as examples to the nation, with frugality and simplicity, at least until the huge institution they run, the United States government, returns to some degree of solvency.”

Frankly, this makes us sick. What do you think about it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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