The White House Bubble: President Barack Obama as the $1.8 Billion Man

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Following what he called a "shellacking", President Barack Obama remarked on how it's easy to lose touch with voters while living in the White House "bubble." He also commented on the need to reduce wasteful spending and to be able to relate to the economic pain of ordinary Americans. For the first time Attitude Media (http://www.taxpayertreasurehunt.com) and John F. Groom have determined what the White House Bubble really costs, and just how removed the president is from the lifestyle of ordinary Americans.

Following what he called a "shellacking", President Barack Obama remarked on how it's easy to lose touch with voters while living in the White House "bubble." He also commented on the need to reduce wasteful spending and to be able to relate to the economic pain of ordinary Americans. For the first time Attitude Media (http://www.taxpayertreasurehunt.com) and John F. Groom have determined what the White House Bubble really costs, and just how removed the president is from the lifestyle of ordinary Americans.

Working since July 2009, it took Groom and his colleagues until now to dig through government documents - many of which are classified or buried in different parts of the budget - to analyze 22 separate categories of expenses related to the president's travel, security, personal staff, entertainment and building expenses, to find that, despite talk of government frugality and elimination of waste, the taxpayer funded lifestyle of President Barack Obama is the most expensive in presidential history, with a total cost of approximately $1.8 billion per Year, including:

  •     $300,000 cost for every night Obama spends at the Camp David resort
  •     A valet who earns a six figure salary
  •     A $2 million dollar limousine
  •     $25 to open every letter that the president receives
  •     $334,565,000 annual cost for the president's jets
  •     $118,155,000 annual cost for his helicopters

Reduction in presidential expenses presents two opportunities for President Obama:

1)    Show leadership and that he is willing to make some sacrifices, as millions of Americans are forced to cut spending.

2)    A billion dollars could be saved by reducing unnecessary travel and other White House expenses; while this is a small amount in the scope of the federal budget, it is a huge amount to most Americans.

For more information about the $1.8 Billion Man visit http://www.taxpayertreasurehunt.com or http://www. johnfgroom.com

For more information about Attitude Media, visit http://www.attitudemedia.com

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