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America's royal presidency

May 6, 2013

What can you buy for $1.4 billion a year? You can buy the most luxurious and costly royal presidency in history. Taxpayers spent $1....

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MrShaman

May-06-13 5:26 AM

"Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks." - Bud Casselberry

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How "odd" you "forgot" to mention that author's name. I guess he/she has been the last-to-hear about how "exceptional" Countries generate "exceptional" expenses...right-down-to (and, including) perpetual-flights, from D.C. to a hog-farm in Texas.

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Tgrammiex4

May-06-13 5:33 AM

Mr. Casselberry, without stating the title and author of the book you will get ripped to shreds in here.

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gavinf56

May-06-13 5:44 AM

I would suspect the book is this one, “Presidential Perks Gone Royal” by Robert Keith Gray. It is very likely the SG edited that information out.

I also found it interesting that the letter very closely matches the Daily Caller interview/article with the author.

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Ritty77

May-06-13 5:54 AM

Spending other people's money comes naturally to some. They feel entitled.

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ToTEXASfromPA

May-06-13 6:25 AM

Bbbbbbut Barack cares for people, for the poor people! Listen to his sweet words!

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MrShaman

May-06-13 8:02 AM

"Mr. Casselberry, without stating the title and author of the book you will get ripped to shreds in here." - Tgrammiex4

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More details....whatta concept, huh?

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CMReeder

May-06-13 8:03 AM

You do realize that those perks go to anyone who is president even a republican. Just image someone as rich as Romney getting all those perks for him and his large brood, it would be a much bigger bill.

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MrShaman

May-06-13 8:07 AM

"I would suspect the book is this one, “Presidential Perks Gone Royal” by Robert Keith Gray. It is very likely the SG edited that information out." - gavinf56

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Yeah...I'd assume AS much...regarding the SG.

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"In 1967, Gray joined the 50-person committee responsible for charting Richard Nixon's path to the White House.

After serving as deputy director of the Reagan-Bush presidential campaign, in 1980, Gray became Reagan's first appointment as president when Gray was named co-chairman of Ronald Reagan’s Presidential inauguration."

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CMReeder

May-06-13 8:15 AM

You know if we had Romney as President his 5 strapping boys would be his Secret Service detail and all those cars he owns could be his presidential car pool. He has his own jet so we don't need Air Force One. I'm sure they could enlist all the grandkids to do maintenance at the White House and conduct the tours. With all the money romeny makes I'm sure he would forgo the salary a President makes. Since the NRA is so close to him I'm sure they could fill in the gaps. I'm also sure the Mormon community would pitch in for free to fill any government post that super Romney could not handle. As we all know the only advisor Romney needs is Anne. If only he was President we would have such a bargin basement President.

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Darlin

May-06-13 8:26 AM

Excellent letter Bud. The loonylefties are at it again. What if Romney, blah blah blah. Facts are facts and they can't defent this greedy scum that is occupying the WH. Wife flying all over the world with all her caretakers. More golf outings for our campaigner in chief who does nothing but go around blaming republicans for all the problems in this country when in fact, everything that is wrong today is from his failed policies. He distances himself from everything blaming Repubs for it all. He has done nothing but blame everyone else and spend our money. So glad he got voted back in for 4 more years of R and R

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Tgrammiex4

May-06-13 8:29 AM

Wow Mr. Reeder, are the voices in your head telling you all this stuff?

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CarlHiller

May-06-13 9:00 AM

While I am no Obama supporter and believe him to be the worst of the worst, trying to frame this in a partisan manner simply doesn’t fit with the facts. Due to the manner in which Congress has abdicated power, and the people have allowed this abdication, the increase in the power of the Presidency has lent the office a royal air, something the Founders fought against. Bush spent more, $1.6 billion, in 2008 than Obama spent last year. If you adjust for inflation which must be done to keep an apples to apples comparison, Bush spent over $1.7 billion. There is a legitimate argument that our Presidents live far too deeply in the lap of luxury, and too much into the bubble of pampered privilege to know what us common-folk need to prosper. And for those who want to know the budget for Air Force One is a classified budget item, no member off the public truly knows the cost.

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CMReeder

May-06-13 9:10 AM

Darlin the letter is lunacy and I was poking fun at with a Romney style Presidency.

But conservatives don't see the reality only that it is just another way to hate Obama.

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CMReeder

May-06-13 9:17 AM

Carl that 'bubble' and so called 'lap of luxury' goes all the way back to assassination of Kennedy and subsequent threats perpetuate at past Presidents since Kennedy. Tighter and tighter security for the residence of the WH and when they are not in it. Where their evey move is monitored. It isn't just Obama righties it is anyone who occupies the WH.

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SteelerFan

May-06-13 9:21 AM

The letter is far from lunacy. The Libs only like their own 'facts'. It didn't take them long to try and divert attention to Bush and Romney.

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JohnZook

May-06-13 9:23 AM

Reeder @8:15- What? No reference to Bush? Now it's Romney. Yes I'll take a Mormon in the White House over a Commie. Hopefully he won't have her mother living with them. And we know Michelle is actually running things. Nice touch throwing the NRA in there. Of course, the union bosses are nothing compared to the NRA when getting to face time with the President. Right? Especially with 12% of the country's workers as union members. That's just a bit more than the LGBT community (5%) who gets headlines whenever someone "comes out". How brave!!!! Throw in the Muslim Brotherhood telling us how to run the country and you've got government-gone-wild. No wonder he has so much time to vacation and play golf- "someone else" is running the country. And we know how much the First Lady loves Washington D.C. Yes, Romney would have brought his own brand of "Hope & Change" to D.C. but I trust he would not be trying to take away our rights.

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FortySixand2

May-06-13 9:30 AM

Hey Bud, why hide behind anything? Just come right out and say you don't like the uppity ****** sucking up your tax dollars! You racist cons are also cowards by not just coming out with your feelings, instead you hide them through the use of word salads. Thank God you degenerates are quickly dying off. The world will be a much better place without you.

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JohnZook

May-06-13 9:31 AM

Carl- I hear next to nothing from the Dems in Congress that challenge the Presidents' policies. I can't believe that these people, most of whom are from my generation, can stand by and let their own country be torn down. Ideology rules on both sides of the aisle except for a few. This President has proven that you don't have to govern, you can constantly campaign and profess to try to fix your own policies and blame the other side for your own failures.

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CarlHiller

May-06-13 9:40 AM

SteelerFan - I am no Lib. Facts are facts and many times very hard for weak-minded to believe and digest.

CMReeder - I understand that a portion of this can be directly attributed to the Kennedy assassination and the security of the President and his detail. But there is also much which is not, and we can always trim the fat.

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SteelerFan

May-06-13 9:46 AM

'You racist cons are also cowards by not just coming out with your feelings, instead you hide them through the use of word salads.

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. OOPS, used the word 'black', I must be a racist bigot!!!

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fromtheport

May-06-13 9:49 AM

@fortysixand2 why because people dont like oboma you automatically think their racist, its people like you that idiots like obama keep getting elected, because everytime someone opposes him they are considered racist, and that is a career ender, it is better to lose and keep your job rather then oppose him and never hold a job because your labeled as a racist. So why dont I just come out and say it. If obama was white that stupid idiot would never have won because he is exactly that a worthless idiot that overspends and says and does stupid stuff just like a lot of others that would never make it. but at least if he was white, everytime he messed up we could appropiately critize him without racist people like yourself calling the race card to protect yourself from messing up. White or black Obama was probably thee worst president, stop hiding behind the racecard and man up.

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SteelerFan

May-06-13 9:52 AM

Carl, I'm on your side here. Sorry for any misinterpretation. Chuck called the letter 'lunacy'. I disagree with him, as usual.

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Bufftrev1

May-06-13 9:56 AM

Poignant comment, forty six..

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CarlHiller

May-06-13 9:57 AM

"why because people don't like oboma you automatically think their racist," They cannot attack based on facts only on innuendo, and anything race related is a killer, they know this because of the so-called white guilt. The object is not to fall victim to the hyper-partisanship, race-baiting, thuggish Alinskyite tactics.

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fromtheport

May-06-13 9:58 AM

@fortysixand2 why because people dont like oboma you automatically think their racist, its people like you that idiots like obama keep getting elected, because everytime someone opposes him they are considered racist, and that is a career ender, it is better to lose and keep your job rather then oppose him and never hold a job because your labeled as a racist. So why dont I just come out and say it. If obama was white that stupid idiot would never have won because he is exactly that a worthless idiot that overspends and says and does stupid stuff just like a lot of others that would never make it. but at least if he was white, everytime he messed up we could appropiately critize him without racist people like yourself calling the race card to protect yourself from messing up. White or black Obama was probably thee worst president, stop hiding behind the racecard and man up.

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