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Subject: U.S. President Expenses
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: icefroggy6-ga
List Price: $3.50
Posted: 09 May 2006 10:51 PDT
Expires: 08 Jun 2006 10:51 PDT
Question ID: 726988
Does the United States President have any expenses associated with
cost of living, such as rent or food, or are those expenses paid for by taxpayers?

Please provide sources. Thank you.
Subject: Re: U.S. President Expenses
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 09 May 2006 11:45 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear icefroggy6-ga;

Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. The
answer is both yes and no. The President pays for some personal
expenses but ?how? he pays for it and whose purse it comes out of is
determined by what the need is:

?Presidential Food Service provides worldwide food service, security,
and personal support to the President and First Family. Additionally,
they provide gourmet meals and support catered functions and Social
Aide Dinners for visiting Heads-of-State. Presidential Food Service
operates the White House Mess Executive dining rooms, provides a
carryout service, and provides complete catering coordination to the
White House complex. They also provide logistics coordination for
White House Mess personnel and valet services for Presidential trips
and events.?

Does the president get an expense account?

?Yes. Since 1949 a $50,000 annual expense account for official
purposes has been provided. Although the president's salary is
taxable, this expense account isn't. Since the president doesn't need
cab fare, it most commonly gets used to host meetings that don't fall
within the budget of another federal department or agency. The unused
portion is returned to the Treasury Department.?

Does the president pay for his own personal expenses?

?Yes. If the president asks for doughnuts in the private quarters,
he's supposed to pick up the tab as he is for his dry cleaning and
other personal needs.?


Currently, President Bush?s salary and perks (at taxpayers? expense)
looks like this:

$400,000; $50,000 expense account; $100,000 nontaxable for travel;
$19,000 official entertainment account; free housing


So, in short, if the President wants a hamburger he has to buy it
himself. If he eats it on the way to an official meeting or shares it
with the President of China, it?s a business expense and WE pay pick
up the tab. If he wants an umbrella because it?s raining he needs to
buy it himself; but if he needs an umbrella because he?s going to the
Amazon to meet with a pygmy witchdoctor about saving the rain forest
from acid rain, it?s a business expense and WE pay for that.


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icefroggy6-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
Everything I ever wanted to know and very, very quick. Thank you kindly.

Subject: Re: U.S. President Expenses
From: onenonblonde-ga on 09 May 2006 15:23 PDT
Both Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush noted in thier memoirs that they
received a monthly bill for the food purchased for the private

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