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The 1.4 Billion Dollar Man: Costs of the Obama White House Kindle Edition

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John F. Groom is best known as the publisher of the AttitudeMedia.com website, a large and diverse media portal. Attitude Media includes, among much else, Groom's "Living Sanely" series of books: Living Sanely in an Insane World; Life Changing Advice from People You Should Know; and From Tragedy to Triumph: 100 Amazing Comebacks.

John has written about a wide variety of topics for Internet sites and print publications. In describing his varied work, The Boston Globe said, "John Groom understands that man's nature is contradictory." Playboy magazine has called his essays "entertaining", while Netscape's Netcenter has said that Groom's writing "can brighten even the dullest day." CNNfn says: "Success caught Groom by surprise, but sometimes even journalists find it satisfying to learn that nice guys can finish first."

One of the channels within AttitudeMedia.com is Positive Press, full of upbeat, inspirational stories and quotes. In a feature article about Positive Press, Reuters news service said, "Groom chooses bounce back stories, stories of quiet heroism." Other publicity for Positive Press has included CNN Headline News, Canadian National Radio, USA Today, Yahoo, Norwegian Broadcasting Network, Australian Online, Daily Telegraph Online, Popular Science Magazine, Web TV, Editor and Publisher, Men's Health, Internet World, Net Guide, Web Magazine, and many others.

Taking a different point of view, the Outrage channel on AttitudeMedia.com has been described by Web Magazine as "A brilliant use of the web."

Groom's print essays have been published in The Washington Post and many other print publications. His most recent TV interview was on Fox News.

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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 4, 2013
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With every so-called fact that I came accross in this book, a simple Google search turned up additional data that the author ignored in developing this book. For instance, the $3 Billion helicopter fleet statement: In 2006 (Bush Administration!) the Marine Corp began a program to develop a fleet of 23 newly designed "Marine One" helicopters, complete with full command and control capabilities, at an estimated cost of $6.7 Billion. This program was cancelled in 2009 by the Obama administration due to extensive military-directed "mission creep" cost over-runs and the need for budget control during a time of recession.

The author's White House budget figures are full of assumptions and wild estimates with no real documentation. 40% of this expenditure item plus 30% of that expenditure item, plus part of the military budget plus part of this and part of that and...etc. The author then goes on to attempt making the figures seem valid by saying he is probably underestimating them and that they probably are a lot higher.

It's not as though the real costs would be different if someone else had won the election, but that seems lost on the author. The author put out another book about President Obama in 2010 calling him "The 1.8 Billion Dollar Man." Wouldn't that mean this new book is really about a 22.22% White House cost reduction? Or did he mis-underestimate?

If you really want a thought-provoking, scary, factually based book about the White House, try John W. Dean's "Worse Than Watergate."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R!ck on April 4, 2013
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This book is very informative. The costs associated with running the White House are broken down to their most basic levels. Anyone looking to better understand the spending of the White House need look no further than this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bender on March 21, 2013
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I think the book is good and bad, thus the (first) average review. The five 5-star reviews and the five 1-star reviews almost sum up what politics and discussions about politics has become, doesn't it?

Anyway, the bad is that the book is full of exaggerations, errors and egg-headedness, so factually it is worthless.

The good is that it indirectly makes the point that we spend too much on security, defense, and fear-inspired imaginings. For such a macho and religious nation, we sure seem to be scared of a lot!

That's it. Now please continue with the five-star and one-star reviews!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rush1313 on March 7, 2014
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No royal monarch in the history of the world has ever led a more pampered, luxurious existence than the President of the United States during the period from 2008-->2016 (and perhaps even beyond). If you want to make yourself mad by reading a book, this is a great choice. It really brought it home that the President is NOT a Public Servant. While the White House is spotlighted here, it is only ONE majestic dwelling in an entire CITY ruled over by The Gilded Elite.
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22 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ranto on December 4, 2012
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Does the author point out that the costs of this administration are a 12.5% decrease over those of the Bush administration? Does he point out that W spent five times as much on vacations as Obama, and that Reagan spent twice as much time away from the WH as Obama?

Um -- no. He ignores those points, because it doesn't fit his ideology.
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By Paul Zdunek on August 19, 2013
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Cannot comment on the read because the order was cancelled. I cancelled because, I had too many other books shipped and would have had quite some time before actually reading the book. However, I had ordered other books from this source and the shipping and price were excellent.
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By CometoCle! on March 11, 2013
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Does this book answer the question about how much upkeep was for prior presidents and does it factor in the rate of inflation? The answer is no because this is the worst book ever.
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(Excepts from my full review originally published at Wonkette (March 17, 2013)

Make no mistake about it: this e-book is one terrible little waste of electrons. We mourn for the senseless slaughter of ones and zeroes that otherwise could have gone into a video of a cat jumping into a box.

At its heart, The $1.4 Billion Man is Uppity Obama Porn, that genre of polemic that portrays the president as living far beyond any rational standard of decency, both because Times Are Hard and because Who Do Those People Think They Are? Predictably, Groom compares the Obamas to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, because instead of doing something to help average Americans (you know, like heading off a new Depression or reforming health care), the President in this alternate reality does nothing but play golf all the time while his wife goes on one exotic vacation after another.

Groom cribs a lot of his information, including the estimate that Obama's White House cost $1.4 billion in 2011, from another entry in the 2012 Uppity Obama Porn category, Robert Keith Gray's Presidential Perks Gone Royal: Your Taxes Are Being Used For Obama's Re-election. And while that price tag makes for some nice whining in blog headlines about how "Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on the Obama family's lavish lifestyle," it's also pretty much a crock.

Obviously, the figure invites people to conflate the ordinary expenses of running the White House with the supposedly extravagant habits of the Obamas, as if the total cost of vacations and golf outings came to $1.4 billion.
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