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

John F. Groom
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Book Description

When President Barack Obama took First Lady Michelle Obama for a "date night" to New York City for dinner and a show, the tab cost American taxpayers $1 million.

Expensive date? Not really. After all, the Obama family spends about $9 million in taxpayer funds every year on their annual vacation to Hawaii, and it costs $711,000 for each night spent at Camp David.

But these charges are just a drop in the bucket. In total, Barack Obama has spent about $1.4 billion in household expenses each year since he became president, and this figure does NOT include the cost of running the White House’s policy operations – doing the job he was elected to perform.

The Obama White House is the most fiscally irresponsible in the history of the US presidency. In this scorching indictment of the spending habits of Barack Obama and his administration, author John F. Groom documents the president’s extravagant disregard for the value of taxpayers' money.

It's an arena of unfathomable excess and waste.

While Obama positions himself as a champion of the middle class and foe of Wall Street, the fact is that he lives a taxpayer-funded lifestyle that few if any moguls could afford. He is at the very top 1% of the 1%.

Obama promised “a new era of openness in government" when he came into office, but his own expenses are shrouded from public discovery, spread among numerous non-White House budget accounts, particularly under the Department of Defense.

In The 1.4 Billion Dollar Man: Costs of the Obama White House, Groom shines a floodlight on the first family's staggering household budget.

Extensively documented, Groom's disturbing exposé presents original research and analysis of data from federal budget documents, reports to Congress, independent investigations, scores of news service reports and information obtained directly from sources within the White House.

This is the only current study of its type and the first broad compilation of presidential household expense data in the Obama era.

Among the many cost centers Groom discloses, expenses incurred each year by US taxpayers include:

- First family's vacations: $20 million.

- Health care: $7 million.

- Unreimbursed campaign expenses: $311 million.

- Salary costs for military employees and presidential airlift squadron: $228 million.

- And as part of the ongoing boondoggle of presidential travel - the helicopter fleet: $300 million. (Over $3.3 billion was spent designing a new presidential helicopter fleet, which Obama canceled; the helicopters already built were sold to Canada for $154 million.)

America's founding may have signaled a break from the traditions of royalty, but President Obama's household expenses far exceed those of the last remaining monarchies: The British royal family received less than $50 million in taxpayer funds in 2011, an amount that would keep the Obama White House running for about nine days.

Of course, the exaltation of his office is not solely the result of Obama's grandiose self-image. The president's transformation from first citizen to celebrity-in-chief is one for which the American public shares responsibility.

We must reform the US presidency. The president can have the resources necessary to do his or her job - and in fact do a better job - without squandering taxpayers' money on a royal lifestyle.

In The 1.4 Billion Dollar Man, you'll learn how we can fix this dismal state of affairs, return integrity to the office of the president and send the message throughout our government that wasteful, ostentatious spending will not be tolerated.

Our government is insolvent. Something has to change. That change needs to start at the top.

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  • Publisher: Attitude Media (September 18, 2012)
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Full of Factual Falsehoods 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
5.0 out of 5 stars All should read April 4, 2013
By R!ck
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars The eleventh review 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
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Good to be The King. 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Slanted View December 4, 2012
By Ranto
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Cancelled Order 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Obama is the best! 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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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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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More About the Author

John F. Groom is best known as the publisher of the 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 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 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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