- File Size: 1474 KB
- Print Length: 133 pages
- Publisher: Attitude Media (September 18, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 18, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009DQLKQU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The 1.4 Billion Dollar Man: Costs of the Obama White House Kindle Edition
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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."
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!
Um -- no. He ignores those points, because it doesn't fit his ideology.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A quick Google search debunks this "book". It leaves out anything that does not support the author's hateful views.
It is nothing more than right wing paranoia peddling. Read more
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.Published on March 11, 2013 by CometoCle!
This book is extensively sourced and hard to argue with unless you have political blinders on. While it is clear that the Obama's are living better than kings on the American... Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by D. Buxman
The $1.4 billion dollar man contains a lot of surprises, the one that is most surprising perhaps is the lack of a clear budget for the Executive Office - its all hidden in the... Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by Do a 180.
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