So let me understand…….
The President has voluntarily cut his salary 5% and is returning it to the Government in solidarity with federal workers who face furlough. Let us look at the facts:
1. The President earns $400,000 annually. He lives in the White House where his rent, utilities, food and security are free. His residence and clothes are cleaned at no expense to him. His food and parties are prepared by White House Chefs at no expense to him. His travel is covered by the Federal Government.
2. 5% amounts to $20,000 annually of his $400,000 salary
3. As a side note, His Vice President, Joe Biden, and some of his Cabinet have delayed offering the 5% to see if any of their staff would be affected by the sequester cuts. This includes Eric Holder in the Justice Department.
4. The VP is offered a home but chooses to commute daily to Delaware, his home.
Do you really think the $20,000 salary reduction is meaningful? Or is it just a token show of support? Do you think the other Cabinet Members and the VP are justified in delaying the offer to return a small part of their salary?