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patco

Village Chief
#1
This is an old article but apparently a U.S. President pays for stuff during his or her stay at the white house. Yaani you're paying to serve the people. Does Uhuru do the same, I wonder. With the huge gatherings at state house where he declares lunch for everyone he probably goes into his pocket to foot a few bills. The article appeared in the Guardian :

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Obama foots the bill for White House Thanksgiving


The president also pays for other basics – everything from toothpaste to dry cleaning

This article is 2 years old


Associated Press in Washington

Friday 28 November 2014 15.10 GMT

There’s no free lunch – or breakfast or dinner – for President Barack Obama onThanksgiving Day. Or any other day, for that matter.

He has to dig into his own pocket to pay for his holiday feast of turkey, ham, two kinds of stuffing, sweet and regular potatoes and six different kinds of pie. It’s a longstanding practice that a president pays for meals for himself, his family and personal guests.

Obama also pays for other basics – everything from toothpaste to dry cleaning.


That is a nice sweater. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo
Why is that?
Gary Walters, who was chief White House usher for many years, said the payment rule dates back to 1800 when the White House was first occupied by President John Adams and there was no staff. Presidents brought staff with them and paid for everything.

Congress gradually began spending money to maintain an official White House staff to oversee operations and maintenance, but presidents continued to pay for personal expenses.

What it boils down to, Walters said, is that the White House is first and foremost the president’s home.

“All those things that are personal in nature that we all pay for, the first family pays for,” he said.

What is excluded?
White House chefs who prepare the president’s meals are paid by the government.

For the budget year that ended 30 September, Congress gave the White House $19,000 to pay for official receptions and $12.7m to cover operating expenses for the residence, which may include entertainment. The cost of meals for some White House events, including state dinners and receptions, is picked up by the State Department or political parties.


First Lady Michelle Obama shops at Target. What a bargain. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP Photo
What else must the first family pay for?
Since presidents and first ladies can’t easily pop into the neighborhood drug store, a White House residence staff member will pick up things like toothpaste and deodorant during shopping runs and keep the bill for Obama.

Another cost is private parties, such as the 50th birthday bash Obama threw earlier this year for first lady Michelle Obama. For private events, presidents pay for food and beverages, use of waiters and servers and setup and cleanup crews. Taxpayers are only supposed to pay for official government functions.

How does it work?
The White House usher’s office prepares a detailed bill and sends a copy to the president and another to the first lady by mid-month. It is itemized to account for all the food and beverages consumed by the first family and personal guests, and includes invoices and receipts for those costs and other services.

Obama then reimburses the government.

“It’s just the tradition that it’s continued on through time that the president will pay for their own food and, I guess, if they needed something for the house that was personal. Toothpaste, cologne or whatever,” said William Bushong, chief historian at the White House Historical Association.

Has anyone ever complained about this?
The practice appeared to catch Nancy Reagan by surprise.

“Nobody had told us that the president and his wife are charged for every meal, as well as for such incidentals as dry cleaning, toothpaste and other toiletries,” she said shortly after she and President Ronald Reagan moved into the White House in January 1981.

Laura Bush knew about it – she’s the daughter-in-law of a president – but was still unprepared for some of the costs after becoming first lady in 2001.


One of the heftier expenses for the American first family? The first lady’s wardrobe, according to Laura Bush. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP
“I was amazed by the sheer number of designer clothes that I was expected to buy, like the women before me, to meet the fashion expectations for a first lady,” Mrs Bush wrote in her memoir. “After our first year in the White House, our accountant said to George (W Bush), ‘It costs a lot to be president,’ and he was referring mainly to my clothes.”

She also paid “with our own money” for someone to blow-dry her hair most mornings “just so I could try to avoid a bad hair day.”

What is Obama’s salary?
He gets $400,000 annually, plus a $50,000 allowance to help defray costs associated with carrying out his official duties.

What are some of Obama’s other personal expenses?
Mortgage on a home in Chicago, private-school tuition for his daughters.

What else does he get for free at the White House?
Rent, utilities, transportation, security, medical care.

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patco

Village Chief
#4


White House living not total free ride
By Kevin Liptak and Cassie Spodak, CNN



Updated 2321 GMT (0721 HKT) June 10, 2014





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  • Hillary Clinton's "dead broke" comment touched a nerve
  • The Clintons White House expenses exploded over legal fees
  • But there are some surprising expenses all first families incur
Hillary Clinton's assertion this week she and her husband left the White House"dead broke" left some Americans scratching their heads.
How, they wondered, could a family making six-figures, living rent free, and writing best-sellers possibly run out of cash?
As it turns out, being President doesn't necessarily come cheap.
While first families don't have to pay rent at the White House, they are responsible for personal costs that can multiply, especially if they spend the full eight years in that spotlight.


Room is free but there are some expenses for board at White House.


Former first lady Laura Bush was surprised by some expenses.
Former first lady Laura Bush wrote in her post-White House memoir that she was expected to pick up the tab for every meal she ate at the White House or the presidential Camp David retreat -- for her husband's two terms.
"The presidential room, as it were, is covered, but not the board," she wrote in her book, "Spoken from the Heart."
While first families aren't responsible for utility bills or a mortgage, "it is more than fair that they pay for personal items like every American household."
So traumatized was Laura Bush by the constant attention to her predecessors hair that she hired a stylist to give her a blow dry daily -- at her own expense.
Bush wrote that a bill came monthly, itemizing everything she and her family owed, including food, dry cleaning and hourly wages for waiters and cleanup crews at private parties.
"There were some costs that I was not prepared for," Bush wrote. "I was amazed by the sheer number of designer clothes that I was expected to buy, like the women before me, to meet the expectations for a first lady."
'Hard Choices': A book rollout or a campaign tune up?
The Clintons wouldn't be the first presidential couple to emerge from the White House in debt.
When he left office in 1825, James Monroe was deeply in debt.
It wasn't just dinner parties and designer dresses weighing down the Clintons financially. Enormous legal fees followed them after their departure in January 2001.
By the end of the previous year, the Clintons carried debt totaling somewhere between $2.28 million to $10.6 million.
But the red ink was taken care of pretty quickly. They both signed big book advances, and the former president raked in millions giving speeches.
Clinton tax return
By 2004 the Clintons had paid off all their legal fees.
It wasn't just speaking engagements boosting the Clinton's income. When a President leaves the White House he's still on the government payroll, receiving an annual pension of about $200,000, health care, paid official travel and an office.
Hillary Clinton Senate disclosure form
Rent for President Jimmy Carter's Atlanta office is $102,000 per year, according to 2010 figures compiled by the Congressional Research Service. President George H. W. Bush's Houston office costs $175,000 per year. President Bill Clinton's office in the pricey real estate market of New York City is $516,000.
He currently gets about $750,000 per speech.
 

patco

Village Chief
#5
That story that gov. Gakuru and his deputy were using borrowed and sometimes faulty vehicles paints a picture that sometimes wealth in politics is overrated. Take the likes of shikuku who died more or less poor.
 

Bigfish1

Village Elder
#6
You should pay for your expenses, you would have done so living in your own house.
Such is a foreign concept to many who think representing people entitles you to free things. Let' look at it this way, if you use public funds to take care of yourself ,doesn' that count as misuse ?
Aren' you eing paid a salary and an allowance for the job you begged people to vote you in for?
If we change our mentality of public office and how it should operate , may be Kenyans will realize thief worth and stop being taken for a ride by the elite and politicians .
 

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