After the Oval Office: Too many perks?

  • Article by: Dale McFeatters , Scripps Howard News Service
  • Updated: March 28, 2013 - 12:21 PM

Do retired U.S. presidents need handouts?

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joneseagleMar. 27, 13 8:47 PM

Get used to it - presidents continue to live I guess

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farcicalMar. 27, 13 9:52 PM

This is a pittance and well worth the money. Aside from being able to serve as goodwill ambassadors throughout the world, EVERY former president receives the same daily security briefing as the sitting president. Why? So the person sitting in the Oval Office has at least 1-2 other people who shared his perspective/position and can occasionally conference with when desired. EVERY president has lost YEARS of health while on the job. Just look at before & after photos - they are striking.

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sunnyboyMar. 27, 1310:47 PM

That's a drop in the bucket to what the Obama's have spent on vacations while in office using tax payer dollars.

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falcon1681Mar. 27, 1311:01 PM

Look at the bright side, we won't spend much for Bush's travel budget. He's probably afraid to leave the country and no one really wants him in their country.

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smeeagain2Mar. 27, 1311:15 PM

Sunnyboy, please back up your snotty statement with facts and a comparison of the current expenditures with those from previous presidents.

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farcicalMar. 27, 1311:53 PM

Yeah, like the President ever gets a real vacation. It's one of, if not THE toughest "chosen" job (parenting is excluded - thanks Mom & Papa!) a person could have. Just remember that every time you see a cruise missile launch, you're watching $1.5 Million fly away to destroy something or someone. And EVERY soldier stationed in Afghanistan needs food, water, and fuel to be FLOWN in from sea-based supply ships. Not cheap, but VERY necessary.

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comment229Mar. 28, 13 5:33 AM

smeeagain2: thanks... you beat me to it...

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walterwhiteMar. 28, 13 6:45 AM

This is a drop in bucket because, there are so few former presidents. The real wasted money is the pensions and healthcare for former members of congress.

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owatonnabillMar. 28, 13 6:50 AM

"Ex-presidents receive an annual pension of $200,000, another $96,000 for staff, and the government picks up the cost of travel, office space, staff benefits and communications. The Secret Service protection that stays with them is covered under a separate budget." This does not seem exhorbitant, particularly in light of what the job does to the holders. This is no 8-to-5 gig: you're President 24/7/365 and this is reflected in how fast they age. Even Obama, fresh-faced as he was in '08 looks at least 10 years older. The Secret Service protection is essential as well (these guys would make some Middle-east fanatic group a tremendous hostage). As farcical points out, they're valuable goodwill ambassadors and potentially very important resources in other areas as well. This is money well spent.

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phatcatpatMar. 28, 13 7:54 AM

Our former presidents deserve every perk they get. On the other hand, many are making millions of dollars because they are former presidents. Pretty strange how now that they are in the 1% many people, including liberal presidents, are OK with giving them entitlements.

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