Lavish Pay Raises for Obama Staffers

Tait Trussell is a national award-winning writer, former vice-president of the American Enterprise Institute and former Washington correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.


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The White House staff is producing such spectacular achievements for the nation that the president gave his top people an average salary raise of 50 percent. Some nearly have doubled their pay.

The average new White House salary was $81,765; more than twice the $34,000 the average Joe or Jane makes if fortunate enough even to have a job in our depressingly uncertain economic environment.

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Anyone qualified to work in any White House must have some ability. But the generous compensation is taken from “suffering American taxpayers,” as the NewAmerican.com put it in a July 12 story. The raises were for the 2010-2011 year.

The 82 percent raise to $130,500 for the special assistant to the president for economic policy, Matthew Vogel, must be universally applauded. Any aide involved with economic policy surely is worthy of generous monetary recognition.  Who could possibly question whatever sound economic counsel Vogel must be providing to the president. He has helped hold the current interest on the national debt to a mere $386 billion for fiscal 2011. He must be one of Obama’s real belt-tighteners.

He couldn’t be as cold-hearted as, say, Jeffrey Immelt, head of the President’s Jobs Council, who laughed heartily with Obama when Obama admitted recently that there apparently weren’t as many shovel-ready jobs available as he once thought. If that isn’t good for a guffaw, what is?

When Obama first came into office, he froze the pay of his senior staff at $100,000. Maybe that amount of pay seemed frugal to him, even though millions of Americans had no pay at all.

Now when there is so much money in the federal Treasury and a national debt of only $14.3 trillion, Obama must feel he can spread the money around even at the White House, harking back to the time in his early campaigning when he told Joe the Plumber how he wanted to “spread the wealth around.”

And there’s the director of African media. Kevin Lewis, among the pay-hike recipients. His 86 percent salary boost to $78,000 certainly shows that although Obama billed himself as a “post-racial” president it may surprise some that there is even a need for a director of African American media. All races in the news media get the same twisted spin from the White House.  But the black vote is essential for re-election. So, the African American media certainly can’t be denied a “director” in the White House.

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  • davarino

    Well that figures. Let Rome burn while they live on easy street.

  • Rifleman

    And there's more of them too.

  • Dispozovdaburka

    Obama giving his staff a 50% raise.
    Now, THERE's a surprise.

    HIs ratings are so low that the Kenyans are saying he was born in the US.

    • coyote3

      I like that line, that is funny.

  • Ronald W. Carnine

    $82,000? I could live on that. Here I go again talking about being broke. Well, I live on $1500 a month with no benefits. I guess that's part of the President's stimulus program. I wish I could get me one of those gov't jobs. But then again, I would have to figure out how to spend the other $65,000!

    • trickyblain

      "Well, I live on $1500 a month with no benefits."

      Do you vote Republican? If so, why?

  • BLJ

    Look at Comrade O and the Mrs. They both hit the lotto when this tool became POTUS. They are set for life. They both make me want to puke (preferably in their faces).

    • trickyblain

      Yes. The "Lotto." Wow.

      You poor thing. Go in the bathroom (or possibly outhouse in your case). Look in the mirror (or a puddle by the outhouse), then vomit. There you'll find your real intended target.

      Psst…the Obamas would've been set for life anyway. On their own merit.

      Much better to inherit the Presidency, eh?

  • StephenD

    BLJ, He didn't need this to "hit the lotto." Remember he said his "grandmother gave up a dress she wanted so he could have a better life." That must have been a diamond studded dress! He gets to go to Columbia, Harvard, travel to Pakistan (when it was banned to American Citizens), Indonesia, and then buy a $1.6 M. house in Chicago all while having a salary of only $12K a year as a Community Organizer and then, as a Senator who gets funds appropriated to a certain hospital (where his wife works) whose efforts are rewarded with her getting a pay raise of $200K. Pretty good goings on. They didn't need to be POTUS for that. And the beat goes on.

    • mrbean

      And he never worked a day in his life and in reality, neither did his wife.

    • BLJ

      I know he and his annoying wife have been living the good life well before he became POTUS. It is their arrogance about being in the WH that gets to me. Neither one of these idiots is qualified to clean toliets.

      • Vermont Yid

        I disagree. They're both quite qualified to clean toilets. After all, most of what they say is pure zhit.

  • waterwillows

    You can't impoverish the people and go your merry way. They may think it is the short cut to bringing people under their control, but it is a bad idea.
    The Lord hates an unjust balance. When He 'hates' something, stay far from it. To be lavishly stuffing your own pockets, with so many seeing hard times is an unjust balance.
    An unjust balance will give you two things as companions; bad luck and no luck. They will never leave your side until the balance is righted.
    They have not chosen wisely.

    • trickyblain

      Spoken like a true communist!

      • waterwillows

        Let's see whose word will stand. Your's………or the Lord's.

        Don't shill your insults to me fella. That snake oil your selling will not be bought here.

        • trickyblain

          I love this website.

  • Anna Salerno

    OMG I want to vomit on barry hussein ovomit!!!

  • Jim_C

    Thanks, President Obama–your hard-working staff deserves every penny!

    • coyote3

      Not as much as the top earners, who pay most of the income tax, deserve to keep more of the pennies they earn.

  • Bryan

    If they work hard enough for a pay raise does that mean I work hard enough for a tax break?

  • trickyblain

    WH staffers, no matter the administration, usually put in very long hours and are highly educated. And they usually make far less in public service than the would in the private sector. Comparing their salary to the "average Joe" is kind of stupid. Plus, 82k per year ain't exactly going to buy you a Jetstream and mansion in DC.

    • FriendofGaryCooper

      You need to understand that Obama doesn't work hard at all. His day begins
      around 10 a.m. and ends about 4:30 p.m., with a long lunch break. Then think about
      all the vacations he's taken(at taxpayer expense), and all the time he's spent playing
      golf; and the retinue of 40 aides that Michelle Obama retains. And I would be very
      surprised if any WH staffers of the current administration put in "Very long hours."
      You also need to understand that since Obama has virtually destroyed the private
      sector, that not many companies can afford to pay the highly educated salaries that
      they once received. 82 K per year is a very good living, thank you.

      • trickyblain

        How do you know his schedule? According to him, he works a bit more than that.

        82k?

        Meh.

        Guess it depends where you live.

    • coyote3

      WH staffers, "highly educated", Bravo Sierra that one. They chose that job, no one forced them. I know a sector of the public service that also "chose" the job, but make a lot less, put in just as many hours, and get no bonus whatsoever. That said, I have problem with people in the public sector receiving bonuses to begin with, and I spent a career there. I suppose bonuses can be tolerated under normal or good conditions. However, it doesn't sound too good to be giving bonuses in the public sector during a depression.

  • effemall

    Every conceivable ill one can think of, he has brought to all of us. He is not only damaging America as no previous politician has but through his prejudice he is setting back American race relations to the 1940s. It will be difficult for even the most qualified black person to win any election to any office for years to come. It would be such a blessing if he could be impeached long before we can vote him out.

    • trickyblain

      "Every conceivable ill one can think of, he has brought to all of us."
      Name one. Be specific and factual in terms of actual polices that are hurting you.

  • Lee Raines

    I have lived 84 years (and you can calculate the number of four year presidential terms that figure equals. This man is by far the worst I have ever known. My childrfen, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will pay enormously, in many ways, for what this man has done to our nation. America had better wake up! And very soon.

    • BILLY LUTZ

      Hey Lee congratulations on your longevity. Your are blaming the wrong president. you must have been in a coma for the 8 years of George W. Bush's presidency.

  • Uplifting America

    Lee r. I voted a down thumb for you. Darn it I clicked the wrong thumb! I can't believe we have such idiots in America. Then again…Really people stop dumbing down responses.

  • Ronald W. Carnine

    turkeyblaine, so they put in a lot of hrs. and deserve a raise. I was a hard working police officer and lost a leg and a bunch of other stuff as well. I don't care if Obama's staff work long hrs or something else. Going to meetings and drinking coffee isn't the same as hitting the streets and being injured so badly that you lose a limb and your job. Then you have to retire and fight the results of a catastrophic injury. All for $1500 a month and no health insurance. Even in all the years I worked as a cop no one ever said "you work too hard, I think we'll double your salary". Give me a break!

    • trickyblain

      Hey, I'm on your side. I think it's unforgiveable that a public servant injured in the line of duty and permently disabled has no health coverage. I, for one, am completely willing to pay a few extra bucks in taxes to help cover this.

      • coyote3

        That is very admirable of you. You can donate your money however you please.

    • coyote3

      Of course they didn't, and I am going to run a risk here, but I bet you didn't expect them to do so either. You knew the game going in, just like I did.

  • effemall

    When men see the end coming, they grab at everything they can for themselves, their families and their friends. He is finally seeing the light and it's not at the end of a tunnel. It's from that lit firecracker he has helped stick up his own rear.

  • W.A.

    I AM REALLY ASHAMED OF THE KKK. WHERE ARE THEY WHEN YOU NEED THEM, AND WE REALLY NEED THEM NOW. BEFORE OBAMA MAMA GIVES IT ALL AWAY

    • coyote3

      Notwithstanding the temptation, do you REALLY want Joe Biden as president?

  • Wally

    The affirmative action chicken has come home to roost… Americans should not have tolerated all the diversity nonsense but were too passive. And now that the country is almost irreversibly destroyed, they still do nothing…

  • blueiris

    Hah! Wait until his birthday August 3 is it??
    I wonder where, and who's the entertainer?

  • MaoYing

    If you think lavish pay raises for staffers is questionable, how about the TRILLIONS and TRILLIONS of dollars the Obama Administration has given solely to "black minority contractors"? Check out this article–
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pag

    Maybe, some of those TRILLIONS could have helped out Social Security.

    • bill

      umm? That is utter nonsense.

      • MaoYing

        hmmm. No it isn't. I mean read the frickin article. Hey there big guy–maybe the United States should send more money Africa now. Don't you think its time for Africa now?—

  • Ima Merican

    This is the best President Oprah could buy.

  • Bill

    According to Repubilcans, people who are paid 10 times this are middle class schlubs just like me. The money to run our country and create jobs went to tax cuts for millionaires, not thousandaires.

  • Alexander Ruge

    Pay raise? . . . I just wish I was getting paid period. Just goes to show it's not what you know but who you know.

  • k pete

    Thank God someone raised the minium wage, had not been done in almost 10 years

  • BILLY LUTZ

    David this whole raise thing is a lie there has been no pay raises the staffers that they say got BIG pay Raises was all job promotions with a new job title like Matthew Vogel his new job title is Special Assistant To The President For Economic Policy. Different job title more money this is not A raise it is a promotion. There is 19 other staffers that got promotions also.