"Obama family 'costs taxpayers $1.4BILLION per year'," Even Obama's dog costs over $100,000 a year, expenses exploited for political ends

Could Obama cut government costs by setting an example and trimming his own waste?  From the UK Daily Mail:
. . . Barack Obama and his family cost the taxpayer $1.4billion per year, according to a recently published book. 
By contrast, the British Royal Family costs less than $60million each year. . . .  
Two of the principal costs of the the Obama presidency - and any other presidency - are staffing and security, according to Robert Keith Gray's book Presidential Perks Gone Royal. 
When it comes to keeping the First Family safe, few would dispute that it is worth paying a high price to keep the President safe from harm. . . . 
Moreover, much of the money spent on Mr Obama's family goes to perks such as entertainment and household expenses. 
For example, the White House contains a movie theatre which is manned by projectionists 24 hours a day in case one of the family feels like a trip to the cinema. . . . .



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