Thursday May 7, 2009 05:49
Obama picks up the tab
CNN reported that President Obama recently ate in a restaurant and the owner didnâ€™t know whether he should even charge the Commander-In-Chief. But the President whipped out his Visa and paid for his meal.
It was the right thing to do. Why shouldnâ€™t he pay for his meal? As our president, Barack Obama draws a $400,000 annual salary and he and his wife Michelle filed taxes for a combined $2.7 million income in 2008.
So of course, he can pick up his own tab.
I donâ€™t understand why the restaurant owner hesitated to charge the President. Iâ€™m sure his business has slowed down like most other restaurants in this current recession, and I doubt the restaurant owner is worth millions of dollars like Mr. Obama.
Now, Iâ€™m not coming down on the President. After all, he paid his bill.
I just donâ€™t understand why politicians, celebrities and athletes get a free pass. They make more money than any of us, so why shouldnâ€™t they pay? They already get waited on hand-and-foot in their occupations. President Obama has his own chefs in the White House, and celebrities and athletes get catered and buffet meals while on the job. So when theyâ€™re off work, they should pay like the rest of us.
Iâ€™m sure you can agree that it is not fair for someone on a fixed five-figure income to have to pay for his or her meal and for their kids meals while a wealthy politician, celebrity or athlete gets to eat for free. What do the rich need to save their money for —another expensive car, mega house or yacht?
President Obama deserves a pat on the back for setting a good example for his peers.
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