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Obama Really Against Executive Perks? Give Up Air Force One

February 5, 2009

Even Donald Trump agrees with President Obama “100%” that there should be limits on executive pay and bonuses.

Tom Daschle gave new meaning to the term “Limousine Liberal.”

Now maybe we should have a government moritorioum on all those who turn in their excessive executive perks and goodies — their overpayments and bonuses by the tax deadline on April 15, 2009.

Maybe President Obama should give up his cool executive jet or his new limo, “The Beast.”

Air Force One over Mt. Rushmore.jpg

Here’s how Scott Mayerowitz of ABC sees this…. 

America’s CEOs are coming under fire these days not just for their hefty salaries but also for their use of private jets, limos with drivers and free trips to posh resorts.
But they aren’t alone in living this lavish lifestyle — the president of United States gets all these perks and more.

And unlike some of his Cabinet appointments, he doesn’t have to pay taxes on these benefits.

It might be a bit of a stretch to compare today’s corporate titans with the commander in chief, but some Wall Street bloggers clearly upset with President Obama’s attempts to rein in executive pay are doing just that.

“Some accountability needs to be put in place. We won’t have them kicking sand in the face of taxpayers any longer,” said one private equity worker on Dealbreaker.com, a Wall Street gossip site and blog.
 

Above: Donald Trump holds a driver. Photo: AP

Read the rest from ABC:
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/CEOProfi
les/Story?id=6806414&page=1

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In this photograph released by the White House, Air Force One ...

In this photograph released by the White House, Air Force One flies over the Statue of Liberty in New York, April 27, 2009.

(AP Photo/The White House)
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Bush makes surprise Iraq visit

December 14, 2008

President George W. Bush on Sunday made a farewell visit to Iraq, a place that defines his presidency, just 37 days before he hands the war off to a successor who has pledged to end it.

Air Force One, Bush’s distinctive powder blue-and-white jetliner, landed at Baghdad International Airport in the afternoon local time, after a secretive Saturday night departure from Washington and an 11-hour flight. In a sign of modest security gains in this war zone, Bush was welcomed with a formal arrival ceremony — a flourish that was not part of his previous three trips to Iraq.

U.S. President George W. Bush waves as he walks on the South ... 

By JENNIFER LOVEN, AP White House Correspondent

Bush planned a rapid-fire series of meetings with top Iraqi leaders, including Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. He and Bush were marking the recent security agreement between the two nations.

Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, said the agreement was “a remarkable document — unique in the Arab world because it was publicly debated, discussed and adopted by an elected parliament.”

Hadley said the trip “shows that we are moving into a different relationship … with Iraqis rightfully exercising greater sovereignty, we in an increasingly subordinate role.”

It was Bush’s last trip to the war zone before President-elect Barack Obama takes office Jan. 20. Bush’s most recent Iraq stop was over 15 months ago, in September 2007.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081214/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush