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Obamas report $2.7 million in income for 2008

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    By Sharon Theimer, Associated Press Writer – 42 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, millionaires from his best-selling books, made $2.7 million last year and paid just under one-third of their adjusted income in federal taxes. While the income, mostly his, was far more than the U.S. median household income of about $50,000, it was quite a decrease from the $4.2 million the Obamas made in 2007.

    Both years, nearly all of the earnings came from Obama's best-selling books. "Dreams from My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope" — brought in about $2.5 million in royalties last year, according to copies of the returns released by the White House on Wednesday, the federal filing deadline.

    Obama earned $139,204 as a Democratic senator from Illinois last year before leaving his seat after winning the November election. Michelle Obama received a salary of $62,709 from the University of Chicago Hospitals, where she was an executive.

    The couple's total federal tax came to $855,323. That was 32 percent of their adjusted gross income of $2,656,902.

    The Obamas overpaid by $26,014, and elected to apply that amount to their 2009 taxes.

    The couple's federal tax deductions included about $50,000 in home mortgage interest. Their expenses also included $47,488 to send their two daughters to the University of Chicago's elementary school.

    They reported contributing $172,050 to charity last year, including $25,000 each to the CARE international relief agency and the United Negro College Fund. That $172,050 represented about 6.5 percent of the family's adjusted gross income. That percentage is roughly two to three times the national average for household donations to charity, according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

    The Obamas gave a total of $1,400 to five churches. In contrast to 2007, they gave nothing to the Trinity United Church of Christ. Barack Obama was a longtime member of the church, and gave it $26,270 in 2007, but resigned from it and cut ties with its pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, after Wright made incendiary comments that became a campaign issue.

    The Obamas' total Illinois income tax was $78,765, their state return showed.

    The White House also released Vice President Joe Biden's tax returns. Biden and his wife, Jill, earned $269,256 last year.

    The Bidens' main sources of income were salaries from the Senate, Widener University, Delaware Technical & Community College and royalties from the audio rights to the vice president's memoir, "Promises to Keep."

    According to tax returns released by the vice president's office, the Bidens paid $46,952 in federal income taxes and $11,164 in Delaware state income taxes. They donated $1,885 to charity.

    "The charitable donations claimed by the Bidens on their tax returns are not the sum of their annual contributions to charity," a White House statement said. "They donate to their church, and they contribute to their favorite causes with their time, as well as their checkbooks."

    Biden served in the Senate from 1973 until Jan. 15 of this year.

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    Associated Press writer Pete Yost contributed to this report.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090416/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_tax_returns
  2. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    Well that certainly isn't true. He may have been given that much, but he sure as hell didn't earn it.
  3. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    Yup, He is very generous to the poor with other peoples money but according his released financial statements,

    the president earned 2.7 Million dollars last year. Of which they reported contributing $172,050 to charity last year, including $25,000 each to the CARE international relief agency and the United Negro College Fund.
    They gave a total of $1,400 to five churches

    Which if my math is correct is about .6%


    It would appear they are for spreading the wealth as long as it isn't their own.


    Hypocrisy at it's finest!


    Don't even think that Biden will set a better example of their share the wealth campaign.
  4. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    They believe in sharing OUR wealth not their own. :D
  5. Vintage

    Vintage The Cult of Jib

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    Its 6%. Not .6%

    If you want to bash Obama, fine.

    But to make **** up to prove a point.... wow.... I thought only "libs" did that. ROFL. Epic fail.
  6. DIAF

    DIAF DivaLover159

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    lol, i just noticed this. Like someone just said, you might wanna check your calculator again, chief. I think it might be broken!
  7. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Actually, if you go by the original article posted, it's 6.5%

    But yes, I'd call Signal's post a fail..
  8. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    It's not.
  9. negativeeddy

    negativeeddy New Member

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    or its 6.5% + 32% in federal taxes = 38.8% because in his philosophy its the governments job to distribute the money not the individual. So he can consider his taxes a charitable contribution as well. He just doesnt choose who it goes to - oh wait, he does now!
  10. Vintage

    Vintage The Cult of Jib

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    I was just using his numbers... and it came out to be 6.3 something percent IIRC.

    I assumed he "rounded" down to 6.0%. Or rather, rounded down to ".6%."

    That's where I got the 6% from.
  11. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    I know. I was backing you up..
  12. Vintage

    Vintage The Cult of Jib

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    Yeah, I know. I was just commenting on where I got the 6% versus the 6.5% the article mentioned.

    :)
  13. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives.

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    Good for him, a lot of people don't give to charities at all.

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