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White House Won’t Confirm Obama’s Sequester Pay Cut

White House Won’t Confirm Obama’s Sequester Pay Cut

All Obama promises come with an expiration date.

When Obama was claiming the sequester would be disastrous, he said he’d take a cut in pay.

Did he? No one seems to know.

Ellison Barber of the Washington Free Beacon provided an update yesterday…

Ellison Barber: WH Won’t Say if President Took Pay Cut Like He Promised

Staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon Ellison Barber was interviewed today on Fox News about a report from the WFB’s Elizabeth Harrington calling into question whether President Obama followed through on his promise to return five percent of his salary.

Obama and several other officials and Congressional leaders including Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.), and Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) all promised to return a portion their salaries in line with the sequester cuts.

Barber said by that metric President Obama owes about $20,000. The White House has so far refused to confirm whether the president has actually written a $20,000 check to the Treasury.

More broadly, there is no evidence thus far any of the aforementioned public officials have followed through on their promises to part of their salary.

Here’s the video.

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Although the whole thing was a stunt from the word go, I’d strangely feel comforted if our leadership actually followed through with their promises just this once, as a sign that perhaps there might sometimes be some truth in what they say. I’m afraid that, in the absence of a functioning free press, there is zero accountability to the voting public.

Living in a declining republic isn’t as fun as I thought it would be.

What a shock.

Obama made a feel-good promise he had no intention of ever going through with.

What’s that make it, lie #500?

Juba Doobai! | May 21, 2014 at 10:58 am

Obama lying about something? I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you! Stunned! Shocked!

GlobalTrvlr | May 21, 2014 at 10:58 am

Can’t that be ascertained from the tax returns? Or not enough granularity?

Phillep Harding | May 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm

“Begich”, eh? Should I bother to see if he actually did as he promised?

PersonFromPorlock | May 21, 2014 at 5:26 pm

This shouldn’t be a problem for the Republicans, all they have to do is treat it as fact that Obama never took a pay cut, and let the Democrats confirm by refusing to deny, or to provide proof if they do deny.

I’m sure that as soon as Boehner sees this here he’ll get right on it.

JackRussellTerrierist | May 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm

If obastard had cut a check for $20k to the IRS re sequester, it would be all over the news.

He didn’t do it; he never will.

It’s not as if he spends his salary on any of his personal expenses anyway. All of that is separately paid for by the government in addition to his salary.