And this is after 15 jobs were left vacant.
(NY Post) — Many Americans are suffering under the ailing economy — but not those lucky enough to be on President Obama’s executive staff.
Turns out the 454 people on the White House staff were paid a total of $37,121,463 this year.
Yes, that’s 15 fewer staffers and $1.7 million less than taxpayers shelled out for the president’s workforce last year.
But it’s seven bodies more than the White House employed during the last year of George W. Bush’s term — and at a cost of nearly $4 million, or 13%, more.
No wonder the Obama folks tried to bury the news late on a Friday this month: Nearly one in three White House staffers is earning a six-figure salary.
Some 21 — mostly old Chicago cronies — are pulling down the top capped salary of $172,200. (Last fall, it was disclosed that 41 owed $831,000 in back taxes.)
Not at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Yet that’s just a taste of some bad — but revealing — numbers streaming out recently about the White House’s performance.