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Solidarity! Obama returning 5 percent of salary to stand with furloughed workers

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Boy, what a swell guy! Isn’t he just swell? Somebody bake him a pie!

The New York Times is reporting that the Man-of-the-People in chief will give 5 percent of his annual $400,000 salary back to the U.S. Treasury as a gesture of solidarity with workers being furloughed due to sequestration:

The voluntary move would be retroactive to March 1 and apply through the rest of the calendar year, the [Obama Administration] official said. The White House came up with the 5 percent figure to approximate the level of automatic spending cuts to non-defense federal agencies that took effect that day.

Over a ten-month period, that’ll work out to $16,666.67.

“The president has decided that to share in the sacrifice being made by public servants across the federal government that are affected by the sequester, he will contribute a portion of his salary back to the Treasury,” the official said.

Shared sacrifice, baby! Nobody understands that better than Barack Obama.

President Obama will return 5% of his salary in tribute to furloughed federal workers. He leads by example. #classact

— Zee (@misszanette) April 3, 2013

Such a stand up guy ‏RT @ap BREAKING: White House: Obama to return 5 percent of his salary in tribute to furloughed federal workers

— TMo (@miss_tmo) April 3, 2013

He sure is!

Good move RT @stevekopack: WASHINGTON (AP) — White House: Obama to return 5 percent of his salary in tribute to furloughed federal workers.

— Jillianwv(@jillianwv) April 3, 2013

No, not a good move. A great move. He really feels their pain, you see.

He does feel their pain, right?

Is that REALLY his fair share? 😛 #stupid “@ap: Obama to return 5 percent of his salary in tribute to furloughed federal workers”

— Desire of the Humble (@DesireOfHumble) April 3, 2013

OK, well, maybe not.

#Austerity in self-austerity RT @presjpolk: Obama self-imposing a 5% paycut in support of furloughed people taking a 20% paycut?Heh.

— Seton Motley (@SetonMotley) April 3, 2013

Obama to give back 5% of salary for furloughed workers. Big deal, why not pay us for all those damn vacations. That will get my applause.

— Darrel Speed (@SpeedyFather) April 3, 2013

Here’s an idea: how about Michelle weeds her own garden to save money?

— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) April 3, 2013

That’s $20k or 7 minutes on Air Force One. #perspective MT @specialreport: (AP) — White House: Obama to return 5 percent of his salary

— Eye on Politics (@EyeOnPolitics) April 3, 2013

Obama should eliminate 5 percent of national debt in tribute to furloughed federal workers.

— Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) April 3, 2013

Now there’s an idea.

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Hey, speaking of other 5 percent Obama cuts could make:

#Other5PercentObamaCuts: Tweeters suggest more ways for Obama to trim fiscal fat

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/04/03/solidarity-obama-returning-5-percent-of-salary-to-stand-with-furloughed-workers/

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