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?
— Desire of the Humble (@DesireOfHumble) April 3, 2013
OK, well, maybe not.
— 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
— 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.
Hey, speaking of other 5 percent Obama cuts could make: