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On January 20th there will be a big “Züglete” in the White House. And what goodies does Barack Obama get? We clarify.

  • At the January 20thleaves Barack Obama and his family that White House.
  • The resigning president then has various options Special services to.
  • The Former Presidents Act regulates the claims.
  • It's clear: Obama will not be silent in his retirement.

When the handover takes place at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, US President Barack Obama will not become an ordinary citizen. Some privileges will remain and also otherwise: The former US President will not have to starve.

The FPA regulates everything

The remuneration and goodies for the former statesmen of the USA are regulated in the "Former Presidents Act FPA", a law specially enacted for this situation. Currently, Barack Obama is slated to receive an annual pension of $ 205,700. To this all still living former US presidents, so: Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and, from January 20, Barack Obama, this budget item was increased by 18 percent over the next year to $ 3.865 million.

But otherwise there is no skimp in the land of unlimited possibilities. The FPA also regulates the receipt of office and travel expenses, as well as various postal services. In particular, the reimbursement of the costs of running your own office is well measured. Just for comparison: In 2015, the state alone paid Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, $ 434,000 in office expenses.

Obama is likely to trump Carter

The costs for lifelong personal protection are not included in this list. The resigned presidents are also entitled to free medical assistance in the country's military hospitals.

Of the still living US presidents, the taxpayer will probably have to pay tribute to Jimmy Carter. He left office at the age of 56 and has now been in un-retirement for more than 35 years. His involvement as a UN special envoy and other special posts are expensive expenses that Uncle Sam has to shell out. Then there is Barack Obama. He is a year younger and so it is foreseeable that he will generate even more government spending than Carter.

It is also guaranteed that Obama will soon write another volume of memoirs. He was already very successful with “Dreams from My Father”. Both Barack and Michelle beckon lucrative book deals totaling around 40 million US dollars, experts believe. Obama is also sure to have his lectures and speeches silvered.

And his professional future?

In theory, for example, the lawyer could be appointed to the Supreme Court. Obama already told the "New Yorker" that the Supreme Court was "a little too monastic". Rather, experts believe that technology-loving Obama is drawn to Silicon Valley. Already during his presidency he showed himself to be very social media-savvy and the high-tech stronghold on the west coast is predestined for this.

It is clear that he will not withdraw into private life like some of his predecessors. This is also emphasized by SRF correspondent Thomas von Grünigen. He will certainly not remain silent if the political opposition wants to abolish his great achievements such as the Obamacare health system again. Grünigen is convinced that he will become more involved and take a position on political issues.

More family in Washington

Obama's immediate plans are already clear. In the run-up to the elections, he announced that the family would stay in Washington for the time being so that the youngest daughter, Sasha, could finish high school. The Obamas will live in a villa in the posh Kalorama district. The presidential library will be located in Chicago's problematic South Side district. This is where Obama worked as a social worker and this is where the artefacts of his presidency are to be stored.

The 44th President also wants to devote himself more to the family. His daughters and his wife had to "make a lot of sacrifices because of my crazy idea, such as applying for political offices and other things," he told ABC television in 2013.

The Former Presidents Act

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Legislation was passed in 1958 because of President Truman's financial troubles when he left office. This was intended to preserve the dignity of the presidency. The FPA regulates the pension and other claims of the resigning statesmen. Before that, they had no entitlement to federal benefits.

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  • Comment from Urs Graf (U.G)
    For 3 days we have now seen Obama in a large format in the upper part of the SRF online page. Add to that the terrorist attack in Israel after less than a day! slipped into the lower, small part. A humanitarian catastrophe looms in Yemen and Mosul. Obama is currently stationing 2000 tanks under his own direction !! on the Russian border in Europe. The largest station of war material since World War II! The media are silent on all of this. Why is that so? What is the media worth here?
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    1. answer from m. mitulla (m.mitulla)
      And further: The US General Ben Hodges demands safe conduct for all US tanks through all NATO countries in Europe .. There is further massive armament in Europe: The French military portal Lignes de défense reports that the US Army in the course of the operation Atlantic Resolve 84 combat helicopter relocated to Europe. These include 12 helicopters of the class CH-47 (Chinook), 24 AH-64 (Apache), 30 OH-58 (Kiowa) and 50 UH-60 (Blackhawk), which are currently in Fort Drum in the USA.
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    2. answer from E. Waeden (E. W.)
      Obama is now trying in his last days to put as many obstacles as possible in the way of his successor. He did not make the ban on drilling further for oil in the Arctic to protect polar bears out of love for polar bears, he would have had 8 years to do that, but is just one of his further rushes against Trump. All of this does not just speak for a good character of the outgoing president.
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  • Commentary by Hans Bernoulli (H.Bernoulli)
    It all sounds good to Obama. Does he have a conscience that he has brought the world to the brink of a military conflict with Russia? Do not forget how he escalated in word and deed towards Russia: he compared Putin with a world epidemic. Under him, politicians could unabashedly insult or attack Russia or Putin: be it the comparison between Putin and Hitler, be it an ex-CIA chief who said he wanted the USA to kill Russians in Syria, etc.!
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  • Comment from Markus Guggisberg (gugmar)
    No US president has ever done so much damage in the world as Obama. Image damage and violence orgies without end. The entire CIA violence excesses up to Syria are on his account. As a dependent puppet of the Yale association of Skull & Bones such as Kerry, Biden, McCain, Clintens, Yellen, Soros and many more, he tried to spread the New World Order as he was commanded! With devastating damage to the US and the world! State-decreed US terror!
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    1. answer from marlene Zelger (Marlene Zelger)
      And don't forget: Obama robbed our Swiss banks.
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    2. answer from Dave Gruen (Really now?)
      They obviously have a very selective perception. Bush father and son were worlds worse. We owe all of the current misery in Iraq and Syria to them. And who is strongly associated with Saudi Arabia, which is promoting IS and Islamism? The Bush family.
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    3. answer from Niklaus Bächler (building bridges instead of walls!)
      Your perceptions M.G. are not guided by facts, but by ideological delusion. Obama inherited Guantanamo, the wars and many atrocities from the devastating Bush era. Obama had to contend with the Lehmann bankruptcy, the resulting property collapse, banking crises, and much more. Last year alone, his government created 2.16 million new jobs. Obama wasn't a dreamer, he was unifying. There were fewer wars under him! And, under Twitter Trump, the world will get worse again.
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    4. answer from Christian Szabo (C. Szabo)
      Although Obama was also driven by the US economy, he showed intelligence and independent thinking. One can be divided about his views. Compared to G.W. Bush, who missed intelligence throughout his tenure. G: W has the main damage. arranged. And the role of the Bush clan and its contacts with Saudi Arabia are still very little understood.
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    5. answer from Hans Haller (panasawan)
      So one thing is pretty certain. He obviously screwed up a lot in cyber defense, which is actually very embarrassing today. That was stupid, it just hit "a TOP VIP Hillary Clinton" from his own administration. - And well, Libya, Syria etc. can hardly be blamed on the predecessors as well.
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