March 26th, 2013
06:41 PM ET
10 years ago

Ex-presidents cost taxpayers millions

(CNN) - As if we needed further proof that being leader of the free world is a cushy gig, a new report shows that the perks keep rolling in long after a commander-in-chief leaves office.

According to the Congressional Research Service, taxpayers forked over $3.7 million last year to pay for the four remaining presidents: Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. And that number doesn't include the additional money we spend on their lifetime of Secret Service.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • George H.W. Bush • George W. Bush • Jimmy Carter
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. J'cincinnati'Redd

    So what! We give other countries billions to build roads and schools and bombs {some use the bombs on us and kill our troops}. The least we can do is protect of our President's. Why wont cnn talk about all the billions that we spend on unproductive Americans who sit on they the lazy butt and do nothing,but will get a fat check in the mail every month and a food card to buy steaks and name brand cheeze and un healthy food. Then we will spend keeping alive when they blood pressure reading hit as high as heaven.

    March 26, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Catmandew

    They should be on their own again by now! Have they no pride? The secret service expenses should be all they are getting by now! I like makin my own way, doin things for myself and takin care of me and mine but to just keep takin from the people like that is wrong.

    March 26, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Babyboomer

    While I'm not exactly rolling in dough, this really doesn't seem all that unfair to me. Not for our former Presidents. What I have a problem with is Congress and the perks, pensions, healthcare, etc. they receive after leaving office. We need caps on those dollars as well as term limits. If we are going to fix something, I say FIX THAT...

    March 26, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. Catmandew

    The rest of us don't get that kinda retirement! How da hang do they rate. Just more abuse of power!

    March 26, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    That's the only reason they want the job.

    March 26, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. kayla

    imagine, millionaires living on the goverment

    March 26, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. Richard Long

    Thank the gods that barrack and his family are safe in the Bahamas! Millions of tax dollars being spent keeping them safe.
    Obama, spending your tax money like a BOSS!

    March 26, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Anthony in California

    Okay Tea Partiers.. let's hear your stance on this "wasting of taxpayer dollars"....
    I'm ready to hear it whenever you "Patriots" are ready...

    March 26, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Chump change compared to what ex-Wall Street bankers and CEOs receive as a part of their golden parachutes.

    March 26, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    Why aren't there any complaints about "less gov'mint" when we're spending to protect republican presidents? Considering the way George W. Bush left this country, he should be ashamed to take anything related to the government (even if does come with the job). After killing American men and women, destroying our pensions and causing small businesses to become so small, they went out of business. The nerve of some people.

    March 26, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. Sheepleawake

    relevant, thank you.

    March 26, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. freedom

    And the current president is costing us TRILLIONS.

    March 27, 2013 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  13. anonoymous

    Wont be an issue until Mr Obama is a former president. Then the people will worry about the cost.

    March 27, 2013 06:31 am at 6:31 am |