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The Crazy Cost of Becoming President, From Lincoln to Obama

Barack Obama spent $730 million getting to the White House in 2008—twice as much as George W. Bush spent 4 years earlier and more than 260 times what Abraham Lincoln spent in his first election. Looking at the total costs of presidential elections over the past 150 years, it would seem that the White House is the ultimate recession-proof commodity: So is the White House overpriced? Depends on what you're comparing it against.
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Obama Aide: GOP President Would Preserve Action on Immigration, Cuba

Politics / US Politics : Washington Wire (yesterday)

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer says if a Republican is elected president in 2016, he or she won't overturn Barack Obama's executive actions on Cuba and immigration. Read Post

NATIONAL JOURNAL: Obama Goes Cowboy On Cuba: With respect to Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, the …

US Politics / Conservative : Instapundit (2 days ago)

NATIONAL JOURNAL: Obama Goes Cowboy On Cuba: With respect to Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, the true cowboy diplomat may be the White House’s current occupant. President Obama, as he has shown all year, isn’t about to go quietly ... Read Post

Spending on Presidential Elections

US Politics / Conservative : NRO: The Corner (3 years ago)

Over at Mother Jones, David Gilson notes that the cost, in real terms, of winning the presidency has increased dramatically over the years: Barack Obama spent $730 million getting to the White House in 2008—twice as much as George W... Read Post


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