12 Things U.S. Presidents Have to Pay for on Their Own
Not everything comes for free with the (White) house.
Some interior decorating
Although the president is permitted a $100,000 stipend to redecorate parts of the White House, anything beyond that is something they have to pay for themselves. According to the podcast, Stuff You Missed in History Class, the Obamas didn’t take the stipend and used their own money to redecorate instead. Find out 12 facts about the White House you missed in history class.
Some legal fees
In some instances, the president has to pay for their own legal fees. This was the case for Bill and Hillary Clinton, who left the White House $16 million in debt, NBC News reports. Between the defense attorneys’ fees for scandal investigations and the impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton, the legal costs mounted throughout his eight-year presidency, according to NPR. Find out 13 things most Americans get wrong about impeachment.
Their personal homes
Despite the fact that presidents and their families won’t live in their personal residences for at least four years, they are responsible for paying the mortgage and any upkeep of the houses themselves, according to ThoughtCo. For example, the Obamas continued to pay the mortgage on his Chicago home throughout his time in office, Business Insider reports. Another thing presidents have to pay for (or raise money for) themselves? Presidential libraries.