Washington: Looking forward to getting out of the “bubble”, outgoing US President Barack Obama has contradicted the general perception of him living off taxpayers’ money in the White House, saying he bore all his family’s expenses, including the cost of toilet paper.
“You know, I mentioned how I’ve got a pretty thick skin in this job. You’ve got to have it. One thing that did kind of get under my craw sometimes was people talking as if when we went on vacation or that people’d be like, ‘Oh, spending taxpayer money’. It’s like, ‘No, no, I actually I’m paying for all of this’,” Mr Obama said.
“The only thing I don’t pay for is Secret Service and an airplane. And communications, because I don’t have any choice,” he said. “But, you know, we buy our own toilet paper even here in the White House.
You know, it’s not free. … You know, our toothpaste, our orange juice, that all gets paid.”