Barack Obama says that Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ $172,200 Salary Is “Relatively Modest Pay”


More “Hope & Change”, Obama Modest edition: Isn’t this interesting and speak volumes of the mind set and hypocrisy of President Barack Obama … MODEST?

Biden to Obama: Excuse me Barack, but isn’t it my job to say misinformed things and do verbal gaffes?

Barack Obama told reporters  that out going Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ $172,200 salary was “relatively modest pay.” MODEST PAY? How out of touch with reality is this President and could Obama be an even bigger hypocrite? When the average salary of Americans is $55K and the present unemployment rate is at 9.8%, Obama thinks that $172K is modest. Unreal. Many Americans wish they could have such a “modest” salary.

Conversely, isn’t Obama constantly telling us that individuals who make $200,000 and families who make $250,000 are rich? For 2+ years Obama has railed that the rich must pay more taxes. So Obama thinks the difference between modest and rich is $28K?

From FOX Nation:

Perhaps it was the long flight back from Hawaii. But President Obama’s first full day back on the job suggested a slight case of tone deafness.

In bidding a sort-of farewell to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, he noted the “relatively modest pay” for which Gibbs has labored.

In fact, he earns $172,200 in a nation where the average family income hovers around $55,000, unemployment is high, record foreclosures persist and wages for most folks are at best stagnant.

I wonder Mr. President if the tax payer who pay Gibb’s salary who make considerably less and who are unemployed think his salary is modest? So who still does not believe this president is an elitist?

But it still puts Gibbs at the high end of what most working Americans make — and at a time of grumbling about the taxpayer-funded salaries and benefits of federal employees. The average federal worker earned $67,691 in 2008, the Post’s Ed O’Keefe said, citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics. President Obama has ordered a two-year freeze on pay for many federal workers.

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  • Comments

    13 Responses to “Barack Obama says that Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ $172,200 Salary Is “Relatively Modest Pay””

    1. Dolf on January 7th, 2011 8:49 am

      so what did his predecesors make?
      SM: Are you dense?

      This has nothing to do with the $ amount that Gibbs made. It has to do with the ignorant, elitist statement from Obama. Gee Dolf, do you consider $172K a modest salary? Especially with this doofus of a present says that $200K is rich.

    2. Scared Monkeys on January 7th, 2011 8:58 am

      Dana Perino made $170K.

      That isn’t the point. Obama thinks that a 6 digit salary is modest. Oh yea, he’s a man of the people and the middle class,

    3. on January 7th, 2011 9:20 am

      Whoa! Isn’t this the guy that said there was a time when you make too much money? We should have asked when.

      you know you are making too much money when your salary and bonuses top the national debt?

    4. brie. on January 7th, 2011 9:34 am

      BS…they are all overpaid and are not even successful in performing their jobs. Just creating disaster. Next thing you know Obama will give himself a raise.

      He said he is experiencing a slight case of tone deafness from his recent vacation to Hawaii. What an excuse, he’s been deaf from day one…not listening to We The People. What does he want a pity party?

      Ha! Ha! Had to laugh when Obama was making a speech and the Presidential Seal fell off the podium. Was somebody trying to make a point or send him a message?

    5. Dolf on January 7th, 2011 9:59 am

      perhaps modest compared to the guy before.
      depends on the function Red, you know that.

      He does make more then our pm.
      Q: whats the presidents salary?

      btw. Isn’t it a 5 digit salary (6 been a million)?

    6. Flippy on January 7th, 2011 12:20 pm

      He said “relatively Modest”, not objectively Modest. My point is that by this time next month he will have a private-sector job that pays much, much more and his currently salary will be relatively modest.

    7. Dolf on January 7th, 2011 12:51 pm

      I missed the anger towards the big banks and their bonus pay outs after being rescued by you.

    8. Flippy on January 7th, 2011 1:21 pm

      Regardless of what I said in #6…he should have kept is mouth shut on the guy’s paycheck.

    9. Greg the Mongoose on January 7th, 2011 5:29 pm

      Send porky packing. Refused to answer the questions. Has a major problem with the truth. Refuses to tell it.

      Iam sure Obama can find a better liar.

    10. Greg on January 7th, 2011 5:55 pm

      Out-of-context theater. A more complete quote, according to the NYT is:

      “We’ve been on this ride together since I won my Senate primary in 2004,” Mr. Obama said. “He’s had a six-year stretch now where basically he’s been going 24/7 with relatively modest pay.”

      Now, given the magic of the web, you can easily find Gibbs salary figure, which is (of course) $172,200.

      In the end, it seems that how we perceive this job and its demands, leads to an opinion that the salary is too low, too high, or “I wish I had the job”.

      For me, I just wonder where the notion of free market and the freedom each person has to live their life as they see fit, including working towards the kind of job and salary level they would like to have. Is this just a case of sour grapes, that others are filled with envy (and worse) that there are successful people out there?

    11. on January 8th, 2011 2:11 am

      Is this just a case of sour grapes, that others are filled with envy (and worse) that there are successful people out there?

      Guess you didn’t read the other comments before you posted. No, it’s not envy; it’s demonstrating the inconsistencies in Barack Hussein Obama.

      The average wage for the middle class is somewhere around $40,000 to $50,000. From that perspective, $174,000 is HUGE. Unemployment is rampant in the USA because of BHO and his policies. BTW, Robert Gibss is merely a talking fool.

      BHO is the same person who said there comes a time when a person makes too much money.

    12. Greg on January 10th, 2011 12:45 am

      Here are some of the seasonally adjusted UE figures according to BLS:

      Jan 2008 7,653,000 5.0%
      Jan 2009 11,984,000 7.8%
      Jan 2010 14,842,000 9.7%
      Dec 2010 14,485,000 9.4%

      In the last year of the Bush Admin, UE grew by 4.33 million, and in the first year for Obama, UE grew by 2.86 million.

      It just isn’t accurate to say that “Unemployment is rampant in the USA because of BHO and his policies” when Bush presided over larger changes in UE than did Obama.

    13. Dolf on January 10th, 2011 11:31 am

      here in NL 40k-50k isn’t middle class.
      Just below it.

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