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There's no free lunch — or breakfast or dinner — for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day.
Congress gradually began spending money to maintain an official White House staff to oversee operations and maintenance, but presidents continued to pay for personal expenses.
For the budget year that ended Sept. 30, Congress gave the White House $19,000 to pay for official receptions and $12.7 million to cover operating expenses for the residence, which may include entertainment.
The cost of meals for some White House events, including state dinners and receptions, is picked up by the State Department or political parties.
WHAT ELSE MUST THE FIRST FAMILY PAY FOR?
Since presidents and first ladies can't easily pop into the neighborhood drug store, a White House residence staff member will pick up things like toothpaste and deodorant during shopping runs and keep the bill for Obama.
For private events, presidents pay for food and beverages, use of waiters and servers, and setup and cleanup crews.
"Nobody had told us that the president and his wife are charged for every meal, as well as for such incidentals as dry cleaning, toothpaste and other toiletries," she said shortly after she and President Ronald Reagan moved into the White House in January 1981.
The New York Times published a most unfortunate editorial on Tuesday based entirely on an inaccurate premise. "It is heartbreaking," the paper's editorial board wrote, "to see the Israeli cabinet approve a contentious bill that would officially define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, reserving 'national rights' only for Jews." The paper implicitly refers to the bill as one that "diminishes the rights of [Israel's] people" and "[denies] full rights to minorities." The proposed bill does neither of these.
The first-ever contract for exports of the S-400 Triumf air defense missile system has been signed. "A contract between Rosoboronexport and the Chinese Defense Ministry was signed at the beginning of this fall for the delivery of at least six battalions of S-400 air defense missile systems worth of more than $3 billion," Vedomosti reported on Wednesday.