Obama set to become the most expensive former U.S. president

Former president's requests are more than $100,000 higher than George W. Bush

Carlos Barria | Reuters
U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In 2018, President Barack Obama will cost taxpayers $1,153,000, according to the Congressional Research Service. Former presidents receive a pension of $205,700 per year but can request more money for staff salaries, travel and Secret Service protection.

So far, Obama’s requests are more than $100,000 higher than former President George W. Bush and almost $200,000 more than former President Bill Clinton and the highest of the five living ex-presidents. Obama’s Washington, D.C., office is also the most expensive, costing taxpayers $536,000 in 2018. Clinton’s New York City office will cost $518,000, while Bush 43’s Dallas office will cost $497,000.