What is Life Like After Being The President

What is life like after you being a US President.  Well for sure, it pays to be one. Their yearly salary is about 400,000. Some may say that’s a bit much and some will say its a bit low for the pressure Presidents go through. Aside from their great pay, they also get free transportation in their very own limousine, as well as their own airplane called air force one. Free house is also a plus for these guys, and they live in one of the biggest Mansion in Washington.  After Thinking about it, I might need a career change.

What do presidents get after they leave their office? One thing for sure, you’ll never have to worry about them not having a job. Why, well because they are still on the government’s payroll. Yes correct, they get an annual pension that consist of free health care, paid travel and 200,000 a year. Not bad for being unemployed right?

With all this money and time what  do these presidents do? Well some take up new hobbies, for example Bush and his father was in to guns. They took up airsoft guns. Just think of this as paintball, but with smaller bullets. These guns are life like. More then what you’ll see with paintball guns. The game play of airsoft guns are the same as well. To learn more check out http://www.targetstoshootat.com/ its a good resource.

Unlike the Bushes. Some other presidents are more into relaxation and rehabilitation. So they take up golfing. A sport less stressful. Well, I guess the stress will depend on the person playing golf if they are good or not.

Also some write books, for example Jimmy Carter, he wrote 14 books after being an ex-president.  He was flat broke after leaving the white house, but made a lot of money by writing books and doing book deals.  Others like Clinton, he spoke. He was paid  over 125.000 dollars to give speeches all over the world. Yup that’s right 125.000 a speech. Clinton was once quoted saying that he didn’t have much money when he was in the white house, but once he was out it was a different story.

Not every president got rich after. Harry Truman, after office, he couldn’t even afford to answer copious mail or even respond to appearances request. Because of Truman, congress created benefits and pensions for ex presidents.

George W. Bush

art.gwb_George W. Bush was the 42nd President. He was elected to office on 2000, and held the position for two terms. A total of 8 years, he left office in 2009. Initially Bush had a domestic agenda he wanted to follow. However the agenda would quickly be forgotten about after the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Bush would almost immediately wage war on Iraq and Afghanistan, a war the United States of America would fight for 8 years. Stretching the war out of a long period of time caused his approval rating to steadily decline over his presidency.

When Bush became President the country was in a recession. Under his administration federal government spending was increased from $1.789 trillion to $2.983 trillion. Over his presidency the unemployment rate rose from 4.2%- 6.3%, but dropped back down to 4.5% in 2007. In 2007 Bush signed a $170 billion economic stimulus package. This package was suppose to help struggling business by giving them tax breaks. Within his first year of office Bush increased funding for the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. In 2002 the No Child Left Behind Act was passed into law. This law was suppose to bridge the gap between rich and poor schools.

In 2001 Bush signed an executive order to create a inter-agency task force for creating energy projects. Bush also made amendments to the Clear Skies Act in 2003. Bush declared the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands a national monument. Bush in 2006 said America is addicted to oil and announced his initiative to increase energy development research. Bush urged congress to send more than 6,000 national guardsmen to the Mexican border to help with illegals entering the United States. He also urged congress to allow more than 12 million illegal workers to work in the United States on temporary work passes.

Still today people are torn as to whether or not Bush was a good President. However his presidency is one of the most transparent Presidency to date. President Bush will always have a place in history.

Bill Clinton

BillClintonPortraitBill Clinton was elected 42nd President of the United States in 1992, defeating incumbent George H. Bush. He won a large percentage of the electoral college despite capturing less than half of the popular vote. However, millions of Americans split their votes that year between George Bush and independent candidate H. Ross Perot. Prior to being elected president, Bill Clinton had served as the governor of Arkansas.
Working with Democratic majorities in both houses of the U.S. Congress, President Clinton had many successes in his first two years in office. Nearly 90 percent of his proposed legislation was approved, including a measure to reduce the federal budget deficit by increasing taxes on upper income Americans. Also in his first year, President Clinton saw passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Some of the policies of President Clinton challenged the nation’s social establishment. His plan to allow homosexuals in the U.S. military was dubbed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which was implemented in 1993. Signed into law by President Clinton the same year was the Family and Medical Leave Act, which allowed employees time off without pay to deal with family issues. President Clinton oversaw a strong American economy, with unemployment falling to 4 percent in his last full year in office.
A Democratic majority did not help President Clinton enact health care legislation, which went down to defeat in 1994. The plan itself and its failure were believed to have been factors in a major Democratic debacle in 1994, when the Republicans captured majorities in both houses of the U.S. Congress. In international affairs, President Clinton oversaw an aerial bombing campaign that helped turn back Serbian aggression against the nation of Kosovo.
One of the great political scandals in modern American history occurred during President Clinton’s second term, related to an adulterous affair between him and intern Monica Lewinsky. Charged with covering up the affair, President Clinton was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives. However, he was subsequently acquitted by the U.S. Senate. Scandals aside, Bill Clinton left office in 2001 with highest approval rating since the inception of the presidential rating system in 1945.

Richard Nixon

 

richard-nixon-1Richard Nixon served from 1969-1974 as the 37th president of the United States of America. He was a lieutenant commander in the Navy during World War II and was then elected to Congress while living in California. Later, in 1950 he was obtained a seat in the Senate and in 1952 was selected to be the running mate of then General Dwight D. Eisenhower. His duties as Vice President were varied and publicly supported.

Accomplishments
Nixon successfully completed many missions during his political career. One main point on his agenda was striving for stability after the world was ravaged by several consecutive wars of global magnitude. His personal visits to both Beijing in 1972 were instrumental in forging more positive relationships with China and he also worked closely with Leonid Brezhnev in summit meetings that ultimately resulted in a treaty to reduce production of nuclear weapons. Under the direction of President Nixon, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger conducted peace negotiations to reduce tensions between Egypt and Syria who were at odds with Israel. Potentially the most notable world relations accomplishment of his career was Nixon’s agreement with North Vietnam to remove American troops from Indochina in 1973.

Other than his international political agenda, the President also worked to implement environmental programs to raise awareness around potentially destructive issues and to promote responsible use and reuse platforms. In addition, Nixon engaged in the development of new anti-crime laws, appointed conservative Supreme Court Justices and confirmed an end to the war draft for American men.

Downfalls
Despite his many positive interactions on both a domestic and international level, Richard Nixon is unanimously remembered for his role in the Watergate scandal. While under investigation and facing potential impeachment, the President resigned from office. The Vice President, Spiro Agnew was also under investigation for unrelated affairs and had resigned his position. Nixon nominated and Congress accepted the nomination to promote House Minority Leader Gerald R. Ford as Vice President, and ultimately his replacement. The resignation became final on August 9, 1974 and Ford was the new President.