It pays to be an EX-president
January 27th, 2012
05:02 PM ET

It pays to be an EX-president

Washington (CNN) - Being president pays; $400,000 a year, in fact.

There's the free transportation in the presidential limousine, Marine One and Air Force One. And don't forget the free housing in Washington's most famous mansion, complete with a killer view of the Washington Monument, along with other perks (a personal chef, for one).

When a president leaves the White House he's still on the government payroll, receiving an annual pension of about $200,000, health care, paid official travel and an office.

Rent for President Jimmy Carter's Atlanta office is $102,000 per year, according to 2010 figures compiled by the Congressional Research Service. President George H. W. Bush's Houston office costs $175,000 per year. President Bill Clinton's office in the pricey real estate market of New York City is $516,000.

Not too bad, huh?

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The presidency and aging
August 4th, 2011
09:54 AM ET

Is 50 the new 40? Apparently not for commanders in chief

As President Obama celebrates his milestone 50th birthday today, put together a photo gallery of how Mr. Obama along with several of his predecessors showed the physical signs of age after several years in the high pressure job.  Take a look!

Portugal: Again plays host - at the epicenter of critical decisions on war
November 20th, 2010
05:45 AM ET

Portugal: Again plays host - at the epicenter of critical decisions on war

LISBON, Portugal (CNN) - It was the kind of moment that made me feel like my heart was beating outside my chest. My hands were sweating, my mouth was dry. There was palpable anxiety inside the modest conference room where a small group of U.S. journalists traveled to Portugal's Azores Islands.

It was March 16, 2003, and I was part of the pool rotation accompanying President George W. Bush for an emergency war summit. We flew for about five and a half hours to the Portuguese island of Terceira, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, to an American airbase.

Topics: Lisbon • NATO • President G.W. Bush • President Obama • The News