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!

Did you know...?
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February 1st, 2011
12:03 PM ET

Did you know...?

Back in 1978, President Carter negotiated a peace deal between Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel. It was called the Camp David Accords because the intense negotiations took place over 12 days at Camp David in the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland. Although the deal was sealed in September of 1978, the final Egypt-Israel peace deal wasn't signed until March of 1979 in a ceremony at the White House.

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October 28th, 2010
10:24 AM ET

Carter: Obama's re-election prospects could improve after November vote

(CNN) - Former President Jimmy Carter predicted that Republicans' obstructionist ways should change and President Obama's re-election prospects could improve after next week's midterm elections.

Speaking Wednesday on HLN's "The Joy Behar Show," Carter said the Republican party has been "completely irresponsible" in the past 18 months by opposing most legislative initiatives backed by Obama and his fellow Democrats.

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