Did Obama take a promised pay cut? White House won’t say


by Michael Dorstewitz

The White House will neither admit nor deny whether President Obama lived up to a promise he’d made more than a year ago to take a five percent pay cut. He made that pledge to show his solidarity with federal workers who may have been financially impacted by sequestration.

On May 3 of last year, the president promised to make the cut retroactive beginning March 1, the date sequestration began, a White House official told The New York Times.

“The president has decided that to share in the sacrifice being made by public servants across the federal government that are affected by the sequester, he will contribute a portion of his salary back to the Treasury,” the official said.

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