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Obama Defends High Salaries At White House: I Froze Them

"We froze federal pay for federal workers for two years. Now, that wasn't real popular, as you might imagine, among federal workers. On the other hand, we were able to do that precisely because we wanted to prevent layoffs, and we wanted to make sure that we sent a signal that everybody's going to have to make some sacrifices, including federal workers. By the way, people who work in the White House, they've had their pay frozen since I came in, our high-wage folks. So, they haven't had a raise in two and a half years, and that's appropriate because a lot of ordinary folks out there haven't either. In fact, they've had their pay cut in some cases."

According to the White House salary report, which was released last Friday, 141 White House employees earn $100,000 or more per year.

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