How much do we value the leader of the free world?
President Barack Obama's 2013 taxes were made public Friday. The president and his family reported $481,098 in income (on which they paid $98,169 income tax, about 19 percent).
By comparison, the Detroit Tigers agreed last month to pay superstar slugger Miguel Cabrera an average of $31 million a year for the next eight years. Assuming Cabrera plays every inning of all 162 games this seaon, he'll pocket what the president made every 22 innings — less than 2½ games.
Here's how the Obamas compare to other arguably less important and definitely less powerful public figures:
First published April 11 2014, 7:04 PM
M. Alex Johnson
M. Alex Johnson is a senior writer for NBC News covering general news, with an emphasis on explanatory journalism and data analysis. Johnson joined NBCNews.com in January 2000 from The Washington Post, where he was news editor of washingtonpost.com and night city editor of the print edition. He has also worked at the Knight-Ridder Washington bureau, Congressional Quarterly and The Charlotte Observer, where he was part of a team that won the 1987 Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service. He is a member of the National Press Club, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Online News Association.
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