President Bush Donates $10,000 for Tsunami Relief

I saw a report on the television a few minutes ago that President Bush had written checks totalling $10,000 out of his personal funds to several charities supporting disaster relief for the victims of the Asian tsunami. It’s not much compared to what Sandra Bullock or Michael Shumacher donated, but then presidents make a lot less money than movie stars or sports legends.

Update (1-6): Bush Donates $10,000 to Tsunami Relief Efforts (Reuters)

President Bush, who called on Americans this week to make a donation to help victims of the Asian tsunami, has contributed $10,000 himself, the White House said on Wednesday. Bush, whose wealth is estimated at some $13 million, on Monday asked “every American to contribute as they are able to do so.”

I love this spin. How much of Bush’s “wealth” is liquid vice his ranch and other such assets?

The president’s personal donation comes two days after he enlisted former presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton to lead a nationwide appeal for assistance for the millions left homeless by tsunami that killed at least 145,000 people.

“The president has sent contributions totaling $10,000 to some of the international relief organization who are working in the region to help those in need recover from this grave tragedy,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters traveling with Bush in Illinois.

$10,000 is quite a generous donation, so far as I’m concerned.

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  1. Crerar says:

    Yes the president makes less, but Gerorge W. Bush does not make less. Good for him anyways for personaly contributing.