Worth noting, especially on this day when the U.S. government reached its debt limit, is that the president, who was made wealthy by the success of his best-selling books, appears to be doing his part to help fund the highly indebted U.S. government.
He has between $1 million and $5 million invested in U.S. Treasury bills, short-term securities that mature in, at most, a year and don't pay interest until maturity.
He also has a similar amount invested in Treasury notes which have longer-term maturities and pay interest until they mature.
The first family also received between $1 million and $5 million in income from "Dreams of My Father" and less than $1 million for "The Audacity of Hope."
The Obamas also have two 529 college savings plan accounts, one for each daughter, with between $100,101 and $250,000 invested in them.
Oh, and then there's that weird perennial that shows up on presidential disclosure forms which will come as news to some people. First ladies receive a $10,000 annuity during their husband's term from the will of one Henry G. Freeman Jr. who died in 1917.
The The vice president has yet to hit the best-selling book lottery, or any other financial lottery for that matter. His disclosure reports that his 2007 "Promises to Keep" autobiography provided no more than $201 in income in 2010 if any at all.
So he has much less wealth than the president though he has something the president doesn't report on his disclosure, a number of life insurance policies with Mass Mutual that pay relatively modest dividends. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.