WASHINGTON- The President says there is no free lunch, and it's true when it comes to his Thanksgiving Day meal or any other expenses. He has to pay out -of-pocket for his meal of turkey, ham, two kinds of stuffing, sweet and regular potatoes and six pies. Its a traditional practice that presidents pay for meals for themselves, their families and guests. The former White House Usher says the payment rules go back to the 1800's. Gary Walters says it started when the White House was first occupied by President John Adams and there was no staff. Then, the presidents brought their own staff and paid for everything. The practice includes the basics, things like toothpaste to dry-cleaning.
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