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HowStuffWorks.com Takes Readers Behind the Scenes of Barack Obama's Presidency

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[ATLANTA, January 15, 2009] - When Barack Obama is sworn in as the nation's 44th president next Tuesday, his life will change dramatically. Ever wondered how much the President gets paid, what life is like in the White House or what it's like to fly aboard Air Force One? Go behind the scenes of the Obama presidency with the Web site famous for demystifying the world, HowStuffWorks.com.

After withstanding the constant barrage of media coverage during one of the longest campaigns in U.S. political history, President-elect Obama has demonstrated his political staying power. In How Barack Obama Works (http://history.howstuffworks.com/american-history/barack-obama.htm), his 10-year rise to political power is deconstructed. But now that he has secured his next full-time position leading the United States, how will that affect Obama's bottom line?

While most presidents don't run for office to get rich, the salary is far greater than the average American's household income (http://people.howstuffworks.com/question449.htm). The job also comes with room and board at one of the best known addresses in the world, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Not only is it one of Washington, D.C.'s most notable ZIP codes, the White House is also No. 1 on HowStuffWorks.com's list of the top five haunted houses (http://science.howstuffworks.com/5-real-haunted-houses5.htm).

The highest office in the land also comes with great travel perks. Obama will travel in style aboard Air Force One, which is actually comprised of two customized Boeing 747s (http://people.howstuffworks.com/air-force-one.htm). With more than 4,000 square feet of space, each of these planes has office space, living quarters, a dining room and a workout room.

Despite the benefits that come along with leading the free world, Obama will no doubt face challenges during his term in office. With two wars and the worst economic crisis in decades lying before him, he will need all of the help he can get -- and there's no shortage of candidates. More than 200,000 applications were received for approximately 6,000 available jobs in the first week of the Obama-Biden job site launch. For those looking to join the Obama administration, HowStuffWorks.com also offers insight into the hiring process (http://people.howstuffworks.com/white-house-job.htm).

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