VSLover From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1886 posts, RR: 24 Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2616 times:
huh. that is a good question. but yes, the tazpayer does foot the bill, however it is a part of the office. if you are president and you are running for a second term, well you are entitled to the trappings of the office.
moreover, kerry and his team also have secret service protection now, so that too is footed by the taxpayer.