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Obamas get huge pay boost

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Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By AP/KWMU

Washington, DC – Barack Obama last year reaped in big bucks from book deals, got a higher salary as a new U.S. Senator, and his wife got a big promotion. As a result, their total household income was almost $1.7 million.

That surpasses their total income from the seven previous years combined.

During 2005, Obama's salary almost tripled to about $154,000 after he left the Illinois state Senate for Congress. Also, Michelle Obama's income as an administrator at the University of Chicago Hospitals more than doubled to about $317,000.

Obama is Illinois' junior U.S. Senator. He told The Associated Press that his wife, a Harvard law school graduate, deserves the extra pay. He says she can't be faulted for "being smarter and better qualified for all sorts of jobs" than he is.

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