Ka-Ching! -- Obamas Made $5.5 Million in 2009

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

He's the most powerful man in the world, and being in the White House has certainly increased President Obama's earning power as well. He and the First Lady made $5.5 million in 2009, double what they earned in 2008 when Obama was a senator running for president.

According to the tax return released Thursday, the couple paid nearly $1.8 million in federal income taxes, and $163,303 in Illinois income taxes. They gave $329,000 to charities in 2009, including $50,000 each to CARE and the United Negro College Fund. The president also donated his $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize award to 10 charities.

Obama is paid $400,000 to be president. Much of the other income came from sales of his books, "Dreams From My Father," and "The Audacity of Hope."

Vice President Biden and his wife, Jill, reported an adjusted gross income of $333,182 for 2009. They paid $71,147 in federal income taxes, $12,420 in Delaware income taxes and $1,477 in Virginia income taxes. The Bidens gave $4,820 to charity.

Biden's VP salary is around $220,000.