Originally Posted by Pawnmower
Out of curiosity why wouldn't you? 500k for 1. Night....for the. Veep?
Most of the cost is the necessary security and it actually includes more than one night for the advance team that gets there to set shit up and make security arrangements. No question it is a lot of money, but it is apparently the norm for this type of thing. The Pres and VP are going to travel. It is part of their jobs. As much as I hated Bush, I didn't freak about this kind of thing because it is just stupid to do so.
"The contract costs cover the entire range of support, including accommodations for military, communications, secret service staff, and other support professionals. Security experts are also required to travel in advance of the president or vice president. Safety and security are not negotiable."