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Old 03-27-2013, 08:19 PM   Topic Starter
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Joe Biden's Paris Hotel Cost $585,000 For One-Night Vice Presidential Stay

A $585,000.50 bill for one night at a hotel is either the result of an unimaginable amount of room service, or, if you're a member of Vice President Joe Biden's posse, it's just another night in Paris.

That's per a contract awarded to the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand, which hosted Biden's one-night stay during a diplomatic trip to Europe in early February.

Despite the eye-popping figure, administration officials swear Biden hadn't been ransacking every mini-bar in sight.

The costs "are in line with high-level travel across multiple administrations," explained an unnamed State Department official to ABC News.

The official added, "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."

Unlike other government contracts, hotel stays for top U.S. government officials are not subject to a competitive bidding process. A justification obtained by The Weekly Standard also cites "security concerns" as the primary reason for this.

A second contract, unearthed by The Weekly Standard, shows Biden's stay in London was a (comparative) bargain, costing taxpayers just $459,338.65, more than $100,000 cheaper than his night in Paris.

While news of the trip's cost garnered predictable outrage among conservatives, others had fun with it. Joked one Twitter user, "VP Joe Biden has been officially banned from using Priceline's 'Name Your Own Price' feature."

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:19 PM   #2
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but, but, but...the sequester and we can't afford tours of the White House and all that shit!!!
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:24 PM   #3
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The costs "are in line with high-level travel across multiple administrations," explained an unnamed State Department official to ABC News.

The official added, "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."
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:26 PM   #4
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If this was Cheney you would be bashing the hell otu of him.


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Old 03-27-2013, 08:29 PM   #5
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If this was Cheney you would be bashing the hell otu of him.


I swear people like you are the epitome of what it is to be a hyporcite.
No, I don't bitch about whiney shit like this. If you can find me complaining about presidential travel expenses, then I'm a hyprocrite. Otherwise and pull your head out of your paranoid delusional ass.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:31 PM   #6
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No, I don't bitch about whiney shit like this. If you can find me complaining about presidential travel expenses, then I'm a hyprocrite. Otherwise and pull your head out of your paranoid delusional ass.
Sequester....Repubs spend to much money, blah blah, blah....you support the windbags that spew this shit then turn a blind eye when they do the very thing they chastise everyone else about doing
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:24 PM   #7
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No, I don't bitch about whiney shit like this. If you can find me complaining about presidential travel expenses, then I'm a hyprocrite. Otherwise and pull your head out of your paranoid delusional ass.
Out of curiosity why wouldn't you? 500k for 1. Night....for the. Veep?
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:27 PM   #8
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Out of curiosity why wouldn't you? 500k for 1. Night....for the. Veep?
That's astronomically ****ing high. No justification whatsoever.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:28 PM   #9
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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."
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:31 PM   #10
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If this was Cheney you would be bashing the hell otu of him.


I swear people like you are the epitome of what it is to be a hyporcite.
Feel free to link us all up with your complaints about expensive travel in the Bush administration to prove you're not a hypocrite.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:04 AM   #11
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Feel free to link us all up with your complaints about expensive travel in the Bush administration to prove you're not a hypocrite.
this is such a childlike attitude....

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Old 03-28-2013, 12:13 AM   #12
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this is such a chidlike attitude....
Travel expenses for people in the administration are going to be sky high for both parties due to security issues and protocal. I don't expect the president, vice president or other high ranking members of the executive branch to be locked up in Washington for 8 years. I don't expect them to stay at Howard Johnson's. Either party. They need to travel. They need to have security.It's expensive copared to you and me traveling, but it is nothing compared to the cost of a war or an expansion of health care. It's equivalent to the decision to chew a piece of gum on a typical family budget.

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Old 03-28-2013, 07:10 AM   #13
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Feel free to link us all up with your complaints about expensive travel in the Bush administration to prove you're not a hypocrite.
Yeah, those expensive stays at the Crawford Ranch were pretty high-falootin'!
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:07 AM   #14
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Feel free to link us all up with your complaints about expensive travel in the Bush administration to prove you're not a hypocrite.
'Er....not the same economy though. I don't approve of this thing generally but in a bad economy it's a bit like Marie Antoinette.
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