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Old 03-27-2013, 08:19 PM  
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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."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_2950062.html
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:16 AM   #31
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Can someone point to what Biden accomplished on this trip?
He went to admire France's high unemployment rate.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:11 AM   #32
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He went to admire France's high unemployment rate.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:19 AM   #33
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Can someone point to what Biden accomplished on this trip?
Further projecting an international image of incompetence and stupidity?

Kerry can't do it alone, folks.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:26 AM   #34
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I will never understand people who whine and cry about petty crap like this. Every couple months, whether its a republican or a democrat in the white house, someone bitches about presidential vacations or big travel/hotel bills.

Stop it. No one outside the nerdiest of political geeks gives a rat's ass about it. It makes the person bitching about it look like a partisan political hack.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:30 AM   #35
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But its so much fun making fun of any VP, a do-less job, spending so much money!
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:36 AM   #36
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I will never understand people who whine and cry about petty crap like this. Every couple months, whether its a republican or a democrat in the white house, someone bitches about presidential vacations or big travel/hotel bills.

Stop it. No one outside the nerdiest of political geeks gives a rat's ass about it. It makes the person bitching about it look like a partisan political hack.
I agree, but they kind of set themselves up for this one talking about how struggling Federal workers will be hurt by sequestration.
I'm not saying saving money on travel would just move dollars to payroll, but when you sell things like "I don't even know if we can afford janitors," and then take a $550,000 a night trip you're going to hear about it.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:39 AM   #37
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It's not really that hard to figure out why people are ripping their mightly leaders for their extravagent trips and vacations after they shut down the White House tours. Really, a child could see the problem here.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:12 PM   #38
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I will never understand people who whine and cry about petty crap like this. Every couple months, whether its a republican or a democrat in the white house, someone bitches about presidential vacations or big travel/hotel bills.

Stop it. No one outside the nerdiest of political geeks gives a rat's ass about it. It makes the person bitching about it look like a partisan political hack.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:17 PM   #39
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I will never understand people who whine and cry about petty crap like this. Every couple months, whether its a republican or a democrat in the white house, someone bitches about presidential vacations or big travel/hotel bills.

Stop it. No one outside the nerdiest of political geeks gives a rat's ass about it. It makes the person bitching about it look like a partisan political hack.
It's wasteful, and I don't care which party does it. Sure, they piss away a lot more of our money on shit that is just as worthless, but that doesn't excuse it. When they tell you to eat your peas and then go running around the world like a coked up rockstar, it's bound to piss a few people off.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:13 PM   #40
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I will never understand people who whine and cry about petty crap like this. Every couple months, whether its a republican or a democrat in the white house, someone bitches about presidential vacations or big travel/hotel bills.

Stop it. No one outside the nerdiest of political geeks gives a rat's ass about it. It makes the person bitching about it look like a partisan political hack.
Normally I would agree, but being $16T in debt with no turnaround in sight, plus just after a sequester was put into place where the Obama administration spent months telling us how bad it would be for the common man, asking what the purpose of the trip and what it accomplished are fair questions.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:49 PM   #41
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Normally I would agree, but being $16T in debt with no turnaround in sight, plus just after a sequester was put into place where the Obama administration spent months telling us how bad it would be for the common man, asking what the purpose of the trip and what it accomplished are fair questions.
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Wait, people are surprised that it costs 500k for the vice president and his secret service + other high level members of the government to stay at a hotel?

Thats less than what some football teams pay when they travel and they probably have roughly the same amount of people to account for and far less security measures.

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A single road trip involves lots of advance reservations. Moving players, a coaching staff and support personnel means a team's travel party can range from 135 to as many as 200 people for 10 road games with each trip costing up to $1 million. That price goes higher for East Coast teams heading West or vice versa.
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