Joe Biden's $585,000 hotel bill makes no sense

There's no way the vice president and his entourage could rack up those kinds of charges in Paris or London.

By Kim Peterson Mar 22, 2013 4:01PM
Vice President Joe Biden (© Kevin Lamarque/Pool via Bloomberg)Traveling with Vice President Joe Biden has its perks.

Just ask the large entourage that went with him on a recent trip to Paris. A blog with the conservative news magazine The Weekly Standard points to a government document showing a $585,000 contract for Biden's stay at the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand hotel.

Biden did spend an evening in Paris in early February, but there are no details in the document about whether this contract is accurate or what the final hotel bill came to. A standard room in the hotel costs about $475 a night, and the royal two-bedroom suite runs about $3,900 a night.

The Weekly Standard also points to another government contract for Biden's London hotel stay in early February. The contract, to the Hyatt Regency London, totaled $459,339. An associated document with that contract said it was for 136 rooms for 893 room nights.

But none of this makes sense. For 893 room nights, that would mean that the 136 rooms would be reserved for at least six nights each -- longer than Biden's entire five-day European visit.

So let's say that Biden also needed 136 rooms for his one-night stay in Paris. Even if every single room rang up the $3,900 nightly cost of the royal suite, the total still wouldn't meet the reported $585,000 contract cost.

Biden spent five days in Europe in early February in the first overseas trip of his second term. He started with a Feb. 1 visit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, spoke at a security conference in Munich on Feb. 2, visited wounded U.S. veterans at a German hospital on Feb. 3, met with French President Francois Hollande on Feb. 4 and finally met with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Feb. 5.

Twitter was lit up Friday with people enraged by the spending listed in Biden's hotel contracts. The vice president's office could calm the waters by releasing the actual numbers showing what was spent. So far, though, his Twitter account and his spokespeople are mum.

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Mar 22, 2013 4:50PM
I knew Biden was not working with a full deck, but this is amazing. The average family income is $50,500, Biden spent 12 families annual income.
But after all he is part of Obama's royal family. 
Mar 22, 2013 4:12PM
It's all about shared sacrifice.  Biden shares our money with the EU and we sacrifice.
Mar 22, 2013 4:46PM
If its true.. it should come out of his own pocket.
Mar 22, 2013 5:08PM
So all you government employees getting ready to be furloughed can thank the VP for contributing to the unpaid days you're about to experience.
Mar 22, 2013 4:57PM

Why doesn't this SXXX come up why they are pointing the finger at the 1%'ers that don't pay their fair share. The ABSOLUTE WASTE in government to cater to ignoramus' of the likes of Biden and Moochelle is beyond fathomable to the modern tax payer. The sequester is in motion but our dipstick POTUS sends and promises more and more money over seas. What about the SEQUESTER and the SHORTAGE, these posers and the liar and chief are nothing but puppets and dividers while they point and snicker at people of wealth and pretend to sympathize with the down trodden they know NOTHING about. It sickens me every time they speak, about being an American to pay taxes etc..

Just out now the proven fraud of the birth certificate, will they dispatch of this disgrace in office why "hell No" it must be Fox news or someone being fraud exposing the fraud, and it goes on and on..

       How any human being of ANY common sense can look at what has been going on with this administration and say we are better off should be institutionalized!!! 

Mar 22, 2013 4:50PM
I thought  presidents and VPs were supose to stay at the US embassy when traveling as they are already known to be secure and don't require advance visits but secret service.
Mar 22, 2013 4:36PM
Mar 22, 2013 4:59PM
LOL, he hates the rich but yet he is rich by using your money America!
Mar 22, 2013 4:58PM
That's what happens when you put Obama and Biden in the same hotel room overnight - whores for spending other people's money.  Your money America...oh well only 3.75 more years.
Mar 22, 2013 5:06PM
I consider $60 a night is a fair rate. That's all this taxpayer can afford.
Mar 22, 2013 4:49PM
This is a guy that thinks JOBS is a three letter word. He can't tell you how much he spent.
Mar 22, 2013 5:21PM

Any way you slice it, this is a lot of money. When I was a government employee on travel, I don't think per diem would quite cover it. I checked the State Department website and the current rate for lodging is $379 per night. I guess there were no government rate rooms available.


It's interesting that some government employees have to travel on a budget while others ( like the VP) don't.

Mar 22, 2013 5:04PM
Are we really that surprised about the waste in big,  and soon to be bigger, government?
Mar 22, 2013 5:08PM

Just raise taxes somemore......that should cover it.

It's what government does best.

Mar 22, 2013 5:11PM
Term limits is the only thing that could stop this asinine waste of money by the White House and any administration. They will continue this bs because we the voters allow it to happen with no bad consequences to the miscreants..,
Mar 22, 2013 5:01PM
LOL, so Joe says...deficit?  Who said anything about a 16 trillion dollar deficit?
Mar 22, 2013 5:10PM
hookers??? I'm a liberal and this what is really wrong with the spending in Washington, who are the real freeloaders?
Mar 22, 2013 5:03PM
How wrong I was to once thinking that Joe was frugal. What were you thinking Joe!!!
Mar 22, 2013 4:46PM

Even poorest among us have a dream of acting and living rich at others expense. Who would have thought train riding Senator turned VP can spend this amount?


Human frailties are perpetually live among the most noblest of us, ready to germinate given the right situation.

Mar 22, 2013 6:23PM

The look on his face says "yep I even put sand in the vaseline before I screwed the American people this time". I guess he figured that he won't be in office again so he better get what he can while he can. I would like to put term limits on the Congressmen and Senators. And when they put a bill they are not able to exclude themselves from it ie..Obama Care. And if the Congressmen and Senators want to fly private they pay out of their paychecks. I would bet they would be carpooling. As for our dumbazz Pres and VP, I think when they spent excessively like 4 million to play golf with Tiger and 500k for a night in Paris then the taxpayers should be able to file a lawsuit against them for theft of tax money.



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