7:09 AM, Jan 30, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Vice President Joe Biden kicked off 2015 leading a presidential delegation to Brazil for the inauguration of Dilma Rousseff as president of that country. The vice president was only in the country on New Year's Day, for the inauguration and an hour-long meeting with Rousseff before returning to St. Croix where he rejoined his family for vacation. However, documents show that vehicles for the vice president and the rest of the delegation and entourage for the duration of their stay cost an estimated $229,358:
Although contracts for foreign VIP trips are routinely posted at the government's contracting website, the documents for this particular trip provide a rare look at the breakdown of the cost. Contained within the Justification and Approval document for the Brazil trip is a listing of the types of vehicles needed, the quantity, and the cumulative number of days the vehicles were expected to be utilized. The list includes twenty-two sedans, twenty-seven 15-passenger vans, three "box" trucks, a cargo van, a 44-passenger bus, and an SUV. The prices for all the vehicles (listed in Brazilian currency) include drivers, as well.
The White House and State Department typically do not release details of the number of persons on such trips, nor the exact duration of the stay. Advance security teams and other staff who coordinate the trips arrive early and may stay after the principals have left. However, based on a daily use of twenty-two sedans and twenty-seven 15-passenger vans, the number seems likely to be in the hundreds. Since the cargo van was estimated to be in use for thirteen days, it seems likely some U.S. personnel were in the country for about two weeks surrounding the vice president's visit on New Year's Day.Details on the hotel contract for lodging for the Brazil trip were also posted. In another rarity, the vehicle cost exceeded that of the lodging. The estimated cost for lodging at the Royal Tulip in Brasilia was $191,689.The documents do not include the number of rooms required or the duration of the stay.
'Biden the Rails: 1001 Poems Inspired by My Travels Through Amtrak's Northeast Corridor'9:02 PM, Jan 27, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden appeared to be the butt of a joke on tonight's Parks and Recreation, when a character on the show pulled out the (sadly) nonexistent Biden the Rails: 1001 Poems Inspired by My Travels Through Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, by Joe Biden:
Here's the clip:
'Wide Open on Both Sides'7:25 AM, Jan 21, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Joe Biden told ABC News this morning that there's "a chance" he'll challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. He called the race "wide-open."
2:26 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Capitalizing once again on Vice President Joe Biden's infamous hot-mic gaffe from 2010, a White House video promoting President Obama's
9:02 AM, Jan 19, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has repeatedly said he isn't set on just implementing his own agenda -- if other people have ideas, he wants to hear them.
11:44 AM, Jan 18, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Stephanie Cutter, a deputy campaign manager in President Obama's reelection campaign, said this morning on CBS that Vice President Joe Biden "would be a very good candidate" in the 2016 presidential race:
Cutter made the comment in response to a question about who will run on the Democratic side if Hillary Clinton decides to pass this time.
7:12 AM, Jan 13, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
President Obama honored the NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs, at the White House Monday, but
3:03 PM, Jan 6, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden mistakenly referred to Iowa senator Joni Ernst as Gail, the name of the senator's husband:
"Gail," Biden said greeting Senator Ernst.
"I'm Joni," said the senator, "my husband's Gail."
2:54 PM, Jan 6, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
While swearing in senators today in the Capitol, Vice President Joe Biden declared, "I like kids better than people."
Earlier, the vice president said, "I may be Irish, but I'm not stupid."
4:45 PM, Dec 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden will attend the funeral of a slain NYPD officer, the White House announced.
7:01 AM, Nov 24, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Vice President Joe Biden just returned Sunday from a three-nation trip that concluded with a 48 hour visit to Turkey.
3:01 PM, Nov 21, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
In a 2011 blog post titled "There's a New Sheriff in Town," the White House announced that Vice President Joe Biden was spearheading a new "effort to root out wasteful spending at every agency and department in the Federal Government" called the
1:11 PM, Nov 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden misstated the number of troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan by 47,000 at a Veterans Day event today at Arlington National Cemetary. Here's audio of his remarks:
11:42 AM, Nov 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden loves Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But he doesn't "agree with a damn thing you say," the vice president once told Netanyahu, whose nickname is Bibi.
10:31 AM, Nov 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama and Vice President Biden might not see eye-to-eye on immigration strategy. A hint of an apparent disagreement was on display during Obama's lunch with congressional leaders on Friday at the White House.
"The meeting was tense at times, according to a senior House Republican aide. The aide was not authorized to describe the back-and-forth publicly by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity," the Associated Press reports.