8:14 AM, Jul 13, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
As he has for much of his post-presidency, Bill Clinton was on the road again in June, traveling to Europe at the end of the month for various conferences and other public appearances. After a few days in London, the president popped over to Paris for a day or two to shop at Hermès, a well-known luxury boutique. Such trips, however, do not come cheap. Hotel contracts for the president's Secret Service team for the Paris leg of the trip alone came to over $48,000.
The main focus of Mr. Clinton's European trip appears to have been a keynote address at the 2015 Conference on Inclusive Capitalism, an encore of his 2014 appearance. However, the president also headlined the Walkabout Foundation's Inaugural Gala at London's Natural History Museum. (The Walkabout Foundation is a non-profit that funds research on paralysis and donates wheelchairs to needy people worldwide.) Included among the guests at the Gala were Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana of currently beleaguered nation of Greece. President Clinton also visited east London charity UK City Year during his stay in the United Kingdom's capital.
While President Clinton's London stop included numerous public appearances, the Paris visit seems to have been more personal in nature. While People magazine reported his excursion to Hermès, the president eschewed the press for most of his time in the City of Lights. His activities did not go completely unnoticed, however, with Twitter users reporting his presence at the Four Seasons Hotel George V and on an unidentified sidewalk in the city.
Though the president was reportedly spotted at the Paris Four Seasons, the two hotels for the Secret Service detail were the Hotel de Sers (five stars) and the Hotel Edouard 7 (four stars):
FPOTUS CLINTON - ACCOMMODATION FOR USSS AGENTS
Current Contract Value: $24,169
HOTEL DE SERS
FPOTUS CLINTON ACCOMMODATION FOR USS AGENTS
Current Contract Value: $24,487
HOTEL EDOUARD 7
Last week, Liz Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon reported on a contract with Biribin Limousines in Paris that came to $8,852 for vehicles for the Secret Service related to the president's visit.
Contracts for hotels and vehicles for the Secret Service for the London leg of the president's trip have not yet been posted, but are likely to be substantial as well. As THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported last month, Secret Service hotel and vehicle contracts for the Clinton's Dominican Republic vacation six months ago topped $210,000.
12:01 AM, Jul 11, 2015 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Pope, President, Prices and Paris. That covers just about everything you need to know about the next step in the battle to prevent what has come to be called climate change, the title now preferred to “global warming” by those who worry that CO2 emissions are causing, er, global warming.
1:34 PM, Feb 10, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
President Obama referred to the Islamic terrorists who killed several French Jews last month as people who "randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris" in an interview with liberal website Vox.com. In Tuesday's press briefing, ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl asked White House press secretary Josh Earnest to clarify the president's position on the terrorists' motivation to attack the kosher supermarket.
1:15 PM, Jan 18, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama's former defense secretary and former head of the CIA, Leon Panetta, said this morning on CNN that we've entered into "a much more dangerous chapter" of the war on terror:
“I don’t think there’s any question. I think what we’re seeing ... is a much more aggressive chapter and a much more dangerous chapter in terms of the war on terrorism,” Panetta told CNN's Fareed Zakaria.
8:25 AM, Jan 16, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Paris Friday in what was billed as a show of solidarity with the French people after terrorists attacked last week. The former Massachusetts senator brought fellow Bay Stater and singer-songwriter James Taylor to sing a slightly off-key rendition of "You've Got a Friend" to a Parisian audience. Watch the video below:
12:09 PM, Jan 15, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
John Kerry is going to France today to give "a big hug to Paris," a week after the brutal terrorist attacks there.
His plan is "to share a big hug with Paris and express the affection of the American people for France and for our friends there who have been through a terrible time," he told reporters today in Bulgaria.
And Declare 'Islam Has a Problem.'9:05 AM, Jan 14, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, will give a major foreign policy address next week in London. According to early excerpts of the address, Jindal will use the speech to bash Hillary Clinton, the likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, and to go after radical Islam in wake of last week's Paris terrorist attacks.
10:01 PM, Jan 13, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House won't be calling jihadists adherents to "radical Islam." At least, that's the reasonable take away from this extraordinary exchange the White House press secretary had today with a reporter:
3:22 PM, Jan 13, 2015 • By JONATHAN SPYER
Under a cloudless Jerusalem sky, a crowd of thousands gathered at the cemetery at Givat Shaul on Tuesday, to bury the four Jews murdered at the Hyper Cacher in Paris. Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, and Francois-Michel Saada were laid to rest in Har Hamenuhot, on the approach to Jerusalem from the west.
Hosted by Michael Graham.2:48 PM, Jan 13, 2015 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on Islamist terror, the Paris vigil, and President Obama's absence.
9:21 PM, Jan 12, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House spokesman Josh Earnest offered this excuse to explain why President Obama skipped the weekend rally in Paris: it would've impacted "common citizens."
"[H]ad the circumstances been a little bit different, I think the President himself would have liked to have had the opportunity to be there," Earnest said, after saying the White House should've sent a person of higher profile than just the U.S. ambassador to France.
3:32 PM, Jan 12, 2015 • By FRANK LAVIN
The terrorist attacks last week in Paris and the debate over the French government response brought back a simple discussion I had a few years ago regarding the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
2:08 PM, Jan 12, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House press secretary Josh Earnest told the press today he doesn't know what President Obama was doing while world leaders gathered in Paris yesterday to rally:
12:20 PM, Jan 12, 2015 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
The terrorist attacks in Paris were nightmarish in many ways, but perhaps the most worrisome news to come out of the Charlie Hebdo affair is that followers of a “pure” al Qaeda affiliate – al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula – and of ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – worked together.