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. The vice president, his wife, and his entourage arrived in Turkey via Ukraine Friday evening around 7:30 local time for meetings with President Erdogan and other government officials. Biden departed for Washington, D.C. Sunday after meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The stay in Turkey alone racked up a hotel bill of approximately $624,734.
The notice of the hotel contract was posted online uncharacteristically quickly, appearing on the very day of Biden's departure from Turkey. The documents called for 200 rooms and one large conference room at the Hilton Harbiye in Istanbul:
Numerous other hotels were considered but not deemed suitable due to various reasons including lack of sufficient rooms, distance from planned events, and even ongoing renovations at one facility.
Documents related to lodging for the the Moroccan and Ukrainian legs of Biden's trip have not yet been posted.
9:13 AM, Oct 3, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden sought sympathy with the vice president of the Harvard student body about being second in command: "Isn't it a bitch?" He clarified, "the vice president thing."
Video via Andrew Kaczynski of BuzzFeed.
9:09 PM, Feb 25, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
During a celebration of African-American History Month, Vice President Joe Biden said, "I may be a white boy, but I can jump." The comments were made at Biden's home, the Naval Observatory.
Via the pool report:
8:21 AM, Dec 5, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden talked up the pool reporter covering him in China today to the vice president of China. According to the pool report, Biden told the Chinese VP that "he is a very important man. Seriously he is important."
8:11 AM, Oct 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The federal government has shutdown. So what does this mean for the White House? Vice President Joe Biden keeps 12 staffers and President Barack Obama keeps 129.
As the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday, in preparation for a government shutdown:
6:40 AM, Jul 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden surprised a man in Singapore when he sat next to him today. It was a surprise because the guy didn't recognize Biden.'
The man asked after Biden had joined him at a table for a photo-op, "Who is he?"
The report comes from the pool report.
8:31 AM, Jan 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden has taken the oath of office for the second time. "At 8:21am, Joe Biden took the oath of office for a second term a Vice President, surrounded by family at the VP residence at the Naval Observatory," the pool reporter notes.
7:36 AM, Oct 12, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
During the vice presidential debate, Paul Ryan reiterated his opposition to abortion. Joe Biden explained that he’s personally opposed to abortion but doesn’t believe in protecting the unborn. President Obama has previously expressed his own position, which might best be described as not being opposed to abortion either personally or as a matter of policy (see the first 30 seconds of this clip):
But contradicts himself by relying on intel community regarding Iran.12:50 AM, Oct 12, 2012 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Among the many charges and countercharges at the vice presidential debate here Thursday, two points from Vice President Joe Biden stand out.
12:06 AM, Oct 12, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
You don’t win a nationally televised debate by being rude and obnoxious. You don’t win by interrupting your opponent time after time after time or by being a blowhard. You don’t win with facial expressions, especially smirks or fake laughs, or by pretending to be utterly exasperated with what your opponent is saying.
7:21 PM, Oct 11, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In email to supporters, Vice President Joe Biden promises tonight to "tell the truth and stand up for what we believe in." The subject line of Biden's email reads, "My promise to you and Barack tonight."
"I told Barack I have one mission tonight: tell the truth and stand up for what we believe in," writes Vice President Biden. "Our side is always going to win when we do that."
Biden then portrays himself and President Barack Obama as underdogs. He writes, " But, Daniel, take a look at what we're up against this week:"
9:40 AM, Aug 24, 2012 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
"Joe Biden," wrote the editorialists of the Salt Lake Tribune four years ago, “is smart, articulate, and blunt.” Well, grant our Utah colleagues this much: One out of three is better than nothing.
12:02 PM, Aug 16, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama's closest political adviser, David Axelrod, would not rule out dropping Vice President Joe Biden from this year's presidential ticket when asked about the rumors this morning on MSNBC.
"All right. David, it's Sam Stein," said the Huffington Post writer to Axelrod. "I''m guessing you're not taking John McCain's advice to drop him and put Hillary Clinton? But a more serious question --"