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As VP, Biden Has Been Flying To Delaware on the Weekends

Vice President Biden has been flying home to Wilmington, Delaware most weekends at enormous expense to taxpayers, even though he has an exclusive government-provided residence in Washington.

Biden himself acknowledged the flights during recent remarks to the National Association of Attorneys General, noting that the sequester would force him to temporarily alter his expensive habit and use the train instead.

Not fit for the weekends
Not fit for the weekends

According to reports, Biden generally uses Air Force Two to get to Wilmington.

The cost of flying Air Force Two, a military version of the Boeing 757-200, amounts to about $8,800 per hour, according to the most recent federal data.

The distance between Washington and Wilmington is only about a hundred miles, but it’s safe to assume that between flying time and the time spent on the takeoff and landing, the total flight takes at least 45 minutes. That would amount to a roundtrip cost to taxpayers of about $13,200.

This price still is conservative, though, because it doesn’t include the cost of transporting Biden to and from the plane, both in Washington and Delaware.

Biden, who rode Amtrak trains back and forth to Wilmington on weekends for years as a senator, said he was forced by the Secret Service to use air transport instead of the train when he became vice president. But it’s not at all clear why, given that he no longer represents Delaware, he must return there so frequently.

Biden has family in Delaware and reportedly also likes to golf at an exclusive club there. But in an era of soaring debt, he had been making a choice to spend thousands of taxpayers dollars to accomodate a personal predilection.

Millions of American work in cities that they don’t call home, but few can afford the expense of returning to their ancestral grounds regularly.

And none can rest their heads on pillows at the beautiful vice president’s mansion at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington.

331 Responses to As VP, Biden Has Been Flying To Delaware on the Weekends

    • Actually, I think Biden has said he would rather have been taking the train all along, but that the Secret Service had been insisting on him using the plane.

        • It is an abomination. The Secret Svc.and the VP should be asked why he returns to Delaware every weekend at taxpayer expense.

          Yes, he could take a smaller plane or maybe even a hclicopter if flying is considered safer than taking the train. Frankly, he should take the train and pay for it himself if necessary.

          But, why go to Delaware. He has a large and spacious house provided for him on Mass. Ave. in NW Wash. If he doesn’t use it on weekends, maybe someone else could – or it should be sold.

          When will these people realize that they simply cannot spend hard-earned taxpayer money for their own pleasure or convenience?

        • because it is our money. If it was his he probably would. when he paid you didn’t see him flying back and forth. He could drive it in 2 hours or less. and that is only at 50 mph

      • If the Secret Service insists on him using a plane, why can’t he use a smaller plane for such a short distance as Otis mentioned below? Probably because he’s a pig, like most of our ruling class.

      • what about booking 100+ rooms in a paris 5 star hotel? that includes 2 presidential suites and cost us almost 600,000.

        how about 25 rooms (or so) for biden and his secret service. the rest of the team is sent out with a governmnet per diem and finds their own rooms. 100s of 1000s saved. this is justin bieber like behaviour. its acceptable from him, its his money. from our vice president it is UNACCEPTABLE, because its OUR money!

        • Dan, I seriously doubt the secret service is forcing him to use the plane. From what I’ve read, he feels he’s entitled to use what ever he wants regardless of the cost. I’m amazed at how obama/biden supporters make excuses for those two no matter what they say or do.

        • What stopped “PLUGS” and his wife to stay and have an overnight at the residence of the US Ambassador both in London and in Paris? That’s what decent government officials in high office do, but libtards, free loaders like PLUGS prefer to live on the dole as long as they do not have to pay for these escapades themselves.

          • Something being overlooked when describing the cost of flying any of our “cherubs” is overlooking whether or not that aircraft must stay available for Biden at the Delaware airport or does that aircraft after dropping him off for the weekend, return to its “point of origin”? Then when Biden wants to return to Washington, the aircraft must be flown back to pick him up and return. What you have are four (4) flights of that aircraft, just so he can go home!

            Next, depending upon whether or not the aircraft stays and waits for him over the weekend, there is the expense of the crew to fly and all of the required support that must be added.

            Also, does he travel in a “Beast” like Obama does? If so, then you need a C-5A aircraft that carries all of the “junk” to move him around on the ground. Add the cost of that aircraft and all the “junk” to his bill too and multiply it times the number of trips back and forth, just for a weekend home.

            The same thing occurs for Obama too, plus a second Boeing 747 as backup in case their are problems with the one he flew in on. Oh, then, there are the incidents of idiots who fill up a vehicle with diesel. I wonder if they brought that back, dropped the fuel tank and engine out in their living room to repair the damage? Your taxes pay for these guys!

            Do your remember continental flights, such as from Washington, D.C. to the Vatican and back or even Baghdad; and Dick Cheney slept aboard the aircraft? He didn’t stop in Paris or London!

          • I have seen Biden’s “AF2” parked at the Air National Guard base at New Castle County Airport, Delaware.
            I think he drives up to his mansion in Greenville, Delaware in a SS Suburban with state police escort.

      • Train or Plane, why should the taxpayer foot the bill for this dimwit’s personal travel? He gets free room and board that would rival any five star hotel and he bills us because he’s homesick.

      • And the Secret Service are employees of …


        The office of the president.

        Funny how Boozy Joe from County Delaware listens to the Secret Service but ignores the voice of the American public. Except that subcult that thinks like he thinks, of course.

        • And, don’t forget that former Defense Secretary frequently flew home from Wash.D.C. to California and then back to D.C. on weekends for private purposes. Naturally, this was at taxpayer expense.

          Did Bush administration cabinet secretaries use govt. planes for their own purposes – at taxpayer expense – like this? Somebody should look into it and actually report who did it, what it cost – and whether it’s legal. If it’s legal, it should be banned from now on.

          • the thing about Panetta (former SecDef) is he used a smaller aircraft traveling btwn coasts. This was an agreement btwn him and BO for taking the job. He was even doing it when he was CIA Director. However, when NancyP was Speaker of the House, she usually traveled on a larger C-141 cargo plane fitted out for flying senior officials. She used to drive the WH Air command crazy. And when she flew she had friends and staff fly with her btwn coasts. Remember it was also a booze flight, as other sites have posted copies of the bills.

            It has been reported that during GWB’s term(s) there were flights by cabinet members, but none as crazy as this.

        • oops – I travelled both Turnpike fro Princeton to Manhattan for 10 years, and for nearly that time by train….of course what I’m talking about for Biden is I95 south thru Philly to Washington. Not a big commute, by train or car; he used to do it four days a week I believe when he was a mere senator….

      • @Dan: That’s all fine and dandy, but why all the trips back there anyway? The same goes for Mr and Mrs Obama….lavish trips, separate plains, all in a time when the taxpayers can ill afford it. Classic example of elitist attitudes. As the President, he is certainly entitled to take a vacation. That, I am not begrudging him. But what galls people is the flagrant disregard for the average American, and the blatant hypocrisy of telling us that “rich people” need to pay their “fair share”. Yep, fair share of his vacation bills. While most people choose to stay home due to high cost of fuel, plane tickets, food, etc, the Obamas think nothing of ritzy European vacations and separate planes to Hawaii. There is no way I could sleep at night if I knew my fellow citizens, who put me in office, were on food stamps and unemployment, foreclosure, or loan modifications. I just don’t get it. Where’s the compassion?

      • Dan is the perfect example of getting a trophy for sitting on the bench as a kid, playing Soccer…

        Everyone deserves trophy! And Biden deserves the benefit of the doubt!


    • Before the ‘debate’ with Paul Ryan, I’d always thought of Biden as ‘Harmless Uncle Joe’. But the guy’s nothing more than a vicious, disgusting, lying politician…just like his boss.

      • Stevie, I NEVER considered Biden a pleasant chappie….remember how he lashed into Bolton’s candidacy for ambassador to the UN and before that to Justice Thomas nomination for the Supreme Court. And orthers….always flashing his trademark shark teeth smile. So you got it right, finally!

    • Don’t forget this Ahole also rents the cottage at his house to the Secret Service. Guess he feels entitled the same way all the other “grasshoppers” to take from the working ants. :-(

      In between keeping Vice President Biden and his family safe, the Secret Service is also cutting him a rent check every month.
      The Secret Service pays the vice president $2,200 per month to rent a cottage next to his waterfront home outside Wilmington, Del., has confirmed.

  1. Joe Robinette aka Rip Van Winkle does not need to fly home every weekend. Golf courses are everywhere, and for someone who just plays at golf, any course will do. Use a smart phone to keep in touch. He’s asleep on the job most of the time, and only wakes up for TV appearances with his boss. No one knows what he has accomplished as VP…obviously, little to nothing. Another freeloader on the taxpayers’ dime.

    • We could save a lot more money if we made the VP bunk with the Obamas at the WH. Sell off the Observatory home, then I won’t care what Biden did on the weekends ;)

      Of course, it would be much cheaper for the Biden family to come down for visits too. Looks like there’s enough room.

  2. What a waste of tax dollars. Combine that with the IRS Star Trek and Gilligan’s Island parodies, multimillion dollar tv studios, Preezy playing golf and flitting around the US on official or personal travel, high priced conventions in Vegas or Hawaii and you have a city full of politicians that have no desire to cut spending or taxes, their only priority is to advance their enjoyment of the job perks.

    • I’m still in shock over Dreadul Debbie WS weeping due to the Sequester
      is ‘starving’ the staffers out of a good meal. Oh the humanity $2 for a
      bowl of bean soup? Brother can you spare me a dime the starving staffers make $60-$100 grand. A telethon perhaps I’m sure the Hollywood crowd would show. Has does she have time with her vacation to Isreal and all she’s a wonder:-(

      • I first saw this story on Michelle Malkin’s blog. Debbie must be double, perhaps triple jointed. She can put her foot in her mouth from more angles than I thought humanly possible. I feel sorry for people like the school district worker from Indiana who talked with Rush on Friday. Her salaried hours have been cut due to Obamacare AND she was told to expect a 100%+ increase in her health insurance. Who cares if DD’s staff people can’t afford kobe burgers anymore?

      • They should do what I did when I was poor, get a $5 foot-long at Subway and eat half for lunch and the other half for dinner. Works wonderfully, even if the daily menu is somewhat boring. But you can fill up and get fed well that way.

        • I did that once fell at home alone nobody to bring food took my last
          $7 and got a sub and a bag of chips delivered ate for 3 days on that yummy meal…very filling.

      • it was interesting. im not sure if she has ever quite caught onto the concept of a supermarket and preparing their own food vs buying every meal out in a restaurant. most americans cant afford to eat out every night either.

    • Let’s not forget Obama and his wife take separate vacations. What’s wrong in that marriage? That costs us taxpayers way more money too. But hey it’s not coming out of their pocket is it?

  3. Maybe we’re missing something here. Both the Obamas and the Bidens use any old excuse not to be in the homes we provide for them for some reason.
    It could be the reported stench that seems to hover over the DC area that makes them want to be elsewhere, or we, as landlords, have been remiss in upkeep or adding modern conveniences to their homes.

    A fact-finding committee should be formed to inspect the premises and put forth reasonable improvements that meet all EPA, TSA, FBI, CIA, DEA, ATF, DOD, DOH, and, ACA requirements for all government employee housing.

    • Maybe it’s simpler than that, Srdem65. Perhaps they just can’t stand to be around their wives. Or their wives can’t stand to be around THEM…

      But your right, by all means, have the NIH commision a study on the migratory habits of the wandering liberal. Work in something about lesbians, and you’ll be SURE to cash in!

      After all, lesbian studies seem to be sequester-proof;

      “Public health study spends $1.5million to find out why ‘three-quarters of lesbians are obese’
      National Institutes of Health awarded funding to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to examine link between sexual orientation and obesity
      Project called of ‘high public health significance'”

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      Or this;

      “Apparently, there’s not just an obesity epidemic among lesbian women, but also a plague of alcoholism.

      Since 2009, the University of Illinois has been receiving federal grants for a study called, “Cumulative Stress and Hazardous Drinking in a Community of Adult Lesbians.” A description of the grant states,”

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      Marvelous! This is DEFINITELY the WORST problem facing our Republic in 2013, and DESERVES TO BE UNTOUCHED BY ANY BUDGET CUT!

      After all, most people don’t want to see fat, drunken lesbians, although I bet we could find some porn sales figures to refute that…

      HEY! Maybe Jill and Michelle are gay! Nah, both too self-involved. But you could STILL get grant money to STUDY if they are, yes?

      Get on the bus! The Government pays it freinds well…

    • You are on to something, the Obamas and Bidens want to make it look as if the Presidency and Vice Presidency are shameful offices that they have to hold in order to free the people from our historic government system. Obama is the “shining one” who flies about and is still down and among the people despite having won the crown. They are anti-American and avoiding the White House is a signal to their liberal supporters.

  4. Malia and Sasha on Spring Break now til April 2. Haven’t seen mom lately, wonder where they’re off to ?

    Of course, for security reasons, I don’t need details, but doubt they’re hanging around DC ? It’s still ski season in the Rockies :D

    • I’ve been waiting for this Spring Break because remember where Malia was spotted last year? Mexico, along with how many SS agents and WH staffers? We were told it was a private class trip and then EVERY single article about it mysteriously disappeared from the net. The WH finally admitted to “requesting” the articles be removed “due to security reasons”.

      So, will any media outlet have the nerve to report on where Princess Malia is this year on Spring Break?

    • Yes, I’ve been wondering why New-Girly-Wig-W-Bangs Meesh is flying so low — cosmetic surgery? liposuction? just tired of pretending to care?

  5. Look for more of this type of thing the deeper we get into “Dear Leader” territory. Something like this;

    “What kind of houses do dictators live in? U.S. magazine Foreign Policy on Wednesday featured the sumptuous homes and lifestyles of tyrants around the world including North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

    Under the title “Lifestyles of the Rich and Tyrannical,” the magazine said Kim is “thought to have two residences in Pyongyang as well as 10 country chalets throughout North Korea — and there are probably more if you include the country estates that belonged to his late father Kim Il-sung. Many of these are reportedly connected to each other by private underground rail lines.”

    One of his largest homes is a seven-story tower on the beach, “with three stories beneath the ocean’s surface” in South Hamgyong Province.

    The tower features “separate floors for Kim’s family members and a unique underwater viewing room,” it said. “At another one of his estates, Kim is thought to enjoy body-boarding in an indoor wave pool, accompanied at all times by a young female doctor and nurse.”

    Kim is also known for “throwing lavish, all-night drinking parties for his top officials, usually including a bevy of scantily clad young women.” According to brandy maker Hennessy, Kim ordered more than half a million dollars worth of cognac in the 1990s alone.”
    Or like this. If you read the first line, it’s like it says “Coming to a nation YOU live in VERY SOON”!

    “Country: Tunisia

    Lifestyle: There are a number of factors that led to the week of street protests and riots that overwhelmed President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s regime in January 2011, including widespread unemployment, rising food prices, and restrictions on civil liberties. But one major source of Tunisians’ widespread rage was the conspicuous consumption of Ben Ali’s extended family, particularly the relatives of his second wife, Leila Trabelsi. “No, no to the Trabelsis who looted the budget” was a popular chant among the hundreds of mostly young men who took to the streets of the coastal resort of Hammamet — where the Trabelsis have built a number of opulent beachfront estates — as they ransacked mansions, burned all-terrain vehicles, and even liberated a horse from its stable.

    The opulent lifestyles of Ben Ali’s relatives were laid bare in a series of U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, particularly one describing a dinner at the home of his son-in-law, Mohamed Sakhr el-Materi. Materi’s Hammamet mansion featured, among other luxuries, “an infinity pool and a terrace of perhaps 50 meters.” Roman artifacts, which the host insisted were real, abounded, including a “lion’s head from which water pours into the pool.” The ambassador and his wife were fed a massive dinner, including more than a dozen dishes and frozen yogurt flown in by plane from Saint-Tropez.

    Materi also owned a pet tiger, which he kept in a cage on his compound and consumed four chickens a day. All in all, the situation reminded U.S. Amb. Robert Codec, who had served as an advisor to the transitional government in Iraq and signed the cable, of Uday Hussein’s opulent lifestyle. ”

    Nice to have something to look FORWARD! to, yes?

    • Hmmmm…wouldn’t doubt some of this is already happening. We know the grifters penchant for partying. Now that OUR White House is closed to US, no need to awaken the late night party goers from their drunken stupor to make way for the hordes of visiting citizen tourists. The favored few will also be free to trash the treasures of our past and take photos of themselves flipping off our founding fathers with abandon.

      • Good point, Susan! I never thought about the late night orgies and the fact that the People’s House probably looks like a scene from the movie “The Hangover “every morning. That makes much more sense to me At first, I thought it was because Michelle Lavaughn didn’t want anyone to see her running around barefoot, sans wighats and makeup. I remember one interview in 2009 when she was asked if she worried about the daughters breaking any valuable antiques around the ‘House’ Her reply was…”No, but I worry about our friends breaking things”. Dead giveaway! What a bunch of pigs!!!!!!

        • How many people would even think to dance on the tables at the WH, but they do at the Obama parties. Disgusting that our WH is being trashed by people who don’t care for it or for our country. They must really have some teeth in their nondisclosure contracts for the house cleaning staff because we’re not hearing any juicy gossip yet.

  6. There once was a time when our “public servants” actually made an effort to be frugal with our taxpayer dollars. Not these spendthrifts. Lunch bucket Joe blew about a million bucks on two hotel night stays in London and Paris, and the Democrat-ruled Senate stayed up all night last night just to vote to raise our taxes by another trillion bucks. Uncle Ben can’t print money fast enough to keep up with the looters of our Treasury – America’s ruling class.

  7. For a short trip like that, why can’t he take a helicopter? It would save lots of money and could probably land him at his house instead of the airport. That would save further costs and closing of roads while he went by. These people have no common sense at all!!

  8. Vice President Joe Biden’s one-day trips to Paris and London in February cost American taxpayers more than $1 million, according to multiple reports.

    Biden and his security detail rung up a $585,000.50 tab for a single night on Feb. 4 at the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand, a luxurious five-star hotel near the Louvre Museum, The Weekly Standard reports.

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  9. Couldn’t he use a smaller plane?? And I think your cost per hour is a touch low. The C-32B model that is used as AF2 actually costs (according to 2012 DOD Aircraft Rates for other Federal Agencies) $12,493 per hour. It could be allot more as it’s a special purpose aircraft.

    Since it’s a short hop to Del, they could use a C-37B Gulfstream for $3,273.00 per hour. I would go with the jet, because the Marine VH-60N (Blackhawk model) used in the WH Helo fleet costs around $15,502 per hour.

    All of the above aircraft are a part of the WH Air Fleet.

  10. He needes to go and personally pick up his protection money in cash so no one knows how much he is getting from all the legislation he directs towards Delaware and Business’s there

  11. Go figure…arrogancex2……The Thief in Chief has given his “foot in mouth” Plagiarist “Veep” a blank check, and the lazy Liberal rabble that voted them both in as well as us just have to keep paying for it….BTW did y’all see that “Commie Cast” (Comcast) has banned all gun and ammunition ads?…..TG I live in a rural area and don’t access to those fools

  12. How exactly does the Secret Service “force” Biden to take a plane instead of a train? They take orders from him, not the other way around. The last thing any Secret Service detail has the power to do is tell the person they are guarding when, where and how they move about.

    If he wants to, Biden can just get in a car, drive to the train station and get on the train. The Secret Service might advise him not to, but if he says he’s going, they’ll just follow him.

  13. What the heck happened to his taking Amtrak?

    And…if he isn’t using the house at the Naval Observatory, I’d be happy to keep an eye on it for him!

  14. And after spending over a million bucks at two hotels in London and Paris, you would think they would get the message.

    But when you are Joe Biden or Barack Obama, you get the rock start treatment no matter how much debt you bring to your job.

  15. What amazes me, is the supidity of the Voters that put people like Biden into office. Politicians, especially Democrat politicians, have found out that being a politician means they can devise laws they can exempt themselves from while voting themselves perks that no-one in their right mind would allow if they knew about them. Of course having a Free Press that routinely sucks up to and covers for the Democrat scum, it’s no wonder few people find out about these things in the rest of the country. The answer is staring us in the face…Term limits. If they had been used prior to this, Biden may never have become vice president. My question to you, when are you going to get mad enough to do something about it like you did on the Democrats lame a$$ attempt at gun confiscation. You stopped them cold, even if it’s temporary.

  16. But this administration can still afford a $586,000 hotel bill in Paris for a one night stay for Biden? FIVE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR ONE NIGHT !???????????????? :(

  17. Didn’t this just happen during the “fiscal cliff” and he told everybody he would be taking the train home from now on instead of flying” I mean correct me if i am wrong but i am pretty sure we just went through this with this guy and he told everybody he would be taking the train. that was 3 months ago, guess he decided to keep flying, this guy is something else

  18. Another example of Washington waste and the arrogance of the obama administration. While all the Democrats whine about hurtng the little children through sequestration, they are off flyig all over the ocuntry on the government dime from Obama and Biden reight down to the new freshman congressman. Congressmen and Senators should have to fly home on their dime. We pay them to be in Washington, not flying all over the country. Every monetary crises we have comes to a head immediatley prior to a congressional “vacation” or teh president’s family holiday. If they truely represented us they would stay in DC until the problem is solved. It shows their “could-care-less” attidtude becasue it doesn’t affect them. Our country is going into the crapper and the President is off playing golf with Tiger Woods, the VP is wasting money flying back and forth to Deleware (good thing he is not from Califronia), and congress is buy making plane reservatiosn to get out of town for another extended break. If GWB did that Nancy P and Harry Ried would be calling for his impeachment. Hypocrites all!!!

  19. Anyone ever really look at good-ole Joe’s rack of teeth? I mean those teeth look like giant chicklets, and are unaturally white; they almost glow. He opens his mouth for a insincere smile and his teeth stick right out at you.

    I wonder how much the taxpayers paid for that grill? God knows that poor SOB didn’t pay for that kind of dental work.

  20. This government and the pentagon/military-industrial-complex are doing more material damage to America, and doing more to attack and murder FREEDOM, then any terrorist could hope to do in their wildest dreams.

  21. How can a man who been in government his whole life afford this House. ANSWER,he steals from the USA TAX PAYERS,like Two night hotel stay @ One Million dollars. d@m worthless Liar.

  22. But, hey, Uncle Joe is just one of us. Actually, I can see the wisdom of using AF2 instead of the train. The train would be a much easier target so it’s really a security issue. Seems to me that Uncle Joe could use one of those smaller jets that are just lying around for gov’t oligarchs to use. If money was the issue, that’s a solution. But alas, the sequester has caught up with Joe. What a joke, just like the Easter egg hunt. It’s all show. What has The One given up? Nada.

  23. He may have to relinquish his flights home but he just got even with the taxpayers with his million dollar trip to London and Paris. He is as stupid as he appears.

  24. Just how long will we accept the insult to our intelligence regarding sequestration? THERE ARE NO CUTS, just a tiny cut to their increase over last year. Yet they insult us daily with closings and cancellations. If they paid for it last year, the money is there this year with a 5 percent increase. THROW these thugs out NOW.

  25. Argh – Grammar really DOES matter.
    You wrote “the beautiful vice president’s mansion”, which means “the mansion of the beautiful VP Biden”.
    I really HOPE you meant “the beautiful vice-presidential mansion”!
    BTW, your site says: “the best way to reach me is by email using the form below”, but there IS NO FORM below…

  26. The Vice President has a home for nearly four more years. It is called the Naval Observatory. He worked for a long time to acquireit. If he wants a second home, why on earth should the taxpayers pay for it? Sequestration, the president’s brilliant idea, is hitting a lot of people harder than it is Joe Biden..

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