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.
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 But it’s not at all clear why, given that he no longer represents Delaware, he must return there so frequently.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 thoughts on “As VP, Biden Has Been Flying To Delaware on the Weekends”
Only thing I’ve seen that makes any sense. Just amazing how these politicians walk all over the American populace, even the 2%ers as they enjoy focusing on…..
The Administration is an embarassment and getitng worse.
Perks come with the job makes no difference republican or democrat
They need to be curbed. Are you suggesting that the American people have to accept everything as is? Has it come to the point where the American people have no recourse to the virulent growth of power in the executive branch?
There are 2 people I would like to meet:
Joe’s Podiatrist – A miracle worker with lots of practice extracting the VPs foot from mouth.
Joe’s Handler – Even if the VP’s comments/name/actions keep popping up bet the handler is smart, just overworked. I am sure the handler can only cover half of the issues focusing on big problems that come up. What scary is if what we are see are the lower priority issues the big problems have got to be real show stoppers.
Don’t worry. I’m sure ol’ Joe will find a way to make the trains more expensive.
Yeah, and the 1 million dollar hotel bill for one day each in London and Paris! I wonder how many federal worker furlough days paid for that boondoggle!
341 to be exact
Keep the bastard from going to Paris also.
But is the First Traveler giving up her treks?
The are all “Fellow Travelers”.
There are plenty of dive bars in Washington Joe, not need to travel to Delaware to visit your favorite watering hole or should I say watering Ho
I do not get these Administration politicians. Why is it necessary to live anywhere but DC when you are VP or a cabinet head? Where is the public service in expecting taxpayers to spend millions every week to give these people a trip home for the weekend?
I SWEAR , THIS GUY HAS BEEN GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER THESE LAST TEN YEARS AND ESPECIALLY THESE LAST FIVE YEARS, WITH
HIS STUPID GAFFES, AND IGNORANCE HIS FOUL LANGUAGE WITH THE PRESIDENT AND OTHER POLITICIANS AND HIS CRAZY ANTICS. TO THINK THAT HE IS ONLY A HEART BEAT AWAY FROM BEING THE PRESIDENT, NOT THAT IS ANY CHALLENGE TODAY, IF YOU PLAY BASKETBALL, GOLF, AND EAT ICE CREAM…BUT THE DYSFUNCTIONAL PEOPLE THAT VOTED FOR HIM AGAIN ARE DEFINITELY INSANE…..
I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!!! THEY ARE ALL BLOODSUCKERS.
The Democrats will continue to spend because they see nothing wrong with it. But if the Repubs did it there would be fireworks. Gee, WHO really has the best interests of the nation at hand? Hmmmmmmmm?
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Well, he can be driven with secret service escort or protection for much less $$$. It’s only a three-hour drive from DC !!!
Only because it was exposed what he was doing, do they take any action… If they could have kept it hidden (open & transparent ha) it would continue.
When it is not your MONEY is it that easy to spend….
If he’s using AF2, does he have to clear it with Michelle Lavaughn beforehand? I would think week-ends at the Animal House, aka the former People’s House, pose a problem at Andrews AFB with all the air traffic involved with shuttling Granny, the kidlets, the nieces and nephews, the ChiTown cronies, the golfing cronies, the party guests…you get the picture.
Take the “A” train, Joe. And buy a one way ticket.
Come on, people. You’ve put up with this guy’s incipient dementia all this time. You know he’s too stupid to take public transportation anymore. We’d be spending a fortune finding and returning him every weekend.
I recall that his favorite pork measure is subsidizing the Amtrak DC to Delaware line. Wannabet we’ll see news of a private car?
I thought he took the train…what a shock to find out he takes a plane for a 30 minute ride. I guess it was a hissy fit that made him spend approx. a million dollars in taxpayer money for this trip to London and Paris. Why do people think Biden and the Obama’s are the champions of the Poor? Unless it is because they are trying to make all of us poor….making sure none of us can ever take a vacation again, yeah, that must be why.
Vay-what? I am not familiar with that term.
I think he can afford his own fllights home. And besides he is on the taxpayers dole for the hundreds of thousands of dollars it costs to send him to other places.
We seem to have a king and a royal court and they are above the law. And American elected them to be their tyrants.
I bet luch box joe will take the train insted! he’s just one of us, righ?
Poor Slow Joe … he has to “slum it” like we normal Americans.
In the words of Nelson Muntz..
We’re all just polishing brass on the Titanic.
Maybe he’ll sequester us out of debt ! How about paying back 400K $ hotel bill in London! Why not just give administrative leave – – doubtful that services would be missed and he could live off his retirement – – instead of ours !
Shut up F…up and do something about it!! WASTE!!
We need the money to give to all those in the near east that hate us. If you have not figured out by now that Obama is intentionaly wrecking this country with the help of a congress with its head up it’s a…. then you are a tad slow.
I’d cry you a river, Joey, but even with sequestration, the EPA demands an environmental impact report and the IRS will tax the tears.
I think it is time that we the people put a stop to all of the exotic perks that these politicians abuse. As far as I am concerned, these folks can fly on commercial jets, business class. They can also go through security like everyone else, except the Muslims. Taxi cabs and rental cars are also appropriate for them. As far as these pricey vacations are concerned, for my part, these clowns can stay at a Motel 8 somewhere and they can pay for the travel expenses of their entourages. These people have become accustomed to living the high life because the taxpayers have been stupid enough to continue paying for it. It’s time all of this extravagance stopped.
WHEN OH WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET RID OF THESE BLOODSUCKERS???
Well, if our ‘President’ isn’t going to use it -and- if they get it running again, maybe old Joe can borrow ‘the Beasts’. With a police escort ‘the Beast’ could probably make the trip in 45 minutes. With EZPASS he wouldn’t even have to stop to pay tolls.
A mere pittance, compared to the $1 million dollars the taxpayers spent of TWO NIGHTS at hotels. One night in Paris and one night in London, over $1 MILLION DOLLARS….. why is no one calling him on this amid the sequestration.
Yes–that is only a little more than a nite in a hospital.
If it’s not official business travel, as in he’s not on actual business as the Vice President, then the taxpayers should not fund it. Period. If Biden would like to fly home on weekends, fine. He should do it entirely on his own dime.
It’s hard to decide – get that bum out of the District to the infinite if temporary improvement of government at any cost, or make the Sod stay at home and quit wasting our tax dollars. With Biden, any course is loose-loose. The best thing would get him and SOB (no, not that – it stands for Son of Barrack), impeached and sentenced to measure global warming in Antarctica.
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I’ll tell you where the coup needs to be, and it’s not against the Am. people.
The good captain makes a compelling arguement…and I don’t hear the DH”SS” offering any assurances that this is perfectly normal behavior in a free society.
I do not believe tax payers should have to pay for the most expensive method when a cheaper and safe method is available.
I’m thinking of a circus cannon and a bike helmet.
Even a Marine Helicopter would cost less than AF2
actually, they cost allot more per hour. 15K for the larger VH-60 Blackhawk model.
Obama, Biden, Janet Napolitano, and Pelosi all need to be impeached. They are all liars and crooks!
good thing if he stays home we wont have a big travel bill, think about it if he stays home we could balance the budget
There are lots of commercial flights every day, and we all take them. Let him buy a ticket like all of America does. And go thru the grope thing.
Since he is no longer using Amtrak, can we stop propping the trains up? That would save Billions.
These elected officials can pay for their own transportation and vacations, etc. period.
He doesn’t give a darn about us. He is part of the ROYAL ruling class and the heck with the peasants.
Oops. I omitted the former Def. Secretary’s name. It’s Leon Panetta.
WE SHOULDN’T BE PAYING FOR THEIR WEEKEND COMMUTES ANY DAMN WAY. It’s absurd that these demagogues believe they’re entitled, who do the think they are anyway. CEO’s?
How about we stuff Biden into one of those cannons you see at the Circus and launch him to Delaware. Set up a BIG net at his home and then he’ll just land in it.
If he misses, no big deal.
and I’d love to be able to afford a new mattress!
Everyday its something new with these brain dead,greedy,arrogant liberals.We have the undereducated,toy and trinket leeches of the left being let loose to vote for complete idiots.After all, they do relate to them,and the more bizarre the left ‘leaders’ become,the more the blubbering,whining,moaning,and groaning increases with these pinheads.Good has become bad,and bad has become good.But do not ask a half wit lib to comment on that,they love their bloodsucking lives.They have no qualms about spending our money.And when they see the Muslim prince,the braindead Biden,the dingbat Pelosi,and the weasel Reed,throwing values and morals to the wind,it makes not one whit of diffference to their blind followers however.As long as the free ‘stuff’ keeps coming their way what difference does it make if they have become sub human,which is just another way to describe LIBERALS.So go ahead dimwits,you have your so called lifestyle. When real Americans have had everything taken away,it means no more free ride to all of you lazy pieces of crap.And it isnt to hard to predict where all the whining and complaining will come from.Well,its to late,even now its too late.Its all yours,you own every bit.You voted for a clown,and you got the whole circus.Good job idiots.
Another punch to the gut of the peasant-taxpayer class!!!
That’s because they see us as only cattle.
I notice that he didn’t give up nights in European hotels that cost us taxpayers
a MILLION BUCKS! Joe doesn’t have enough sense to talk his way out of a bathroom.
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