VP Biden drops $459,000 on ONE NIGHT in a London hotel
New documents show that Vice President Joe Biden spent nearly half a million dollars on just one night in the London Hyatt Regency
When US Vice President Joe Biden came to London, reports were filled with his 'gaffing' across Europe.
Notably, Biden called the UK-US alliance an "open relationship", claimed to have spent "half his life" on the US National Security Council, when indeed he has only served on it for four years, and mistakenly referred to Poland instead of Portugal when giving a speech on debt and the Eurozone.
Still, US taxpayers may not have truly understood the full implications of Biden's visit until yesterday, when cost details were released about his one night in London, and his one night in Paris.
Staying at the Hyatt Regency in London, Biden and his entourage managed to rack up a bill of $459,388.65, buying up approximately 136 hotel rooms for 893 'room nights'.
His night at the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand cost American taxpayers $585,000.50.
"Bet that's a lot of White House tours," tweeted Brad Dayspring, strategist for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, reffering to the fact that the Obama adminstration has stopping tours at the White House due to the recent budget sequester.
"This is interesting on many levels," notes Dr. James Boys, a US historian at the Kings College London. "One would have expected him to stay at the Ambassador's residence in Regent's Park. Not only is it a secure, central location but also the largest privately owned property in central London (depending on how you judge the 'ownership' of Buckingham Palace). Either way it's a totally unnecessary expense at a time of a $17 trillion deficit."
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