I thought Bidens abscence from the news was because (He) Obama, doesn't want him to run for any public office. But instead Smoky Joe leads the life of a "humble" ordinary Joe. Forwarded to me by a friend. Merle
Joe Biden's humble life
Take the time to read this; you will not believe it!
Every Friday the Vice President takes a helicopter designated as Marine Two
from the vice president's residence in northwest Washington to Joint Base
Andrews in Maryland.
He then hops on Air Force Two to fly back to his home in Delaware. At the
end of the weekend, he returns on Air Force Two, usually a Boeing C-32.
On Saturdays in warm weather, Biden regularly returns to Andrews on the
airplane to play golf at the base with President Obama. After the game, he
flies back to Delaware. On Sunday evening, he returns on the plane to
Washington - all at taxpayer expense.
The Boeing C-32 is a specially configured Boeing 757-200 commercial jet. The
cost of flying the plane is $22,000 an hour, so each half-hour trip to or
from Delaware costs about $10,000. Each golf game costs taxpayers $20,000.
At that rate, the annual cost to taxpayers of Biden's weekend trips is well
over $1 MILLION. That does not include so-called deadhead flights when the
plane often flies back to Washington empty and then returns empty to pick up
In addition, the Secret Service rents more than 20 condominiums in the
Wilmington area for agents who must accompany Biden when he returns to his
home state. Rather than try to find hotel space, the Secret Service decided
to rent the condos in part because, even when he knows his schedule in
advance, Biden rarely tells agents until the last minute when he will be
returning to Wilmington beyond his weekend trips. As a result, agents cannot
plan their own lives.
A Secret Service agent says that since Air Force Two parks at Andrews, Obama
is obviously aware that Biden is running up a huge Government tab for each
game of golf they play.
Biden's press office had no comment. Asked if President Obama thinks these
costs are appropriate and why he has not questioned Biden's flying to play
golf with him at a cost of $20,000 per game, the President's press office
had no comment.
Biden's commutes have cost taxpayers at least $4 MILLION so far. After my
story ran on Newsmax, a major media outlet obtained Pentagon records
confirming the trips and costs. But so far, that outlet has not run the
story. The rest of the media have ignored it.
In addition to his salary as Vice President of $230,700, Biden has free use
of the Vice President's residence at the Naval Observatory. The Vice
President's residence is a handsome 9,150-square-foot, three-story mansion
overlooking Massachusetts Avenue NW in Washington.
Complete with pool, pool house, and indoor gym, the white brick house was
built in 1893 as the home of the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval
Observatory. Congress turned it into the official residence of the Vice
President in 1974 and gave it the address One Observatory Circle.
During the day, at least five Navy stewards attend to every personal need of
the second family, including cleaning, cooking, shopping for food and doing
Biden has portrayed himself as a regular Joe, a product of a working-class
family who takes on millionaires and Republicans who are said to be out of
touch with middle-class Americans.
Last June, Obama appointed Biden to root out wasteful Government spending.
But behind the scenes, it's a different matter.
Biden's disregard for the cost of constantly shuttling back and forth to his
home in Wilmington and his additional trips to golf with the president
betray the arrogant, contemptuous attitude we saw him display toward Ryan
during the debate.
"The White House is a character crucible," Bertram S. Brown, M.D., a
psychiatrist who formerly headed the National Institute of Mental Health,
told me for the Secret Service book. "It either creates or distorts
Few decent people want to subject themselves to the kind of grueling abuse
candidates take when they run in the first place," says Dr. Brown.
"Even if an individual is balanced, once someone becomes President, how does
one solve the conundrum of staying real and somewhat humble when one is
surrounded by the most powerful office in the land, and from becoming
overwhelmed by an, at times, pathological environment that treats you every
day as an emperor?"
The Vice President has chosen the emperor approach, revealing his true
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of <http://newsmax.com/>
Newsmax.com <http://newsmax.com/> .
He is the New York Times best selling author of books on the Secret Service,
FBI and CIA.