High Cost of VIP Travel: Biden's $665,545 Hotel Bill in Moscow, Obama's $450, 000 Warsaw TabSubmitted by emalvini on Sun, 06/30/2013 - 14:55
High Cost of VIP Travel: Biden's $665,545 Hotel Bill in Moscow, Obama's $450, 000 Warsaw Tab
In Copenhagen, $430,285.70 for hotel and $200,629 for limousines.
9:53 AM, JUN 29, 2013 • BY JERYL BIER
The Washington Times reports that the cost of Obama's Africa trip, estimated as high as $100 million, is overshadowing President Obama's agenda. If past VIP trips are any indication, lodging and local transportation would represent only a fraction of the $100 million, yet those costs would likely still dwarf those of the average citizen traveling abroad. In late March, Vice President Joe Biden's $321,000 limo bill and $585,000 Paris hotel bill for his trip to Europe earlier this year were revealed.
While the amounts spent were deemed fairly ordinary by government insiders, the fact that the closely-held information was found on a publicly available government website had some speculating that perhaps the postings had been inadvertent. Wolf Blitzer, who spent seven years reporting from the White House, even called it "an extremely rare glimpse." However, further investigation has revealed that the information is not as rare as previously supposed.