What do you expect? He’s only the VP. The guy who will step in if Barack trips over his telepromoter. He doesn’t matter nearly as much as Michelle.
The White House has been tight-lipped about the cost of First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to China, but based on the choice for lodging, it could be considerable. Mrs. Obama and her entourage, which numbers seventy according to the Washington Times (including her two daughters and her mother), booked the Westin Chaoyang Hotel close to the U.S. embassy in Beijing for their first stop. According to USA Today, the presidential suite at the hotel is listed as $8,400 per night.
But when Vice President Joe Biden visited China in December 2013, he and his team stayed at the St. Regis Hotel after the contracting officer responsible for booking rooms determined that the Westin Chaoyang hotel “price was prohibitive when compared with St. Regis.”
That has to make Biden feel good knowing that not only is Obama working to move Hillary into the White House, but that while the Obamas never deny themselves anything at taxpayer expense, they decided to subject Joe to a little austerity.
And even the luxury hotel still isn’t good enough for Michelle Obama’s mother.
- The sumptuous pad at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang hotel – its website calls the room ‘an oasis of comfort – is a 3,400-square-foot masterpiece including a private steam room, ‘corner sofas with silk pillows,’ and in-room dining for six.
But the Obamas’ stay has already affected staff and guests at the hotel, with the Westin front-desk veteran alleging that Mrs. Obama’s mother Marian Robinson has been ‘barking at the staff since she arrived.’
Aren’t you glad that you have to work to subsidize Marian’s posh vacation which she still thinks isn’t good enough for her?