Vice President Joe Biden back riding the train - as sequester cancels flights
It's cheaper than flying, VP says as he is set to ride the rails
Vice President Joe Biden is happy to take the train home to Delaware, foregoing the expensive flights on Air Force 2 that are the perks of his office in favor of the much more budget friendly Amtrak.
The federal budget may be going off the rails, but Biden is determined not to do likewise.
According to Fox News, Biden said on Wednesday that he initiated the change himself, calling it the one thing about the looming sequester that's working to his benefit.
Speaking at the National Association of Attorneys General, Biden was quoted as saying that while he took nearly 8,000 train trips as a senator, the Secret Service insisted he travel by air as Vice President because the Amtrak 'gives too many opportunities for people to interact with me in a way they wouldn't like to see.'
But Biden has successfully argued that looming budget cuts have changed the terms of the debate. 'I was able to say, 'Look guys, I've got to take the train now - it's cheaper than flying.' So I get to take the train again.'
High security plane trips to Delaware and back cost tens of thousands of dollars each time, but now the price has been slashed by Biden's unusual decision.
'Air Force 2 is grounded for weekend trips starting Friday,' one source told the Huffington Post, but Biden reportedly flies by military plane to Delaware during the week.
'He'll start taking the train again this weekend when the sequestration starts. It's a huge expense to be taking the military flights,' a source said. 'So now it's back to regular Joe.'
Biden reportedly passes some of the one-hour, eighteen minute trip from Washington D.C. to Wilmington, Delaware reading the paper or reviewing work materials.
But like the born politician he is he mostly prefers to talk to strangers on the trip, a source said.
'He just walks around shaking hands posing for pics,' said the source. 'He talks to everyone and anyone, and doesn't sit still.'
- Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after...
- An open letter in strong defence of capitalism.
- Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent...
- Sarah Palin is saving Christmas
- Nelson Mandela once considered a terrorist...
- Irish drugs mule to escape full trial and...
- Virginia governor slammed by doctor over...
- Hollywood star Gabriel Byrne brands new Pope...
- Nelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning.
- Top Christmas Irish ads that will be bring...
SylviasDaddy, that IS a recording of Jimmy Durante singing "Make Someone Happy".Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent says Immigrant Council
I'd like you to tell an Irishmen or Irish woman to her face that Ireland is a British country, Curitiba. It's very easy to say things on an online chaSarah Palin is saving Christmas
Ah Nicomax, the book is about saving Christmas not destroying Buddha, therefore one needn't being angry to celebrate the birth of Christ.Sarah Palin is saving Christmas
Palin, as with many angry Christians, continue to conflate Jesus Christ with God. An attack on Jesus is an attack on God. Of course as we know a major