Someone tell the fucking staffers about these Internet Web Sites: http://www.kayak.com http://www.orbitz.com http://www.expedia.com. It can help from getting ripped off on travel. You can even see the rates for the rooms…. On Line!
Vice President Joe Biden just returned Sunday from a three-nation trip that concluded with a 48 hour visit to Turkey. The vice president, his wife, and his entourage arrived in Turkey via Ukraine Friday evening around 7:30 local time for meetings with President Erdogan and other government officials. Biden departed for Washington, D.C. Sunday after meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The stay in Turkey alone racked up a hotel bill of approximately $624,734.
The notice of the hotel contract was posted online uncharacteristically quickly, appearing on the very day of Biden’s departure from Turkey. The documents called for 200 rooms and one large conference room at the Hilton Harbiye in Istanbul:
First: If you let 200 rooms the hotel the will comp you a conference room. Okay …. $624,734 US Taxpayer Bucks (not ‘real’ dollars because it is not coming from your own wallet, its PerDiem) and 200 hundred rooms for 2 days.
(624734 / 200) / 2 = $1561.00 US TpB per night. = 3,471 Lira
Today’s conversion of Turkish Lira 1 = 0.45 US Dollars. How much are the rooms where the Pink Panther [current Secret Service call sign] and entourage stayed [via the hotels’ web site]:
Mid range suite [you know they couldn’t stay in a plain old Hilton room] 645 Lira (700 with breakfast)
King Executive – 1035 Lira (1090 with breakfast)
Clouseau and company paid (avg) 3,471 Lira per room / night. We’ll assume that with 200 fucking staffers the Chef went along too and they skipped on the breakfast.
Using Old Math US Taxpayers were overcharged from 335% to 538%.