Joe Biden: Secret Service Covers His Rental Too

biden secret service rental Managing income property is the bane of many a landlord's existence. But Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has locked in a tenant, on the cottage next to his waterfront home, that likely won't be bouncing checks or moving out any time soon: The U.S. Secret Service detail that's hired to protect him.

To recap: Our tax dollars not only pay for the vice president's protection, they are also feathering his pocket with a steady rent check. Yes, it's legal. We leave it to the public to decide whether it's right for the vice president to have snagged this tenant in Greenville, Del., where the rental vacancy rate for 2010 was a whooping 33.6 percent, according to Melissa Kresin, a survey spokesperson at the U.S. Census Bureau. The national vacancy rate is 9.2 percent.


According to a Washington Times story, Biden (shown in the background of the above photo, as a Secret Service agent watches over him) has collected more than $13,000 from the agency charged with protecting him in his waterfront home in a Wilmington suburb. The arrangement came about after a previous tenant moved out. The agency is paying the same rent as the last tenant.

Under federal purchasing documents that the newspaper ferreted out, Biden -- listed as a "vendor" -- stands to gain up to $66,000 by the time the government contract expires in the fall of 2013.

Taxpayer watchdog groups and others are already jumping on the "what was he thinking?" bandwagon.

Said Leslie Paige, spokeswoman for the Citizens Against Government Waste, "He should be afforded every single protection available to him and his family, as should every vice president and president. But ... you'd think the vice president, who shepherded the deficit committee, would think twice about charging the Secret Service rent. Why would he need the money? I don't get it."

Biden's mother lived in the space until her death in January 2010. It was then rented to a private tenant. When that tenant left, the Secret Service took it over after having leased other space in the Wilmington area. The Secret Service is required by law to ensure the safety of current and former national leaders and their families.

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dayoldspecial

America really needs ro stop this crap!

August 02 2011 at 1:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dayoldspecial

what a scam ! Americans wake up

August 02 2011 at 1:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vlynnieg

They wouldn't even BE there if they didn't have to protect his sorry butt! He should PROVIDE it for them when he drags them out there every time he goes. They should NOT have to pay him rent. My tax dollars are WAY too tired fro this crap!

August 01 2011 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob

What a fool ,he shouldn't even be Vice President, what jerk. Hey joe please say something stupid again I want to see it on SNL. That's all you are good for anyway.

August 01 2011 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lilcon73

Sickening. He's out there preaching about stealing from the rich to give to the poor, meanwhile...he's stealing from laid off unemployed Americans to protect his rich butt.
Typical....and washington can't figure out what cuts to make in spending. I can think of one!!

August 01 2011 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dhellerco

What is wrong with renting space to the Secret Service that is contiguous to Biden's house. Protection is enhanced by the close proximity and they have to stay somewhere. As long as rent amount is a market rate I see nothing wrong. Don't people have better things to do than look to catch something on an elected official.
This is far from a gotcha.

David

August 01 2011 at 9:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ron

Look, It dosen't matter if you are a Republician or a Democrat. People that we keep sending to Washington are screwing us. They have been for a long time and until the american people do something about it we will continue to get screwed. And as hard is it will be to get changes made in Washington if we the american people don't vote the current house and senate members out then it is our fault for at least not making the attempt.

August 01 2011 at 8:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ro

The very reason why I want Sarah Palin. Atter 24,000 emails she comes out smelling like a ROSE.
Who could have all those emails exposed and not be in jail, not Obama not Biden or any of Obama's friends....The one single person that has visited the White House the most is Trumpka the head of the Union......Would love to see his emails.

Go see the movie "Undefeated" you will see the Palin story.

Palin/2012 ~ Mark Levin, Jeff Sessions, Sheriff Joe, Herman Cain or Mitt Romney as Sarah's Vice President

August 01 2011 at 9:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sheriff508

What did ANYONE expect from the party of BHO, Rangal, Geithner, AND Biden??? Oh, yes, who was that DIM that bought a yacht, registered it in Deleware, to avoid taxes?? Edwards?? Not sure, but I will find it!! LOL

August 01 2011 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
trentweld

A bunch of D@#% crooks ! They have the stakes and we get peanut butter and lucky to have bread with it .

August 01 2011 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gobriango2

Doesn't this story really depend on how much the Secret Service was paying for the other space they were renting prior to renting Biden's rental ??? If it was the same amount or more, I see no problem with this.

August 01 2011 at 7:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply