November 29th, 2012
11:28 AM ET
7 months ago

Biden beelines to D.C. Costco on opening day

(CNN) – Count Vice President Joe Biden among the Washingtonians eagerly awaiting the opening of the District's first Costco.

The second in command made a trip across town Thursday to shop the first Washington location of the wholesale giant on its opening day, walking in prepared with his Costco membership card, which he flashed to the minder at the front door.

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A Biden aide said the vice president and his wife have long been patrons of Costco, which requires customers to buy an annual membership to shop at their large warehouse-style stores. The aide said Biden's membership was re-activated Wednesday – including paying the $55 fee - in anticipation of his DC spree.

As he strolled the store's aisles, Biden grabbed a few samples of the store's food items, and picked up, among other things, a Panasonic television and an apple pie. Workers from the store's tire department attempted to get the vice president to browse their offerings, but were rebuffed.

"Hey man I don't need tires," Biden said. "I don't drive anymore."

At one point, he attempted to call his daughter Ashley on his telephone, apparently to get her thoughts on buying one of the store's watches. She didn't answer.

Asked by reporters accompanying him to the store his thoughts on fiscal cliff negotiations, Biden said he was "optimistic" a deal could be reached, but that part of the deal should include extending Bush-era tax cuts for middle class families.


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  1. guest

    finally an appearance without a guffaw... other than he's "...long been a patron..." but has a lapsed membership. ;-)

    November 29, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Virgil A Edgar

    My prayers are with you and your family. Get well soon.

    November 29, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. just sayin

    it is nice to see everybody is working so hard to avoid the fiscal cliff.

    November 29, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    These "club stores" are very hard on the small "mom and pop" businesses.

    November 29, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Frank

    Rudy, Costco's CEO has a salary of $300,000, they pay an average hourly wage of $17 and provide health insurance after 6 months. Compared to Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, Costco is far superior as a workplace and its profits are higher than the two others.

    November 29, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Jaime

    Guest – if he's been VP for 4 years in an area without one, probably not a reason to pay for a membership.

    November 29, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Frank wrote:

    Rudy, Costco's CEO has a salary of $300,000, they pay an average hourly wage of $17 and provide health insurance after 6 months. Compared to Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, Costco is far superior as a workplace and its profits are higher than the two others.
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    ...and what exactly does that have to do with the fact that these "club stores" and other types of discount chain stores kill off local small businesses. There are some communities in the NYC suburbs that ban franchise businesses.

    November 29, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. hannah01

    I love Biden. He's a riot!

    November 29, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. just sayin

    >Rudy NYC
    >...and what exactly does that have to do with the fact that these "club stores" and
    >other types of discount chain stores kill off local small businesses. There are some
    >communities in the NYC suburbs that ban franchise businesses.

    and all it does is drive them to other communities that then get the jobs and economic benefits. you can't stop progress. i thought the libs are all down with change and progressing? next thing you know you will want to bring back horse & buggys.

    November 29, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Tom, New York

    Joe Biden is the best, he a real person, honest direct and very human. You have to love him

    November 29, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Sagebrush Shorty

    He bought a copy of "The Collected Rantings of Jeremiah Wright" Guess who it is for .

    November 29, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Love you Joe!!

    Rudy, I'm with Frank on this one. I shop Costco several times a year for basically the same things: detergent, cleaning products, paper plates and forks.
    I don't think that they are hurting small businesses as you need the space for storage at home to really take advantage of what they have to offer food-wise. Being a transplanted New Yorker I know we don't have that kind of space in our city apartments.
    Anyways.......just my take on the subject

    November 29, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Costco is a wayyy better establishment than Walmart or Sam's Club. Do your research on how much Costco employees make in comparison to Sam's Club. It's like night and day. Also research the compensation of the two CEOs.

    November 29, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Mama wrote:

    Rudy, I'm with Frank on this one. I shop Costco several times a year for basically the same things: detergent, cleaning products, paper plates and forks.
    I don't think that they are hurting small businesses as you need the space for storage at home to really take advantage of what they have to offer food-wise. Being a transplanted New Yorker I know we don't have that kind of space in our city apartments.
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    I guess that's why you don't find many club stores in densely populated areas.

    Fair's alter ego wrote that small businesses just pull up stakes and move to another location. What lack of understanding of reality. The vast majority of the businesses are so deep in the hole that financing a relocation is out of the question.

    November 29, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Hannah

    I love Costco and shop there a lot. I also support small businesses in the area. There's room for both.

    November 29, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Joan

    Love Costco!! Also love small shops!!!! Don't do Walmart!!!!

    November 29, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. PeterD

    TNN Breaking News – This Just In – According to AP sorces Biden wants Obama Off the Cliff so that He can become POTUS. LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 29, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. liberal disease

    He doesn't drive because he has a chauffered limo, a real costco man!!

    November 29, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Raj

    May be he is buying lunch for romney

    November 29, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Indie in VA

    Costco hires local people and pays them quite well. The whole "the big store over there killed off my small store" is a loser mentality.

    November 29, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Tom

    Time to buy another four-year supply of toilet paper for Number One Observatory Circle.

    November 29, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. HateHatred

    Liberal Disease – Get real for once. Biden is not allowed to tool around by himself, he is next in line for the Presidency! I would find that quite annoying. Biden is promoting a 'big business' that cares about it's workers and does not believe that CEO needs to make millions of dollars and pay their workers poverty jobs.

    November 29, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Mitt Robme_DRAFT_DODGING, TAX_EVADING_Merchandise Discounted AT 47%

    WALMART is the WORST!!!

    They have a policy of employing ONLY senior citizens, making them work part-time so that they can continue to live off of the govt. dole on Health Insurance, Social Security and Medicare....they manufature most of their products from China or that clothing factory in Bangladesh that just killed 114 people in a fire accident; and guess what, several of the WALTONS FAMILY are BILLIONARES!!!

    WALMART pay workers cheap, dont pay for Healthcare for their employees and their owners & CEO are paying LESS TAXES...and the GOP call these people "JOB CREATORS"?!!

    Just ban these cheap chinese goods & India Call Centers to force manufacturing & customer servicing centers back to the US and let the GW BUSH TAX CUTs DIE A PERMANENT DEATH!!!!!!

    iTS TIME TO LOOK OUT ONLY FOR AMERICANS......................

    November 29, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. Travis

    @ Rudy NYC
    "Fair's alter ego wrote that small businesses just pull up stakes and move to another location. What lack of understanding of reality. The vast majority of the businesses are so deep in the hole that financing a relocation is out of the question."

    It's not completely out of the question that a small business can't move to another location. There are lots of variables to consider when faced with the prospect of having to relocate. Not all businesses are the same, and as such, their requirements for moving are not the same either.

    November 29, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. tony

    Rudy it seem like you are going solo on this one, because i like costco too.

    November 29, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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