Joe Biden’s Trip to Costco: Looking for Solutions to the Fiscal Cliff, and Also Pies

Everyone's favorite newly septuagenarian Vice President paid a visit to Costco Thursday to shop for pies and flash his famous grin. Oh, and also to urge Congress to act now to avoid the potential doom brought on by the impending fiscal cliff.

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Everyone’s favorite newly septuagenarian Vice President paid a visit to Costco Thursday to shop for pies and flash his famous grin. Oh, and also to urge Congress to act now to avoid the potential doom brought on by the impending fiscal cliff. He displayed his store membership card as he waltzed into Washington D.C.’s first Costco store on its opening day, and, naturally, was ready for plenty of photo ops.

But while Biden certainly appeared to enjoy his shopping spree, he also made sure to talk business. He called for Congress to enact middle-class tax cuts by Christmastime to boost consumer confidence — and then duke it out later over tax cuts for wealthier families, the Associated Press reports.

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“We have a lot we have to settle, but there’s one thing we should all agree on and that’s the middle-class tax cut should be made permanent. I think it’s important Congress acts now, I mean right now,” the VP said at the store. But enough shop talk — and on to the shopping! “I’m looking for pies,” Biden soon announced to the crowd of employees and patrons who had gathered around him.

Employee Ivey Stewart assisted Biden by guiding him around the large warehouse store, later asking him to place a call on her cell phone:

Vice President Joe Biden smiles as he makes a call on the cell phone of Costco employee Ivey Stewart, left, after shopping at the a Costco store in Washington D.C., on Nov. 29, 2012.

Susan Walsh / AP

Stewart was also kind enough to handle Biden’s cart, freeing him up to munch on some tasty free samples:

Vice President Joe Biden samples food while shopping at a Costco in Washington D.C., on Nov. 29, 2012.

Susan Walsh / AP

But it wasn’t all about food for Biden. After all, he’s married to an educator, so he had to check out the book selection too:

Vice President Joe Biden looks over a selection of books while shopping at a Costco in Washington D.C., on Nov. 29, 2012.

Susan Walsh / AP

In the end, Biden’s purchases included flowers, fire logs, several children’s books, a 32-inch TV and, just like he hoped, an apple pie. Now, if only Costco sold pre-packaged solutions to the fiscal cliff.

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RoyAustinSmith
RoyAustinSmith

yeah, they are cheaper for him and bammy the commie because the poor taxpayer are footing the bill. again take a look at the stupid photos, they tell the whole story.

RoyAustinSmith
RoyAustinSmith

just look at the photos> a whole story behind the photos. of the luntic biddy.

dojologa
dojologa

He said the DEPENDS were SO MUCH CHEAPER there for Him and Obama...they LEAK ya know! It IS nice to know Costco NEALS to left winged People..take THAT off my list to visit...they DO sell JUNK..really..I have priced their items and when JOE was confronted he said.." what the hell..it,s not MY MONEY I am spending"....

lastcrazyhorn
lastcrazyhorn

Those secret service peeps aren't very secretive, are they.  :P

ArtWolff
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Biden a real man of the people.Go Joe!

ListentowhatIsay
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Obama has already started sticking his nose into businesses and offering help???? Later he will take them over and they will be government owned/controlled, communism is on the way. IMPEACH OBAMA

lordjam
lordjam

@ListentowhatIsay Communism is the best thing that could happen to the US. Look at China. Booming. Look at Russia. Booming. You could be a multibillionaire if you were communist. If a billion Chinese can do it, surely 350 million highly educated Americans can do it. Go America!

ListentowhatIsay
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Biden is nothing but a CLOWN what a jerk he is and everything he does is nothing but what obama wants him to do.  He is a dummy to me and has backed obama who will go down in history as the worst president/dictator/communist socialist. Did he also charge everything to US since he was on GOVERNMENT BUSINESS because he made some comments?  Get ready obama and Biden will just raise the taxes on the rich ( I hope this means to both obama and Biden too and are not excluded in the new law) and supposidly being nice to us middle class and low income people. Yeah sure and late he will want your bank accounts to fund all his plans too.  Where has millions of dollars gone from what obama has taken out and yet has not spoken at all about where it went.  It bot him the election so the dummy Biden can walk around Costco and shop and run errands at our expense and obama can continue to live at our expense.  It is another lie that he is out there for US he is out there to sucker more people into believing in him, then he will take over businesses, banks and later our lives. Communism is on the way, be afraid, be very afraid, the devil is running this country into the ground.