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Vice President Joe Biden took a break from negotiating with Republicans on how to keep the country from going over the ‘fiscal cliff’ to go shopping at the first Washington, DC Costco. The store held its grand opening Thursday.
Biden did discuss the importance of congress acting now, before taxes for all Americans go up at the end of the year. “I think it's important Congress acts now. I mean right now,” Biden said, reports The New York Daily News. “All it has to do is take a single vote to extend the middle class tax cut. If they don't do that....it's been estimated that $200 billion less will be spent next year.”
He joked that he had to get his own Costco membership card, since his wife, Jill, wouldn’t let him take hers. “I went to get my wife's card, and she said, 'No, no, get your own card.’”
Biden filled his carriage with plenty of items, including a 32-inch Panasonic TV, children’s books and fire logs, which he will donate to a Delaware charity.
When one employee wanted to take him to the tire department, he said, “Hey man, I don't need tires...I don't drive anymore.”
Customers at the store took out their phones and made sure they shook his hand. Biden hugged any customer who said they were from Delaware.
The Christian Science Monitor notes that there were plenty of serious reasons for the trip, starting with the fact that Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal supported President Obama during his re-election campaign. Sinegal also spoke at the DNC.
The CSM also notes that administration has also used Costco as an example of how some companies should treat their employees. Sinegal made $350,000 last year, a third of what the average CEO at a company like Costco makes.