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Biden thanks Quayle for the pool

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Maybe it was that heat wave last week.

Vice President Biden, chatty as usual before a foreign leaders luncheon at his residence Monday, told the news media waiting there for the traveling dignitaries that he'd never have anything bad to say about Dan Quayle, his often-mocked predecessor, because Quayle was responsible for the pool at the vice presidential house.

"Gentlemen, I want to show you the Dan Quayle swimming pool," Biden later quipped after posing with the leaders.

The lunch at the residence was "the largest gathering of foreign leaders ever at the United States Naval Observatory," according to the White House, and was being held in advance of Monday night's opening of the Nuclear Security Summit, with the goal of discussing the administration's "commitment to a world without nuclear weapons and address[ing] the goals of the non-aligned movement."

The pool and its pool house were built with $130,000 in private funds donated to the nonprofit Vice President's Residence Foundation, according to the Center for Public Integrity.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  April 12, 2010; 1:54 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Joe Biden , Washington Life  
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It's interesting that Mr. Biden appreciates the pool at the Vice-Presidential House. On 3/19/09 the "Stimulus Sheriff" was quoted as saying: "There are NO swimming pools in this money" referring to the stimulus package.
It appears he was correct (except for the Vice-President House).
Hundreds, maybe thousands of public pools will be closed this summer
Ask the Friends of Aquatics in Colorado Springs
Or Troy Public Schools in Michigan
Or the City of Baltimore

Posted by: BePoolSafe | April 14, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

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