Bidens Hit the Tony Hamptons

Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 02:58 PM

By Andrea Billups

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The White House is in full vacation mode as Vice President Joe Biden begins his third vacation in two weeks, this time in the upscale New York enclave of the Hamptons, The Weekly Standard reports.

No public events are planned during the trip, the paper added, as the second couple joins former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to frolic this summer among other well-heeled guests who regularly visit the wealthy seaside enclave.

The veep and his wife, Jill, arrived on Tuesday and will spend a week in Southampton, according to television station News 12 Long Island.

The trip marks the couple's third vacation in two weeks after spending time in Wyoming at the Grand Teton National Park last week after a quick two-day visit to Delaware's Rehoboth Beach, The News Journal reported.

As the Bidens add some political wattage to the Hampton's star mix, which has included the Kardashian family, among other famous names, they are already causing something of a local kerfuffle. Some history loving locals had planned on running a ferry on Southampton's Lake Agawam to honor the 200th birthday of a freed slave who was important to the area, according to the New York Post's Page Six.

Some, however, feared security concerns could scotch the ferry after someone asked that it be halted during the Biden family's stay, which reportedly includes a house on the same lake. Plans now call for the commemorative ferry to run after the Bidens have completed their vacation, the Post noted.

The Bidens' recreational trips come as President Barack Obama endures growing criticism over his own two-week vacation to Martha's Vineyard. Some have said he has spent time golfing with friends while world crises continue to mount. The White House has responded that the president is not far from Washington and can easily return to the White House if he is needed.

He and first lady Michelle Obama were joined for dinner in the island town of Oak Bluffs Tuesday by Attorney General Eric Holder as well as National Security Adviser Susan Rice and U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk, USA Today reported. Obama will reconnect with Hillary Clinton Wednesday night at a party for Ann Jordan, wife of former Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan.

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