Man of the People Rides the Train

nbs2

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Nothing controversial to report, just some venting.

As an easy thousand or more commuters attempted to go home today, Joe Biden decided that it would be an opportune time to shut down roads and the train station in DC. As commuters who had arrived with sufficient time to board their trains watched through closed doors, armed vehicles drove the VP directly to his private car on the train. Select commuters were then given one minute to rush to the train as it made it's delayed departue. How many were fortunate to be near the doors as opposed to stuck behind the throngs of commuters, I don't know. I was a lucky one. I will get to see my family an hour earlier than I would have otherwise. One more hour to be with my wife. One more to play with my daughter. Like I say, I was a lucky one.

I really hate him. And listening to the commuters waitng with me, I am not alone.
 

Thomas Veil

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Same thing happened with Bush -- everything at Cleveland Hopkins ground to a halt whenever he visited.

It's a presidential/VP security thing. A pain in the ass, but getting upset about it is kind of pointless.
 

abijnk

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Hmmm, maybe you should direct your anger at the fact that there are people willing to physically hurt those in authoritative positions, such as VP, rendering the use of heightened security absolutely necessary...
 

barkomatic

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What are you complaining about--that you got home earlier? Or, you were upset your less fortunate fellow commuters were delayed? How big of you--a Man of The People. At least you had an interesting commute.
 

SactoGuy18

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Here's the problem: the President and Vice President should NOT be riding any form of public transit--including trains and commercial airline flights--without a lot of pre-planning. These two are among those that should get around the country on VC-25 or the smaller Gulfstreams based at Andrews AFB--if only for security reasons!
 

Eraserhead

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Here's the problem: the President and Vice President should NOT be riding any form of public transit--including trains and commercial airline flights--without a lot of pre-planning. These two are among those that should get around the country on VC-25 or the smaller Gulfstreams based at Andrews AFB--if only for security reasons!
Agreed, but then they don't get to experience how the "rest of the world" commutes, but as they did this he still didn't experience the real world problems with the train.
 

MacNut

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Hmmm, maybe you should direct your anger at the fact that there are people willing to physically hurt those in authoritative positions, such as VP, rendering the use of heightened security absolutely necessary...
So why is he riding the train in the first place then?
 

NT1440

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So why is he riding the train in the first place then?
Better question, why do some people feel like he shouldn't be allowed to?

I thought we enjoyed freedom here, but silly me, if you inconvenience anyone i guess you can't.
 

MacNut

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Better question, why do some people feel like he shouldn't be allowed to?

I thought we enjoyed freedom here, but silly me, if you inconvenience anyone i guess you can't.
OK lets let him drive himself everywhere, or go grocery shopping.
 

MacNut

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Uh, he can if he wants to....

What are you trying to say? The man enjoys the train, therefore he takes the train.
Not without hoards of secret service. Honestly, do you think he is the common man going out?

How much "freedom" does he have, not much.
 

NT1440

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Not without hoards of secret service. Honestly, do you think he is the common man going out?

How much "freedom" does he have, not much.
Yet you wish to restrict it further because.....
 

ntrigue

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Spend some time under a Monarch.

In Saudi Arabia they closed highways while a prince passed.
 

MacNut

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Yet you wish to restrict it further because.....
Im sure the SS would rather he not do half the stuff he does. Having to sweep a city before being allowed to travel, inconveniencing people for hours. Just for a photo op, what's the point.
 

NT1440

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Im sure the SS would rather he not do half the stuff he does. Having to sweep a city before being allowed to travel, inconveniencing people for hours. Just for a photo op, what's the point.
The point is he should be able to have the same freedoms as any American.
 

MacNut

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Therefore he shouldn't be free to live his life?
How can he, he know that when elected his life would change. He won't be able to do what he did before. He can't just go for a walk or drive to the store. Not without major preparation.