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BIDEN BACK 2 STX: U.S. Veep Shows How Much He Likes The Big Island By Visiting For The Sixth Time


CHRISTIANSTED — Vice President Joe Biden is heading to St. Croix today for some fun in the sun with his family during one of his final weeks in office, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Biden’s motorcade was preceded by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter that flew the vehicle route about 2:51 p.m. before the vice president traveled it. He passed Gallows Bay in a black SUV about 3:06 p.m.

A Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) presence was visible at nearly every intersection along the route the V-P took between the Henry Rohlsen Airport and the entrance to Flambouyant Welcome.

At least one marked VIPD squad car joined in the motorcade. Many people the Virgin Islands Free Press spoke to questioned how much the extra security required for Biden was costing the nearly broke local government — where payless paydays could be just around the corner thanks to fiscal mismanagement by Gov. Kenneth Mapp.

Biden and wife Jill will depart from the vice president’s hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, and stay in the territory until Monday, Jan. 2 the White House confirmed with the V.I. Free Press.

President Obama and his family plan to return to Washington, DC from their family vacation in Hawaii on the same day.

The Obamas have been enjoying a two-week break filled with golf, beach outings, and dinners out on the island of Oahu.

The president and vice president will have only 18 days in office when they return to Washington.

Donald Trump will be sworn in as president on January 20, 2017.


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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.


  1. Eric
    December 27, 2016 at 10:30 PM — Reply

    Biden is an ass.

  2. December 28, 2016 at 12:39 PM — Reply

    Stop being so ignorant. Biden coming to St Croix on multiple occasions has nothing to with loving St Croix and everything to do with blowing as much of our taxpayer’s money as possible. Just like Obama and Mapp completely disgraceful.

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