- The Washington Times - Friday, January 22, 2016

It helps to have a Secret Service agent with you while you’re haggling over the price of jewelry at a Turkish bazaar, Vice President Joseph R. Biden discovered Friday.

Mr. Biden, wife Jill Biden and granddaughter Naomi were shopping at the Arasta Bazaar near the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, where the vice president is holding meetings with other world leaders. Reporters caught up to the Bidens in a jewelry store.

Mrs. Biden was interested in a $350 necklace. The vice president, who calls himself a terrible bargainer, said he was ready to pay full price.

But his wife wanted to negotiate, and Mr. Biden credited her “and the large Secret Service agent standing a few feet away” with getting the store owner to come down to a price of $100, according to a pool reporter traveling with the vice president.

The store owner told reporters he had no idea who the Bidens were and showed reporters pictures on his phone of himself with them. When told Mr. Biden was vice president of the United States, the store owner asked reporters to write Mr. Biden’s name on a piece of paper, which they did.

The vice president also joked that Air Force Two should divert to St. Croix in the Caribbean on his return trip if the forecasted blizzard prevents his plane from landing in Washington on Saturday night.

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