The Smoking Gun makes public the Vice President’s (frankly rather modest) requirements for his hotel suite when he travels.
- Cheney does like his suite at a comfy 68 degrees. And, of course, all the televisions need to be preset to the Fox News Channel… Decaf coffee should be ready upon his arrival along with four cans of caffeine-free Diet Sprite. And when Cheney is traveling with his wife Lynne, the second family’s suite needs an additional two bottles of sparkling water. Mrs. Cheney’s H2O should be either Calistoga or, curiously, Perrier…
Smoking Gun seems vexed by the statement, “[i]f the hotel would like to put a gift in the suite please let the Advance Office know ASAP.”
Presumably they’re unfamiliar with the practice of luxury hotels providing small items of interest or value to their guests. Modest amenities are even part of chain loyalty programs such as Starwood and Intercontinental, and nicer hotels often provide specialty gifts appropriate for the guest and/or occasion.
I imagine the Vice President’s Office isn’t requesting gifts but asking that they be vetted in advance, perhaps for compliance with government gift acceptance policies.