4 weeks into his presidency, Joe Biden says he’s nonetheless getting used to the trimmings of the workplace.
Biden supplied a frank description of what it’s prefer to stay at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. throughout his CNN city corridor Tuesday night time, referencing previous presidents who’ve spoken of the constructing as “a bit like a gilded cage.”
“I stand up within the morning and take a look at Jill and say, `The place the hell are we?”’ Biden joked, including that he wasn’t used to family workers ready on him.
“I discover myself extraordinarily self-conscious,” Biden added, saying he was unaccustomed to somebody “handing me my suitcoat.”
Biden’s working-class upbringing in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has lengthy been a central a part of his political model. He most just lately lived in a big home within the Wilmington, Delaware, suburbs.
The White Home incorporates a spacious garden that has an unimpeded view of the Washington and Lincoln Monuments, however is in any other case surrounded by excessive fencing and a small military of guards. Biden stated it’s “completely totally different” from the vice-president’s residence, set on 80 acres and providing ample room to swim, discover and train in better privateness.
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The previous vice-president stated he’d been within the Oval Workplace 100 occasions or extra over time, however had by no means been to the residential areas of the White Home.
Even when the residence nonetheless feels new, Biden steered he’s already settled deeply into the work of the presidency.
“Typically, as a result of issues are shifting so quick, not due to the burden, it seems like 4 years,” Biden stated. “It’s not due to the burden, it’s as a result of there’s a lot occurring, that you simply’re targeted on, you’re consistently specializing in one drawback or alternative.”
Biden confirmed he had picked up the telephone to speak with a number of of his predecessors however declined to say who.
He added: “By the best way, all of them have, with one exception, picked up the telephone and known as me as properly.”
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