President Joe Biden describes life in the White House: ‘A gilded cage’
The White House features a spacious lawn that has an unimpeded view of the Washington and Lincoln Monuments, but is otherwise surrounded by high fencing and a small army of guards. Mr. Biden said it’s “totally different” from the Vice-President’s residence.
Four weeks into his chairmanship, Joe Biden says he is still being used for office trappings.Mr. Biden offered a clear account of what he would prefer to live at his CNN Town Hall at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on February 16. Referring to the previous presidents, who have talked about the building, which is like a small cage. "I wake up in the morning and look at Jill and say, hell where are we?" Mr. Biden jokingly stated that he was not used to the staff of the house.
"I find myself extremely self-conscious," said Mr Biden, adding that it was unacceptable for someone to "hand over my suitcase". Mr. Biden's working-class upbringing in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has long been a central part of his political brand. . He recently lived in a large house in Wilmington, a suburban area.
The White House features a spacious lawn that has an unimpeded view of the Washington and Lincoln Monuments, but is otherwise surrounded by high fencing and a small army of guards. Mr. Biden said it’s “totally different” from the Vice-President’s residence, set on 80 acres and offering ample room to swim, explore and exercise in greater privacy.
The former vice president said he has been in the Oval Office for 100 times or more, but never visited the White House residential areas.Even if the residence still seems new, Mr. Biden suggested that he was already deeply rooted in presidential work.
"Sometimes, because things are moving so fast, not because of the burden, it feels like four years," Mr. Biden said. "It's not because of the burden, it's because there's so much happening, that you've focused on, you're constantly focusing on a problem or opportunity." Mr. Biden confirmed that he had picked up the phone to talk with one or more of his predecessors but declined to say who.He said, "By the way, all of them, with one exception, picked up the phone and called me too."