Since he moved into the White House on January 20, 2021, every living president has called President Joe Biden to congratulate him except for one. Although Biden did not declare which former president failed to call him, it was pretty clear from the context that he was speaking about former President Trump. Additionally, Biden confessed that he never entered the White House residence before he became president despite working under former President Barack Obama for eight years as his right-hand man.
Biden spoke about being president during his 75-minute town hall event with CNN. He spoke about the White House details while wrapping up the event, and millions of Americans were interested to know what Biden has learned during his first month as president.
During the event, CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked of him: “Have you picked up the phone and called any former president yet?”
Biden confessed that he had spoken to former presidents. “Yes, I have.”
Although Cooper wanted Biden to name names, Biden refused to give those details. However, he did admit that every living president has called him except for one of them – and it was pretty obvious which president that was.
“They’re private conversations,” Biden said of his White House discussions with previous presidents. “But, by the way, all of them have, with one exception, picked up the phone to call me as well.”
“I know you don’t want to talk about him, but,” Cooper replied, and at that, the audience erupted into laughter.
The living presidents include Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter. All of the living presidents were present for Biden’s inauguration except for Trump and Carter (who was unable to attend due to COVID concerns because of his advanced age).
“For four years, all that’s been in the news is Trump. The next four years, I want to make sure all the news is the American people. I’m tired of talking about Trump,” Biden said.
Biden’s first town hall was hosted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During the event, Biden confessed that he remains mesmerized by the grandeur of living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Every president had lived in the home except for the first, George Washington.
“I get up in the morning and look at Jill and say, ‘Where the hell are we,’” Biden said, joking about his morning conversation with his wife of more than forty years.
Biden admitted that life as president is tough – the work is never-ending.
“It’s not because of the burden is because there’s so much happening that you focus on. You’re constantly focusing on one problem or opportunity,” he said.
Biden also admitted that Obama never invited him into the White House residence during their eight years as a team. Biden also praised those working in the White House.
“I don’t know about you all, but I was raised in a way that you didn’t look for anybody to wait on you,” he said. “And it’s where I find myself extremely self-conscious. There are wonderful people that work in the White House. But someone standing there and, you know, hands me my suit coat.”
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