In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, President Joe Biden said that he is still not used to living in the White House. He also said he had “never been up in” the president’s personal quarters during his eight years as Vice President.
Biden joked that he wakes up every morning, looks at First Lady Jill Biden and says “where the hell are we?”
“What I didn’t realize, I had been in the Oval Office a hundred times as vice president — more than that — every morning for the initial meetings, but I had never been up in the residence. 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,” Biden said.
Cooper asked for clarification on Biden’s statement, to which he responded, “I had only been upstairs in the Yellow Room.” The president often uses the Yellow Room as a reception area when hosting foreign leaders or other high-profile visitors.
Biden also mentioned that the people who work in the complex have been “wonderful.”
Both former Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump frequently conducted business in the resident section of the White House.
Biden spent the majority of the CNN town hall discussing COVID-19. He said that he doesn’t “know for sure,” but he hopes that the pandemic will be nearly over one year from now.
“They tell me be careful not to predict things that you don’t know for certain what’s going to happen because then you’ll be held accountable,” Biden said. “A year from now, I think that there will be significantly fewer people having to be socially distanced, have to wear a mask, but we don’t know.”
“We don’t know for certain, but it is highly unlikely that by the beginning of next year school, traditional school year in September we are not significantly better off than we are today.”