In Milwaukee, Biden Offers Reassurance, and Tries to Avoid Mention of ‘the Former Guy’

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When requested by the moderator, the CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, about his ideas on the decision of Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial, Mr. Biden stated he needed to transfer on. “For four years, all that’s been in the news is Trump,” he stated. “The next four years, I want to make sure all the news is the American people. I’m tired of talking about Trump.”

At one level, nevertheless, he couldn’t resist a veiled dig, telling Mr. Cooper that every one however one dwelling former president had reached out to him by telephone, making it clear that it was solely Mr. Trump who had not.

Asked by Mr. Cooper how he was adapting to the presidency, Mr. Biden, who on Inauguration Day stated that going to the White House felt like he was “coming home,” appeared humbled by the expertise.

For one factor, he stated, he was not used to dwelling with a butler who helped him along with his coat, in addition to with different workers in White House residence who have been there to serve him. “I was raised in a way that you didn’t look for anybody to wait on you,” he stated. “I find myself extremely self-conscious.”

Despite his shut relationship with President Barack Obama, Mr. Biden stated he had by no means visited the non-public half of the White House residence earlier than transferring in final month. And he stated dwelling there was huge distinction with the vp’s residence, the place there was extra room and privateness.

“It’s a little like a gilded cage in terms of being able to walk outside and do things,” he stated of dwelling within the White House. “I feel a sense, I must tell you, a sense of history about it.”

Mr. Biden repeatedly apologized when he felt his solutions have been too sophisticated or went on for too lengthy, and he stated he hoped he was up to main the nation in coping with the challenges it faces.