Travel Guides – Joe Biden says ‘there’s no real upside’ to living in the White House since he and the first lady have never coveted ‘the pomp-and-circumstance part’

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden pictured at the Democratic National Convention on August 20, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Win McNamee/Getty Images

  • President Biden revealed to Vogue that “there’s no real upside” or privateness when living in the White House.

  • Biden stated that he First Lady Jill Biden additionally weren’t drawn to the “pomp-and-circumstance part.”

  • The first lady will seem on the cowl of Vogue’s August situation.

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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden opened up about their perception that “there’s no real upside” to living in the White House in a Vogue Magazine cover story published online on Tuesday.

The first lady will seem on the cowl of Vogue’s August situation, for which she was photographed by Annie Leibovitz and interviewed by Jonathan Van Meter.

“It was ‘Hail to the Chief’ and all that stuff when I was a young senator. But I never had a desire for that piece of it,” Biden stated, telling Vogue that the Obamas doubtless felt the similar means. “There was no real upside to living physically in the White House. It’s the greatest honor in the world…but there’s no privacy. And the pomp-and-circumstance part is not something we’ve ever gone out of our way to look for.”

As has been beforehand reported, Biden was hesitant to run for president in 2020. It was his third bid, following unsuccessful runs in 1988 and 2008, and after having served eight years in the Obama White House as vice chairman and shedding his son Beau to most cancers in 2015.

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It was finally the Trump presidency that propelled Biden to run once more.

“Jill said, ‘You gotta run. Because there’s so much at stake,'” Biden told Vogue. “So this was the first time I ran…without thinking about any of the accoutrements of, you know, I could have Air Force One or I could have. . . . I think part of that got knocked out by being vice president. And I realized that I probably-whether I’m right or not-knew more about the issues than most people because I’ve been around so long.”

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And whereas the Bidens are no strangers to public life, the president additionally revealed that the calls for and pressures of the presidency make it extremely troublesome for him and the first lady to spend any time collectively.

The first lady has traveled throughout the nation selling the Biden administration’s initiatives on all the pieces from vaccination to the American Rescue Plan, in addition to maintaining her job educating English at Northern Virginia Community College.

“I miss her. I’m really proud of her. But it’s not like we can just go off like we used to. When we were living in Delaware and married, once a month we’d just go up to a local bed-and-breakfast by ourselves, to make sure we had a romantic time to just get away and hang out with each other,” Biden advised Vogue including, that now, “You can’t. I’m not complaining. It’s part of the deal. But this life prevents it.”

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