WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden made wistful remarks about the freedom of the vice president’s residence — including the swimming pool in which he reportedly skinny dipped — when asked how he was settling into the White House on Tuesday.
At a CNN town hall in Milwaukee, Wis., host Anderson Cooper asked the new commander in chief how he was liking his new digs at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. — which Biden swiftly compared to a “gilded cage.”
“I wanted to be president not to live in the White House, but to be able to make the decisions about the future of the country,” Biden said, admitting he had never been inside the White House residence during his eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president.
“So living in the White House, as you’ve heard other presidents who have been extremely flattered to live there say, it’s a little like a gilded cage in terms of being able to walk outside and do things,” he went on.
Biden then said he missed the freedom of the vice president’s official residence, which is on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.
Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff are living across from the White House while that property is being renovated.
“The vice president’s residence it’s totally different,” Biden told Cooper.
“You’re on 80 acres, overlooking the rest of the city, and you can walk out, there’s a swimming pool, you can walk off the porch in the summer and jump in the pool and go into work.
“You can ride a bicycle around and never leave the property. You can work out, but the White House is very different,” he said.