He declined to say who he had spoken with, noting that they’d “private conversations,” however then advised he’d spoken with all of his dwelling predecessors besides, he implied, former President Donald Trump.

“By the way — all of them, with one exception, have picked up the phone and called me, as well,” he mentioned, a transparent allusion to Trump, with out naming him.

Trump was the primary president in trendy historical past to say no to take part within the conventional assembly with his successor, and the Trumps didn’t host the Bidens on the White House for the customary inauguration day assembly or beforehand.

Trump did, nonetheless, leave Biden a letter in the Resolute Desk of the Oval Office, a convention every Inauguration Day. Both events have declined to touch upon the letter’s contents, which Biden has solely described as “very generous.”

Biden advised that previously, he has considered presidencies by way of the lens of nice American presidents in historical past, naming Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and George Washington, whom he described as “super human.”

But, he mentioned, he feels extra comfy seeing himself within the league of the seven former presidents he has gotten to know personally.

“I had to remind myself that they’re really fine men that I knew well, the last seven presidents. And, at least, they’re people who I knew well enough to know that I play in the same team with. So it took away the sense of, this is — my God, you know — I’m not Abraham Lincoln, I’m not Franklin Roosevelt, how do I deal with these problems?” he mentioned.


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