Joe Biden goes to bed early, reads letters from Americans & likes a good fire

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It should not be discounted or forgotten that 80 million Americans – probably more than that – are still processing the trauma inflicted upon us by Donald Trump. We’re past one full month of the Biden presidency, and many of us are still getting used to it. We’re getting used to NOT flinching whenever we watch a White House press conference or off-the-cuff remarks from the president. We’re getting used to having a president who is normal, who does normal things, who actually spends his days working and taking meetings as opposed to a guy sitting around, watching Fox News all morning and guzzling cheeseburgers and Diet Coke. CNN has a piece about how easily Joe Biden transitioned into the presidency, and how he’s not enamored with all of the trappings. He just put his head down and got to work.

Biden’s first flight on Air Force One as POTUS: When President Joe Biden flew aboard Air Force One for the first time this month, he did not spend much time soaking in the moment. Like a weary passenger on a commuter shuttle, he spent most of the flight reading the newspaper. “It’s a great honor,” he told reporters who asked about his debut ride aboard Air Force One, “but I didn’t think about it, to tell you the truth.”

Like a duck to water: He has established a regular schedule, including coffee in the mornings with the first lady, meetings and phone calls from the Oval Office starting just after 9 a.m. and a return to his residence by 7 p.m. As he walks home along the Colonnade, he’s often seen carrying a stack of binders or manila folders under one arm. He still brings a brown leather briefcase into the office.

He’s an early-to-bed guy: Unlike his most recent predecessors — night owls who spent the dark hours reading briefing materials (President Barack Obama) or watching television (President Donald Trump) — Biden is more of an early-to-bed type. He has continued a tradition of reading letters from Americans, a handful of which are tucked into the briefing materials he brings home in the evenings. Recently they have focused on the pandemic; Biden has also spoken by video conference with business owners and laid-off workers weathering the economic crisis.

He drops by Kamala Harris’s office: He has found his old stomping grounds familiar, dropping into his onetime office in the West Wing one day last week to show his new vice president the place on the window where his wife wrote him a Valentine’s Day greeting in 2009. He’s made surprise visits to other offices in the building as well, asking staffers what they are working on or consulting them on specific questions related to his Covid-19 relief plan.

He’s getting his PDB: The President’s Daily Brief, a highly classified update on the country’s top intelligence, is back to a daily occurrence after happening only sporadically under Trump. Joined in the Oval Office by Vice President Kamala Harris — who has used an iPad to receive the briefing, like Obama — Biden is run through the update by a range of intelligence professionals.

The dogs join him in the Oval: He has expressed a preference for a fire built in the Oval Office fireplace, and sometimes adds a log himself to keep it going. His dogs, two German Shepherds called Major and Champ, sometimes join him.

His weekends: On weekends, Biden has kept to his routine of attending public mass, in Washington at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown and at his home parish in Delaware — occasions that aides say allow him to blend back into normal life, at least for an hour. After one outing, he stopped by a bagel shop; officials expect he and the first lady will be more frequent patrons of Washington’s restaurants once the pandemic is over.

[From CNN]

I would imagine most well-adjusted, normal people would find it disconcerting to suddenly find themselves in the presidential bubble, just as most of us would also take some pleasure in the cool things that come with the presidency, like Air Force One and the mansion and the Diet Coke button. But not Joe Biden. He’s such a workhorse, and I love that all of this has just come naturally to him. I really hope the Bidens invite the Bidens over for dinner. I hope the Bidens get to have some semblance of a regular presidency once Biden fixes the pandemic too. Also: literally the only minor criticism is that he likes to go to bed early! SO DO I!! You get to a certain age, and let me tell you, nothing good or notable happens after 10 pm.

President Joe Biden with his dogs Major and Champ in the Rose Garden

President Joe Biden with his dogs Major and Champ in the Rose Garden

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  1. fluffy_bunny says:

    I’m feeling the early bedtime. I go to bed at 8:30. It’s a habit that I’ve carried over from having to be up early to drive my son to school and I’ve found that if I stay up later I don’t sleep as well. My husband and I watch all of our prime time tv shows on the weekend.

    • Anne Call says:

      I fight to stay up until 10pm. Then 6am coffee delivered by the hubby. Seeing Biden with his dogs always makes me teary eyed. So grateful the trump nightmare is over.

  2. Dee Kay says:

    I love the fact that his staff tucks a few letters from Americans into his briefcase so that he can read them at night. I love that POTUS is doing Zoom calls with small business owners and laid-off workers. I’ve seen ppl post on social media that either POTUS or FLOTUS has called them on the telephone to congratulate them or console them. It’s those interactions with regular, real people (i.e., not rabid cult worshippers) that gives me hope and faith in this POTUS and administration.

  3. ChloeCat says:

    I’m growing to love him more each day. Such a refreshing change from that garbage that previously occupied the WH.

  4. UptownGirl says:

    I am in love with them!! Though, you gotta love their romance and how down to earth they both are!! And what a love story they have❤️
    I also love that he reads letters from Americans or whomever should right to him. And I love this new normalcy!! I have missed a POTUS that doesn’t drive our nerves into shambles everyday!!

  5. ce says:

    Take all this nomalcy and inject it into my veins please

  6. Laura says:

    Not to take away from his new experiences as Potus. But this is also more familiar to him than a novice coming in. As a former vice President he has walked those halls and participated in governing at the highest echelons , (or at least observed Obama)

  7. sa says:

    I didn’t realize that his going to bed early was supposed to be a criticism, I thought it was just information about his routine. On a day to day basis I want leaders who sleep at night, it’s how you stay at your best mentally.

  8. Case says:

    He’s just so NORMAL and NICE. It’s so refreshing.

    I too have become an early-to-bed and early-to-rise person, against my natural leanings. I could stay up until 2 a.m. and roll out of bed right before work (and I have done that many times!), but I get no pleasure from that — I end up feeling anxious and unproductive from going to bed late and sleeping late. I’m much happier and more energized when I’m asleep by 10:30 or so. I didn’t stay up to watch the ball drop on NYE nor did I finish watching the Golden Globes the other night as to not mess up my routine, and that’s huge for me.

  9. SarahCS says:

    I love everything about this and the thought of working in an office with dogs snoozing and a fire burning in the heart sounds wonderful. I mean I don’t envy him the pressure and the crazy long list of things he has to try and fix but it sounds like he’s well set up to get on with that.

  10. Willow says:

    Although he’s familiar with the office wing of the White House, he’s not at all familiar with the residence. He said the first morning they woke up in the White House, he looked at Jill and said ‘Where the h*ll are we?’ He’s so warm and comforting but most important knows how to do the job. I don’t how good he is at handling foreign leaders, so that’s a worry.

  11. Shannon says:

    Reading this gave me a warm fuzzy. I am so happy for normal.

  12. Nibbi says:

    He wasn’t my candidate in the primaries but now I’m finding it deeply, deeply comforting to know that a seasoned professional is in there now hitting the ground running, coming as he does in the midst of the pandemic and the absolute wreckage wrought by the previous inhabitant. He was VP fer cryin’ out loud, he doesn’t have to waste time feeling around.
    Thank you Christ Jesus for this normalcy in the Oval Office and I don’t at all mean that sarcastically.

  13. Teebee says:

    I don’t even live in the US but as a mid 50s woman, I love everything about this man. He brings such a peace to the tumultuousness of the past 4 years. Yet I do not suspect idleness, but a quiet determination and work ethic. I also think there will be room and need for more energy and youth in future presidents, but Biden is what we need now. To re-steer the ship, get people focussed on the tasks at hand and hopefully paving the way for a truly better future for the country.