Biden says he asks Secret Service to keep out of his room at breakfast time because he isn't dressed
United States President Joe Biden responds to shouted questions from reporters as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on July 21, 2021 in Washington, DC
President Biden asks the Secret Service to stay out of his room at breakfast because he is not dressed.
Biden mentioned the habit when telling CNN that he likes to have breakfast in his robes.
The president is usually closely flanked by an intelligence agent.
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President Joe Biden said he is asking Secret Service agents to stay out of his bedroom at breakfast time because he is not yet dressed.
Biden gave a glimpse into his morning routine at a CNN town hall on Wednesday.
He said he likes to start his day in his robe and eat breakfast undisturbed by his protection team. Intelligence agents usually stay close to the president when he's moving around the White House, where he lives with his wife, Jill.
When asked by CNN's Don Lemon about what life was like behind the scenes at the White House, Biden said the intelligence agents protecting him were "wonderful."
But he said he likes to break certain protocols in order to lead a more normal life.
"Because things are so crazy out there, it's very hard to be as comfortable as I normally would be," Biden told Lemon.
“For example, I think all the help out there, the provision of meals and everything else, they love us.
"You say 'don't come in for breakfast. We can get our own breakfast' because I like to go out and in my robes."
After the audience laughed, Biden added, “No, no ... you think I'm kidding?
Biden has previously described feeling uncomfortable in the White House. He described the residence at an event in February as "a gilded cage, in terms of being able to go outside and do things".
"I was raised so that you weren't looking for someone to wait for you," he told CNN's Anderson Cooper in February. "I find myself extremely confident."
He said it was much more restrictive than the Number One Observatory Circle, where he lived as Vice President under Barack Obama between 2009 and 2017.
Biden said Wednesday that his determination to lead a normal life in the White House meant that he usually had no sense of the importance of his position as president.
He said he fully realized the power of his office when he traveled to Europe in June for the G7 conference, his first visit abroad.
“The only place I get a feel for what the office means is when I went to Europe and watched the rest of the heads of state react to me - not me [but] because I was the President of the United States am United States of America. "
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