“By the way — all of them, with one exception, have picked up the phone and called me, as well,” he said, a clear allusion to Trump, without naming him.
Trump was the first president in modern history to decline to participate in the traditional meeting with his successor, and the Trumps did not host the Bidens at the White House for the customary inauguration day meeting or beforehand.
Biden suggested that in the past, he has viewed presidencies through the lens of great American presidents in history, naming Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and George Washington, whom he described as “super human.”
But, he said, he feels more comfortable seeing himself in 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 said.