More and more details are emerging about Joe Biden‘s personal habits, including an apparent aversion to leafy greens when he faces the public.
The New York Times recently spoke with more than two dozen current and former associates of the man in the Oval Office, including Christopher Freeman, who catered for Biden several times a week when he was the vice president.
Freeman claims that the staff was told not to serve leafy greens at various events during Biden’s tenure because the VP didn’t want to be pictured with leaves stuck in his teeth.
As president, it’s not clear if Biden’s aversion to the leafy greens remains, although the logic would still apply considering he’s the face of a nation.
Caterer Christopher Freeman says staff were told not to serve leafy greens at events back when Biden was the vice president because he didn’t want leaves in his smile
Biden seemed to be cognizant of how often he was photographed when he was VP
These days, Biden does eat salad during lunch, but it’s unknown if leafy greens are in his diet
Biden reportedly returns to the residence most nights to dine with his wife, Jill, by around 7pm.
One of his favorite meals is pasta with red sauce. The First Lady’s preferences, meanwhile, are either grilled chicken or fish.
Biden is given 30 minutes for lunch – a rotation of salad, soup, and sandwiches – but he tends to eats alone or with Vice President Kamala Harris because of the COVID pandemic.
Freeman says Dr. Jill Biden was ‘an oenophile of the first degree,’ but that the former VP typically stayed away from alcohol.
An avoidance of leafy greens was not the only interesting culinary decision being made back when Biden was vice president, either.
According to a preference sheet, the staff was tasked with keeping vanilla chocolate chip Haagen-Dazs ice cream around, as well as Special K cereal, red grapes, sliced cheese, six eggs, sliced bread, a tomato from the garden, and at least two apples at any given time.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden picks up some lunch at Pearl’s Southern Cooking restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi on March 8, 2020
Biden holds an ice cream cone in his hand during a two-day campaign kickoff in Monticello, Iowa in April 2019
Joe Biden also liked to have orange Gatorade around the residence.
In addition to his food and drink preferences, the Times also reported on various other elements of a day in the Biden administration.
For instance, aides describe meetings as ‘decision-making seminars’ where the president ‘demands hours of detail-laden debate from scores of policy experts’ as part of a ‘Socratic’ process before coming to a conclusion.
Biden has hung up the phone during a conversation if he doesn’t think he’s getting the information he needs from the talk.
Sometimes when aides don’t have answers on hand to his questions, Biden will even respond with a profanity-laced outburst.
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former VP Joe Biden eats ice cream during a campaign stop at a local shop in Manchester, New Hampshire on February 8, 2020
Vice President Joe Biden, seated next to Rep. Bob Brady’s, D-Pa., wife, Debra, has lunch at Pat’s King of Steaks in Philadelphia on April 9, 2010
Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle have breakfast with Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, in 2008
A longtime aide defended Biden, 78, saying the president needs time to process the material so he feels comfortable selling it to the public.
Biden typically arrives in the Oval Office around 9:30am after he spends his morning exercising with his German shepherds Champ and Major usually in tow.
The older Biden grandkids usually spend long weekends or part of their weeks at the White House with their grandparents.
They refer to the president as ‘pop’ and show him the videos on TikTok. Biden has even Venmoed them money when they need it.
Vice President Joe Biden serves Marine Corp Lance Cpl. William Carpenter, 22, salad during his annual Thanksgiving dinner for wounded warriors of the U.S. military in Washington, Nov. 21, 2011
Biden sits at a table at a Democratic Party fundraising dinner in Des Moines, Iowa on November 1, 2019
White House staff have adjusted to Biden’s quirks, padding his schedule with 15-minute breaks because they know meetings will go long.
Biden doesn’t watch hours of cable news, with the television that Donald Trump installed in the dining room next to the Oval Office rarely on during the day.