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Biden’s Style Belies Ambitions Beyond Undoing Trump Legacy

  • New president draws deliberate contrasts with predecessor
  • Chief of staff says voters want quick results and broad change
Joe Biden in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on March 5.

Joe Biden in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on March 5.

Photographer: Al Drago/The New York Times/Bloomberg

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The new U.S. president starts his days with an early morning workout in the gym of the White House residence, watching MSNBC or CNN, and ends them at a reasonable hour often with a bowl of Breyers chocolate chip ice cream.

He doesn’t read Twitter unless someone shows him a tweet, and the posts at his own accounts are written by other people and almost never make news. He pores through briefing books, his aides say, beginning about 7:30 a.m. on weekdays, and receives an intelligence briefing most every day.