On January 20th, 2021, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th President of The United States of America. This title comes with a few more perks than simply being the leader of the free world. One of these perks, at least for the 45 prior US Presidents, is that anyone who addresses you uses the title “Mr. President” as a show of respect.
Joe Biden, however, doesn’t feel the need for such formalities. He has insisted that everyone just calls him “Phil.”
“Mr. President is too much for me,” Biden explains. “Phil is the name my mother gave me and it’s the only one I’ve ever used.”
Reports from inside the White House say that White House staff is struggling to adjust to this change, especially those who served prior presidents. Biden allegedly even raised his voice at White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki after she mistakenly called him “Mr. President.”
“Jesus Christ, it’s Phil. It’s not hard. Just call me Phil, dammit. Phil, Phil, Phil. Seriously, People. I’ve said it so many times, at this point, I feel like calling me Mr. President is like calling a black person the N-word. You wouldn’t call a black person the N-word, Jen. So, why would you call me Mr. President?”
Further reports say that no one has slipped up since this incident and the entire staff is getting comfortable with saying “Phil.”