The staff of 90 that normally tends to the president’s residence has been cut to 15. In the West Wing, only a scaled-back menu is available at the White House mess.
Vice President Joe Biden gets to keep the single staffer who works at his Naval Observatory residence, but his 24-person White House team has been cut in half.
The term “White House mess” does not refer to any particular member of the administration or policy, but instead refers to “three small dining rooms located in the basement of the White House next door to the Situation Room. This exclusive dining facility is run by the US Navy.”
It just isn’t the same these days.