By DARLENE SUPERVILLE (Associated Press)
NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden delivered at least a half-dozen pumpkin pies to Massachusetts firefighters on Thursday during a Thanksgiving Day appreciation event and his infant grandson is walked away with a red fire hat overcoming his blonde curls.
“Oh wow,” Biden was heard to say as he saw Beau Biden, who is almost 3, walk out of the headquarters building wearing the hat. The president was with the firefighters who had lined up in front of the building to greet him.
Biden had expressed his appreciation for firefighters and other emergency personnel earlier in the day when he and his wife, Jill, spoke by phone to the hosts of NBC’s broadcast of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
“I want to say thank you to the firefighters and the police, first responders. They never take a break,” he said on the call. The Bidens spoke later Thursday with units from each of the six branches of the U.S. military, stationed in Europe, at sea, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, the agency said. White House.
“We remember them every day,” he said on the show. “God bless our troops.
Jill Biden appeared to try to get her grandson to talk to the fire department, but Beau didn’t look up. She was overheard saying she didn’t know why he was so quiet.
During a brief chat with reporters, Biden said he hopes the next Republican-controlled house will continue U.S. aid to Ukraine. He also said his team was involved in negotiations to avoid a rail freight strike in early December that could further disrupt the economy.
After the visit, Biden returned to the Nantucket home where he is vacationing with his family, including his son Hunter and his wife, Melissa — who are Beau’s parents — and daughter Ashley.
They camp at a sprawling waterfront compound along Nantucket Harbor owned by David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm. Biden celebrated Thanksgiving at home in 2021.
The Bidens have a more than 40-year tradition of spending Thanksgiving on the island in Massachusetts.