NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden delivered at least a half-dozen pies to Massachusetts firefighters Thursday during a Thanksgiving Day appreciation event and his infant grandson walked away with a red fire hat topping her 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 president noted that he would also speak later with US service members who are separated from their families for the holidays.
“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.
After visiting the fire department, Biden returned to the Nantucket home where he is spending the vacation with his family, including 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.
Biden and his family have been spending Thanksgiving on the island of Massachusetts for more than four decades.
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