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Biden talks tougher gun laws on Thanksgiving hike in Nantucket


President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are spending Thanksgiving in Nantucket with other members of their extended family, according to their family tradition.

The Bidens, along with their two-year-old grandson, Beau, visited firefighters at a Nantucket fire station to thank them for their hard work. They will also call military service members to thank them for their service.

Mr Biden briefly addressed reporters at the fire station, saying: ‘I’m sick of these shootings’ when asked about the Shooting of Virginia Walmart. He called for tougher gun laws and said ‘I’m going to try’ when asked if he would try to pass gun laws before Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January.

“I’m going to do it every time — I have to make that assessment as I walk in and start counting the votes,” Mr Biden said.

When asked if he will be getting a medical soon, Mr Biden laughed and said: ‘What, do you think I need this?’

Mr Biden and the first lady earlier called NBC’s Dylan Dreyer while she was on the air for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Mr. Biden said he was grateful to the emergency responders.

The first lady said they planned to have dinner and then take a walk on the beach.

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First Lady Jill Biden, left, walks with her grandson Beau Biden and President Joe Biden, following a visit with firefighters on Thanksgiving Day to the Nantucket Fire Department in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Thursday, November 24, 2022.

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The Bidens’ granddaughter, Naomi, the daughter of Hunter Biden and ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, was married last week at the White House.

According to Jill Biden’s memoir “Where the Light Enters,” the Bidens began vacationing in Nantucket on Thanksgiving when they first met. She wrote that Mr Biden’s chief of staff suggested Nantucket and they stayed at one of the waterfront cottages.

“Nantucket Thanksgiving became our tradition for the next four decades,” Jill wrote. “With few exceptions, we’ve made the trip every year since, creating rituals that would become a key part of our family along the way.”

In fact, the Bidens’ late son Beau Biden proposed to his wife Hallie at the annual Nantucket tree lighting in 2001, and they were married at St. Mary’s Church in downtown Nantucket.

Jill Biden wrote that the family skipped Nantucket in 2015, the first Thanksgiving after Beau’s death. But she said the following year their grandchildren asked to return to Nantucket.

“Thanksgiving has been Nantucket,” she wrote. “They missed the little shops, the ice cream parlor we always visited, the traditional Friday lunch. They wanted to watch the Christmas tree lighting and walk the cobbled streets. They wanted to be together. To feel normal again.

According to Mr. Biden’s memoir, “Promise Me, Dad,” Nantucket is where Beau and his youngest son Hunter told him in 2014 to run for president. “‘Dad you gotta run,'” Mr. Biden wrote that Beau had told him and he wrote that Hunter had said “‘We want you to run away.'”

Mr Biden chose not to run for president in 2016 due to Beau’s battle with brain cancer. Beau Biden died in May 2015.

Mr Biden has yet to say whether he will run for president in 2024, telling ’60 Minutes’ in September that he ‘intends’ to run again. “But it’s just an intention,” Mr. Biden said. “But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.”

Former President Donald Trump, whom Mr Biden defeated in 2020, announced last week that he would run for president in 2024.


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