Biden spending Thanksgiving on Nantucket with family
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are spending Thanksgiving on Nantucket with other members of their extended family, as per their family’s tradition.
The Bidens, along with their two-year-old grandson Beau, visited firefighters at a Nantucket firehouse to thank them for their hard work. The White House stated that they called each branch of the military who are stationed all over the world.
Mr. Biden spoke briefly to reporters at the firehouse, saying, “I’m sick and tired of these shootings” when asked about the Virginia Walmart shooting. When asked if he would pass gun legislation before the Republicans take control of Congress in January, he said that he would.
“I’m going to do it whenever — I got to make that assessment as I get in and start counting the votes,” Mr. Biden said.
The Bidens also called the owners of Club Q, the site of a shooting Saturday night that left five dead in Colorado Springs. The White House stated that the Bidens reaffirmed their support for the community and their commitment to fighting against hate and gun violence.
When asked if he would soon take a physical, Mr. Biden laughed and said, “What, do you think I need it?”
Mr. Biden and the first lady called in NBC’s Dylan Dreyer earlier, while they were on air for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Biden expressed gratitude for emergency responders.
The first lady said they were planning on having dinner and then taking a walk on the beach.
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 on Nantucket at Thanksgiving when they were first dating. She said that Mr. Biden’s then-chief o staff suggested Nantucket and they stayed at one of the cottages by the water.
“Nantucket Thanksgiving became our tradition for the next four decades,” Jill wrote. “With a few exceptions we’ve made it every year since then, creating rituals that would become an integral part of our family along this journey. “
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 died. She said that their grandchildren requested to return to Nantucket the year after Beau died.
“Thanksgiving was Nantucket,” she wrote. They missed the small shops, the ice cream parlor they always visited, and the traditional Friday lunch. They wanted to see the Christmas tree lighting, and walk the cobblestone streets. They wanted to be together. To feel normal again.
According to Mr. Biden’s memoir, “Promise Me, Dad,” Nantucket is where Beau and younger son Hunter in 2014 told him to run for president. “‘Dad, you’ve got to run,'” Mr. Biden wrote that Beau told him and he wrote that Hunter said “‘We want you to run.'”
Mr. Biden opted not to run for president in 2016 due to Beau’s battle with brain cancer. Beau Biden died in May 2015.
Mr. Biden has not yet said if he is running for president in 2024, telling “60 Minutes” in September that it is his “intention” to run again. ” “But it’s only an intention,” Mr. Biden stated. “But is it a firm determination that I run again?” It remains to be seen.
Former President Donald Trump, who Mr. Biden defeated in 2020, announced last week that he would be running for president in 2024.
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