NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday delivered at least half a dozen pumpkin pies to Massachusetts firefighters during a Thanksgiving Day show of appreciation, and his toddler grandson walked away with a red fire hat atop his blonde curls.
“Oh wow,” Biden was heard saying as he saw Beau Biden, who is almost 3, emerge from the headquarters building wearing the hat. The president was with the firefighters who had lined up outside the building to welcome him.
Earlier in the day, Biden had expressed his appreciation for firefighters and other emergency personnel when he and his wife, Jill, spoke by phone with 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 police officers, first responders. They never take a break,” he said during the call. Bidens spoke later Thursday with units from each of the six branches of the U.S. military stationed in Europe, at sea, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, the White House said.
“We remember them every single day,” he said during the broadcast. “God bless our troops.”
Jill Biden appeared to be trying to get his grandson to talk to the firefighters, but Beau wouldn’t look up. She was overheard saying she didn’t know why he was so quiet.
During a brief conversation with reporters, Biden said he hopes the incoming Republican-controlled House will continue US aid to Ukraine. He also said his team is engaged in negotiations to avoid one freight train strike in early December, which could further disrupt the economy.
After the visit, Biden returned to the Nantucket home where he is vacationing with family, including son Hunter and his wife, Melissa — who are Beau’s parents — and daughter Ashley.
They camp out at a sprawling waterfront lot 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 Massachusetts island.