President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden called into NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, but the conversation got off to a rocky start.
NBC’s Dylan Dreyer greeted the president at the beginning of the segment, but the two parties struggled to connect for about 20 seconds.
“Can you hear me, Mr. President?” Dreyer asked.
“We’re here,” Biden replied.
“Oh, I was so worried that this call wasn’t going to go through,” Dreyer said.
The president and first lady eventually established a clearer connection and were able to talk about their annual Thanksgiving trip to Nantucket, Massachusettswhere the Bidens met with and thanked emergency personnel.
“I want to say thank you to the firefighters and policemen, first responders. They never take a break,” the president said after communications were restored.
“And God bless our troops for sure,” Jill Biden said.
“And by the way, we’re going to be talking to some of our troops later today, both here and overseas. I hope everybody remembers that. We remember them every single day,” Biden continued. “God bless our troops indeed!”
Biden pardoned two turkeys from North Carolina on Monday, “Chocolate” and “Chip,” which he said are his favorite ice cream flavors.