Biden, first responder in Nantucket, brings Thanksgiving pies

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE (Associated Press)

Nantucket, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday showed at least half a dozen pumpkins to Massachusetts firefighters on Thanksgiving Day and left his toddler grandson with a fiery red hat with yellow curls.

“Oh wow,” Biden was heard saying when he saw Beau Biden, who is almost 3, walk out of the capitol building wearing a hat. It was the president with the balls that lined up outside the building to receive him.

Biden had expressed his appreciation of firefighters and other emergency workers earlier in the day when he and his wife, Jill, spoke by phone to the NBC radio crew at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

“I want to thank the firefighters and police officers, the first responders. Never a break,” he said in the call. Biden later Thursday spoke with units from each of the six US military bases 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 day,” he said. “God bless our soldiers.”

Jill Biden was seen trying to get her grandson to talk to the fighters, but Beau refused to look up. She was heard saying that she did not know why she was so quiet.

During a brief interview with reporters, Biden said he hopes the Republican House will be the next US aid to Ukraine. He also said his team was involved in talks to avoid transport shutdowns in early December that could further disrupt the economy.

After the visit, Biden returned home to Nantucket where he is spending the holidays with family, including his son Hunter and his wife, Melissa — who are Beau’s parents — and daughter Ashley.

The family’s Thanksgiving dinner included a thyme-roasted turkey, corned beef and gravy, seared scallops, three kinds of pie and the president’s favorite ice cream, chocolate chip.

The camp is composed of a sprawling mansion, according to Nantucket Harbor owner David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm. Biden celebrated Thanksgiving at home in 2011.

The Bidens have a more than 40-year tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving on the island of Massachusetts.

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