NANTUCKET, Mass. (TSTIME) — President Joe Biden delivered at least half a dozen pumpkin pies to Massachusetts firefighters on Thursday in a Thanksgiving Day show of appreciation, and his grandson walked away wearing a red fire hat perched on his blond curls.
“Oh wow,” Biden was heard to say when he saw Beau Biden, who is almost three, emerge from headquarters wearing the hat. The president was with the firefighters who lined up outside the building to welcome him.
Biden had expressed his appreciation for firefighters and other emergency responders earlier in the day when he and his wife, Jill, spoke by phone to the hosts of NBC’s broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
“I want to thank the firefighters and policemen, first responders. They never take a break,” he said during the conversation. The president later spoke to US military personnel who are away from their families during the holidays.
“We remember them every day,” he said during the broadcast. “God bless our troops.”
Jill Biden appeared to be trying to get her grandson to talk to the firefighters, but Beau wouldn’t look up. She was overheard and said she didn’t know why he was so quiet.
Speaking briefly with reporters, Biden said he hopes the upcoming Republican-controlled House will continue U.S. aid to Ukraine. He also said his team is involved in negotiations to avoid a rail freight strike in early December that could further disrupt the economy.
After the visit, Biden returned to the Nantucket home, where he will vacation with the family, which includes son Hunter and his wife Melissa — who are Beau’s parents — and daughter Ashley.
They camp on a sprawling waterfront property 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 island of Massachusetts.