After about an hour contained in the Coast Guard station, the Bidens walked outdoors to greet about 20 servicemembers in uniform, the President wishing them a cheerful Thanksgiving, handing out problem cash, and posing for a bunch photograph.
“I’m not joking when I say I’m thankful for these guys, thankful to them, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart,” Biden mentioned.
“I’ve been all over the world. I’ve watched these people. I’ve watched them in the South China Sea. I’ve watched them in Afghanistan and Iraq, watched them in South America. Wherever they are, people wonder what America is, they look and they see them … And that makes me proud.”
The Bidens participated in a video name with US troops deployed overseas throughout their go to.
The Bidens, a White House aide mentioned upon their arrival, would “virtually meet with servicemembers from around the world to thank them for their service and wish them a happy Thanksgiving. The servicemembers meeting the President and the First Lady represent the six branches of the military (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard).”
The Biden household, together with the President’s youngsters and grandchildren and vital others, are spending the vacation on the island of Nantucket, simply off the coast of Massachusetts, a household Thanksgiving custom for 46 years. They are staying on the waterfront residence of billionaire and philanthropist David Rubenstein.
On the menu: thyme-roasted turkey; Grandmom Jacobs’ savory stuffing; traditional turkey gravy; roasted kitchen backyard fall greens; candy potatoes, kale and button mushrooms; cranberry relish; apple pie, pumpkin pie and coconut cream pie; and chocolate chip ice cream.
Over the years, the household has been noticed at native vacation occasions, together with collaborating in Turkey Trots, the city’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony and the Cold Turkey Plunge.
On Friday, the primary girl mentioned, they are going to be going to the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting on Main Street.
“We’re all going together,” she mentioned. “We’ll see you at the tree lighting tomorrow.”
Earlier Thursday, the Bidens launched a pre-recorded Thanksgiving message to the American folks expressing their gratitude this 12 months.
“This year, the blessings of Thanksgiving are especially meaningful,” the President mentioned.
The first girl added, “After being apart last year, we have a new appreciation for those little moments we can’t plan or replicate.”
Biden additionally expressed gratitude to the troops and commemorated loss in the course of the pandemic.
“As we gather again, our table and our hearts are full of grace and gratitude for all those we love. And as commander in chief I’m especially grateful to our servicemembers and their families, for their sacrifices to our nation,” he mentioned, including, “We also keep in our hearts those who we lost, and those who have lost so much. And those who have an empty seat at their kitchen table or their dining room table this year because of this virus or another cruel twist of fate or accident. We pray for them.”
The two additionally known as in to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday, telling NBC host Al Roker, “America is back. There’s nothing we’re unable to overcome.”
This story has been up to date with further particulars.
CNN’s Allie Malloy contributed to this report.