US: Biden brings Thanksgiving pies to Nantucket first responders

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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 topping his blond curls.

President Joe Biden, center, standing next to Nantucket Fire Department Chief Michael Cranson, left, talks during a visit with firefighters on Thanksgiving Day at the Nantucket Fire Department in Nantucket, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) © Provided by The Associated Press President Joe Biden, center, standing next to Nantucket Fire Department Chief Michael Cranson, left, talks during a visit with firefighters on Thanksgiving Day at the Nantucket Fire Department in Nantucket, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) First Lady Jill Biden, left, holds the hand of her grandson Beau Biden, as they and President Joe Biden visit with firefighters on Thanksgiving Day at the Nantucket Fire Department in Nantucket, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) © Provided by The Associated Press First Lady Jill Biden, left, holds the hand of her grandson Beau Biden, as they and President Joe Biden visit with firefighters on Thanksgiving Day at the Nantucket Fire Department in Nantucket, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

“Oh wow,” Biden was heard to say upon seeing Beau Biden, who is nearly 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.

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Biden had expressed appreciation for firefighters and other emergency personnel earlier in the day when he and his wife, Jill, spoke by telephone to the hosts of NBC's broadcast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

“I want to say thanks to the firefighters and police officers, first responders. They never take a break,” he said during the call. The 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.

First Lady Jill Biden, left, walks with her grandson Beau Biden, and President Joe Biden, following a visit with firefighters on Thanksgiving Day at the Nantucket Fire Department in Nantucket, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) © Provided by The Associated Press First Lady Jill Biden, left, walks with her grandson Beau Biden, and President Joe Biden, following a visit with firefighters on Thanksgiving Day at the Nantucket Fire Department in Nantucket, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

“We remember them every single day,” he said during the broadcast. “God bless our troops.”

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Jill Biden appeared to try to get her grandson to talk to the firefighters, but Beau would not look up. She was overheard saying she did not know why he was being so quiet.

President Joe Biden talks with reporters during a visit on Thanksgiving Day to the Nantucket Fire Department in Nantucket, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) © Provided by The Associated Press President Joe Biden talks with reporters during a visit on Thanksgiving Day to the Nantucket Fire Department in Nantucket, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

During a brief conversation 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 freight rail strike in early December that could further disrupt the economy.

First Lady Jill Biden, left, walks with her grandson Beau Biden, as President Joe Biden, second from right, talks with firefighters during a visit to the Nantucket Fire Department on Thanksgiving Day in Nantucket, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) © Provided by The Associated Press First Lady Jill Biden, left, walks with her grandson Beau Biden, as President Joe Biden, second from right, talks with firefighters during a visit to the Nantucket Fire Department on Thanksgiving Day in Nantucket, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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

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They are camping out at a sprawling waterfront compound along Nantucket Harbor owned by David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm. Biden celebrated Thanksgiving at the home in 2021.

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

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