WASHINGTON – President Biden thanked first responders with an awkward phone call to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday that provided cringeworthy television for viewers of the annual parade.
From the Massachusetts island home of private equity billionaire David Rubenstein, the president and first lady Jill Biden took a call that began with a long and uncomfortable silence as NBC’s Dylan Dryer, who was at the scene of the march, appeared to be absent. can hear the pair for about 30 seconds.
“I’m not one to take a phone call during TV, but I think I should answer this one,” Dreyer said.
“Hello, Mr President?” said the reporter.
But no one answered as Jill Biden could be heard faintly in the background after moments of dead air and confusion.
“I don’t think I can hear you…” Dreyer then said. “Can you hear me, Mr. President.”
Biden could then be heard saying something to the first lady and then Dreyer sang, “Hello? Happy Thanksgiving, Mr. Are you there?”
That seemed to get Biden’s attention and he responded: “We’re here.”
“I want to say thank you to the firefighters and police officers, first responders,” Biden said once the connection finally became clear. “They never take a break.”
Jumping in, the first woman added, “God bless our soldiers for sure.”
“And by the way, we’re going to be talking to some of our soldiers later in the day, here and abroad. I hope everyone remembers,” the president said. “We remember them every day. God truly bless our troops.”
This was the second year that the Bidens called in the annual parade, which this year includes 27 huge balloons and 31 floats.
The pair is expected to call US service members at 11:30 a.m. ET on Thursday. But first, they visited the Nantucket fire station with grandson Beau, 2.
The Bidens dropped off some pumpkin pies for the firefighters, who gave Beau a small fire hat in return. The boy is the Bidens’ youngest grandchild – the son of Hunter Biden and his wife, Melissa Cohen.