WASHINGTON – President Biden thanked first responders on a phone call to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday that provided television-worthy coverage for viewers of the annual parade.
From the Massachusetts island home of independent billionaire David Rubenstein, the president and first lady Jill Biden made a call that began with a long, uncomfortable silence as NBC’s Dylan Dryer , on stage at the parade, the couple did not seem to hear. about 30 seconds.
“I’m not one to take phone calls while on TV, but I think I should answer this one,” Dreyer said.
“Hello, Mr. President?” asked the reporter.
But no one answered because Jill Biden was heard in the background after a few seconds of storm and confusion.
“I don’t think I can hear you…” Dreyer then said. “Can you hear me, Mr. President?”
Biden is then heard saying something to the first lady and then Dreyer says, “Hello? Happy to say thank you, Mr. President. Are you there?”
This seemed to catch Biden’s attention and he replied, “We’re here.”
“I want to thank the firefighters and the police, the first responders,” Biden said when the connection was cleared. “They never take a break.”
The first woman jumped in and added, “And God will bless our soldiers.”
“And in fact, we will talk to some soldiers during the day, here and abroad. I hope everyone will remember,” said the president. “We remember them every day. May God truly bless our soldiers.”
This is the second year Biden has called for the annual parade, which this year includes 27 giant balloons and 31 floats.
The couple is scheduled to call US officials at 11:30 a.m. ET on Thursday. But first, they visited a Nantucket fire station with their 2-year-old grandson Beau.
The Bidens threw out pumpkin pies for the firefighters, who gave Beau a little fire hat. The boy is the Bidens’ youngest grandchild – the son of Hunter Biden and his wife, Melissa Cohen.