WASHINGTON — President Biden thanked first responders with an awkward phone call in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday that provided some scary TV for viewers of the annual parade.
From the Massachusetts island home of private equity billionaire David Rubenstein, the president and first lady Jill Biden had a call that began with a long and awkward silence when NBC’s Dylan Dryer, on scene at the parade, was not in was unable to hear the two. about 30 seconds.
“I’m not one to take a call during TV, but I think I should answer this one,” Dreyer said.
“Hello, Mr. President?” the reporter said.
But no one answered as Jill Biden could be heard faintly in the background after seconds 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 chimed in: “Hello? Happy Thanksgiving, Mr. President. Are you there?”
This seemed to get Biden’s attention and he replied: ‘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.”
The first lady jumped in and added, “And God bless our troops for sure.”
“And by the way, we’re going to talk to some of our troops later in the day, both here and abroad. I hope everyone remembers,” the president said. “We remember them every day. God truly blesses our troops.”
It was the second year the Bidens called in the annual parade, which this year features 27 giant balloons and 31 floats.
The pair is scheduled to call U.S. service members at 11:30 a.m. ET on Thursday. But first, they visited a Nantucket fire station with grandson Beau, 2.
The Bidens dropped off some pumpkin pies for the firefighters, who in return gave Beau a miniature fire hat. The boy is the Bidens’ youngest grandchild – the son of Hunter Biden and his wife, Melissa Cohen.