Biden call into Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade turns into cringe TV moment

WASHINGTON – President Biden thanked first responders for an unusual call at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday that provided some spectacular 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 made a phone call that began with a long, sad silence when NBC’s Dylan Dryer, on the parade scene, seemed unable to hear the two. about 30 seconds.

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“I’m not one to take calls during TV, but I think I should answer this,” Dreyer said.

“Hello, Mr. President?” said the writer.

But no one answered as Jill Biden could be heard in the background after seconds of dead air and confusion.

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“I don’t think I can hear you…” Dreyer then said. “You can hear me, Mr. President.”

Then Biden was heard saying something to the first lady and then Dreyer walked in, “Hello? Happy Thanksgiving, Mr. President. Are you there?”

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Call.

The president’s phone call with NBC’s Dylan Dryer began with a long, uncomfortable silence.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Call.

President Biden thanked first responders during the call.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Call.

It was the second year the Bidens were named in the annual parade.

That seemed to get Biden’s attention and he replied: “We’re here.”

“I want to say thank you to the firefighters and the police officers, the first responders,” Biden said as soon as the connection came to light. “They never take a break.”

Jumping in, the first lady added, “And God bless our soldiers without a doubt.”


President Biden, with the first lady and grandson Beau Biden Jr., arriving with firefighter buns in Nantucket, Massachusetts.


Biden responded after a delayed and awkward silence.


Biden answered the phone from his Massachusetts island home.

Joe Biden
The president and first lady Jill Biden participated in a call that began with a long and uncomfortable silence with NBC’s Dylan Dryer.
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The firefighters gave Beau a small fire helmet.
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“And by the way, we will be talking to some of our troops later in the day, here and abroad. I hope everyone remembers,” the president said. “We remember them every day. God bless our soldiers.”

It was the second year the Bidens were invited to the annual parade, which this year features 27 giant balloons and 31 floats.

The two are scheduled to call US officials at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday. But first, they visited the Nantucket fire station with grandson Beau, 2.

The Bidens dropped off pumpkin pies for the firefighters, who in return gave Beau a small fire helmet. The boy is the youngest grandson of the Bidens – the son of Hunter Biden and his wife, Melissa Cohen.


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