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Bidens greet troops at US Coast Guard Station Brant Point on Thanksgiving Day

<i>Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images</i><br/>President Joe Biden greets members of the Coast Guard in Nantucket
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Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
President Joe Biden greets members of the Coast Guard in Nantucket

By Betsy Klein, CNN

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden stopped by the US Coast Guard Station Brant Point Thursday, meeting with US troops stationed there as well as troops around the world virtually as they expressed their gratitude on the Thanksgiving holiday.

After about an hour inside the Coast Guard station, the Bidens walked outside to greet about 20 servicemembers in uniform, the President wishing them a happy Thanksgiving, handing out challenge coins, and posing for a group photo.

“I’m not joking when I say I’m thankful for these guys, thankful to them, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart,” Biden said.

“I’ve been all over the world. I’ve watched these people. I’ve watched them in the South China Sea. I’ve watched them in Afghanistan and Iraq, watched them in South America. Wherever they are, people wonder what America is, they look and they see them … And that makes me proud.”

The Bidens participated in a video call with US troops deployed abroad during their visit.

The Bidens, a White House aide said upon their arrival, would “virtually meet with servicemembers from around the world to thank them for their service and wish them a happy Thanksgiving. The servicemembers meeting the President and the First Lady represent the six branches of the military (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard).”

The Biden family, including the President’s children and grandchildren and significant others, are spending the holiday on the island of Nantucket, just off the coast of Massachusetts, a family Thanksgiving tradition for 46 years. They are staying at the waterfront home of billionaire and philanthropist David Rubenstein.

On the menu: thyme-roasted turkey; Grandmom Jacobs’ savory stuffing; classic turkey gravy; roasted kitchen garden fall vegetables; sweet potatoes, kale and button mushrooms; cranberry relish; apple pie, pumpkin pie and coconut cream pie; and chocolate chip ice cream.

Over the years, the family has been spotted at local holiday events, including participating in Turkey Trots, the town’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony and the Cold Turkey Plunge.

On Friday, the first lady said, they will be going to the town’s annual Christmas tree lighting on Main Street.

“We’re all going together,” she said. “We’ll see you at the tree lighting tomorrow.”

Earlier Thursday, the Bidens released a pre-recorded Thanksgiving message to the American people expressing their gratitude this year.

“This year, the blessings of Thanksgiving are especially meaningful,” the President said.

The first lady added, “After being apart last year, we have a new appreciation for those little moments we can’t plan or replicate.”

Biden also expressed gratitude to the troops and commemorated loss during the pandemic.

“As we gather again, our table and our hearts are full of grace and gratitude for all those we love. And as commander in chief I’m especially grateful to our servicemembers and their families, for their sacrifices to our nation,” he said, adding, “We also keep in our hearts those who we lost, and those who have lost so much. And those who have an empty seat at their kitchen table or their dining room table this year because of this virus or another cruel twist of fate or accident. We pray for them.”

The two also called in to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday, telling NBC host Al Roker, “America is back. There’s nothing we’re unable to overcome.”

This story has been updated with additional details.

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CNN’s Allie Malloy contributed to this report.

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  1. Greets about 20 US service members for a lame scripted photo op. Man this guy is pathetic. I’ll think I’ll go to YouTube and rewatch Bush secretly fly into an active warzone in Iraq and greet/surprise over 500 US troops. You know, something actually newsworthy….

        1. “Or the time biden called US servicemen and women a “bunch of stupid bastards”?”

          The time that it was said as the punchline of a joke that received both laughter and applause from the troops present at the event in 2016? The speech given so well it got a standing ovation from them?

          Pro Tip: Not every doesn’t bother to look up the source or context of a quote. It took all of about 2 minutes to find the actual origin of that comment.

          1. Oh I see. When dems do it it’s a joke. Speaking of jokes.. what’s the punchline for this joke of a bastard in the white house? Record inflation? Skyrocketing gas prices? Open borders with record illegal immigration? Illegal mandates? Record crime levels in Democrat controlled cities? The list goes on and on. Hilarious. I guess that what 🤡’s do best.

    1. Yeah, maybe we should’ve had one of those “grand parades” big fat failed and fired donnie the orange snowflake saw in France. ROTFLMAO!!! Also probably should’ve left our troops in Afghanistan to die needlessly while Biden played golf. Soooooo much failing for the trump Borg!!!

    2. Since you are into newsworthy comparisons and obviously need a lesson in vocabulary, the definition of pathetic is gassing peaceful protesters to get your photo with an upside down bible in front of a church where you weren’t invited.

    1. Ben, the sad thing is Old Joe is emblematic of an America’s decline. What scares me at night is Old Joe nodding off at his desk and head hitting the Nuclear War.

  2. President Biden never served this nation in uniform, much less fought for it at the risk of his own life…

    Neither did President Trump…

    President Bush served in uniform but “disappeared”, never serving under fire much less forward deployed to a war zone…

    President Clinton never served…

    President Reagan served during WW2 in Public Affairs / Motion Pictures…

    President Carter served in the United States Navy…

    President Ford served in the United States Navy in the Pacific during WW2…

    President Nixon served in the Pacific during WW2…

    President Kennedy served at a PT boat commander in the Pacific during WW2…

    In short, only those presidents who served the nation in uniform and under fire resonate with the troops, regardless of holiday. In Biden’s case, his total lack of understanding, empathy, compassion, and experience regarding anything military was made evident when he stupidly placed our troops in Harm’s Way in Afghanistan, the result being 13 of them being needlessly wasted…and then couldn’t stop looking at his watch as their remains were returned home.

    He can pose with the unfortunate souls at the Coast Guard station where he was vacationing all he wants – they know – as do all of us who have served and also fought for the United States of America…and lost friends and loved ones in the process.

    And for those of us who wore and wear the Green Beret – John F. Kennedy will always see us at Arlington on the day he was laid to rest – no president since has earned our Respect and indeed, Love.

    At the request of Mrs. Kennedy –

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