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Uncomfortable silence after Joe Biden made a call for the NBC Thanksgiving Parade Show

Joe and Jill Biden had some tricky technical issues when they called into NBC’s Today show during the annual broadcast of NYC’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Reporter Dylan Dreyer had to wait an excruciating 17 seconds for a response to her excited “Hello Mr. President” while reporting from Manhattan on Thursday morning.

Before Biden addressed her, the 80-year-old could be heard talking to First Lady Jill, with the pair apparently expressing confusion over the connection issues.

Whenever they finally got through, the couple explained how they were on their traditional Thanksgiving holiday to Nantucket before paying tribute to first responders and soldiers.

“I want to thank the firefighters and policemen, first responders. They never take a break,” the president said.

“And surely God bless our troops,” the first lady added.

“And by the way, we’re going to talk to some of our troops later today, both here and abroad. I hope everyone remembers. We remember them every day. God truly bless our troops,” the president said.

It was the second year in a row that the Bidens attended the annual parade. This year’s event features Mariah Carey and Paula Abdul. It will have 27 giant balloons and 31 floats.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden came to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade Thursday morning and spoke with NBC’s Dylan Dreyer

NBC’s Dylan Dreyer admitted she was worried the conversation would fall through.

“I don’t think I can hear you, can you hear me, Mr. President,” she said.

The Bidens were heard saying something unintelligible.

“Hello, Happy Thanksgiving, Mr. President, are you there?” she said.

“I was so afraid this call wouldn’t go through,” she added after the president finally answered.

They said they were planning to have dinner with their family and maybe take a walk on the beach afterwards.

“Well, we’re just going to have dinner with the family, probably take a walk on the beach,” Jill Biden noted.

President Biden also indicated he would call to check in on veteran host Al Roker, 68. Roker missed hosting duties for the first time in 28 years after suffering blood clots on his leg.

The first couple — along with son Hunter, his wife Melissa Cohen, their son Beau and their daughter Ashley — arrived on Nantucket Tuesday evening.

The clan camps again at the luxurious Nantucket compound owned by billionaire businessman turned philanthropist David Rubenstein – the same place they stayed for the holidays last year.

The $20 million, 13,000-square-foot home sits on 13 acres of waterfront land. It has access to a private beach.

The Bidens have been going to Nantucket for 46 years since Biden was a senator. The first couple will return to the White House on Sunday.

In his 2017 memoir “Promise me Dad,” Biden wrote that Thanksgiving in 1975 was the first holiday he and his now-wife Jill spent together, taking his young sons Beau and Hunter to Nantucket for some bonding time.

Since then, they have rarely missed a vacation on Nantucket.

THE BIDEN FAMILY ARRIVE: (From left) President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Ashley Biden, Melissa Cohen, baby Beau Biden, and Hunter Biden step off Air Force One Tuesday night for their Nantucket Thanksgiving break

THE BIDEN FAMILY ARRIVE: (From left) President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Ashley Biden, Melissa Cohen, baby Beau Biden, and Hunter Biden step off Air Force One Tuesday night for their Nantucket Thanksgiving break

THE BIDEN FAMILY ARRIVE: (From left) President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Ashley Biden, Melissa Cohen, baby Beau Biden, and Hunter Biden step off Air Force One Tuesday night for their Nantucket Thanksgiving break

The Bidens will camp again at the luxurious Nantucket compound owned by billionaire businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein — the same place they stayed for the holidays last year

The Bidens will camp again at the luxurious Nantucket compound owned by billionaire businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein — the same place they stayed for the holidays last year

The Bidens will camp again at the luxurious Nantucket compound owned by billionaire businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein — the same place they stayed for the holidays last year

The island became a place of many memories for the family. Beau proposed to his future wife Hallie at the Christmas tree lighting in 2001 and married her in a downtown church.

One of the few Thanksgivings the Bidens missed in Nantucket was in 2015, about six months after Beau Biden died. The family went to Rome instead. They also transitioned in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic.

As they called into the parade on Thursday, President Biden noted that “we’ve been coming to Nantucket since we first married the whole family. It has become a tradition.’

The White House also posted a Thanksgiving message from the Bidens on its social media accounts: “Today and every day we have so much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving to our servicemen and military families whose loved ones are on duty and unable to be with their families. We hope your day is filled with joy and gratitude.”

The president and first lady also called units from every branch of our military, stationed around the world, to thank them and their families for their service to the country, the White House said.

The Bidens called the Army 10th Special Forces Group, sailors on the USS Paul Ignatius, Marine Corps Combat Logistics Battalion 6, Air Force 509th Munitions Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Space Force 16th Expeditionary Electromagnetic Warfare Flight, and Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305, that is Guantánamo Bay.

After being called onto the parade route, the first couple brought along their two-year-old grandson Beau on Thursday when they visited a Nantucket fire station to hand out pumpkin pies and thank them for their service.

The first pair held the little boy as they walked over to the brigade to greet them on their Thanksgiving Day visit.

‘How are you?’ said Biden. ‘You are the best.’

The firefighters gave Beau, who was named after Biden’s late son Beau, a miniature fire hat.

The little boy, dressed in jeans and a blue puffer coat, promptly donned the red hat over his long blonde hair. He held the first lady, whom the grandchildren call “Nana.”

President Biden received a baseball cap with the Nantucket Fire Department logo, which he promptly donned.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden brought their grandson Beau as they delivered pumpkin pies to the Nantucket Fire Department

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden brought their grandson Beau as they delivered pumpkin pies to the Nantucket Fire Department

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden brought their grandson Beau as they delivered pumpkin pies to the Nantucket Fire Department

Beau Biden, 2, in his red fire hat, holding hands with first lady Jill Biden in Nantucket on Thursday morning

Beau Biden, 2, in his red fire hat, holding hands with first lady Jill Biden in Nantucket on Thursday morning

Beau Biden, 2, in his red fire hat, holding hands with first lady Jill Biden in Nantucket on Thursday morning

Jill Biden helps Beau Biden put on his hat after getting it from the local fire department, much to the youngster's delight

Jill Biden helps Beau Biden put on his hat after getting it from the local fire department, much to the youngster's delight

Jill Biden helps Beau Biden put on his hat after getting it from the local fire department, much to the youngster’s delight

President Biden visits the Nantucket firefighters for Thanksgiving in his signature aviator glasses

President Biden visits the Nantucket firefighters for Thanksgiving in his signature aviator glasses

President Biden visits the Nantucket firefighters for Thanksgiving in his signature aviator glasses

Beau Biden wears his fire hat as President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden head out with one of their bodyguards

Beau Biden wears his fire hat as President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden head out with one of their bodyguards

Beau Biden wears his fire hat as President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden head out with one of their bodyguards

President Biden at the firehouse.  Earlier on Thursday, he paid tribute to first responders and members of the armed forces in a phone call with NBC's Today

President Biden at the firehouse.  Earlier on Thursday, he paid tribute to first responders and members of the armed forces in a phone call with NBC's Today

President Biden at the firehouse. Earlier on Thursday, he paid tribute to first responders and members of the armed forces in a phone call with NBC’s Today

Joe and Jill Biden spoke with Nantucket Fire Department Captain Nathan Barber (to the president's left), who was named Nantucket's Man of the Year after helping fight a massive blaze this summer

Joe and Jill Biden spoke with Nantucket Fire Department Captain Nathan Barber (to the president's left), who was named Nantucket's Man of the Year after helping fight a massive blaze this summer

Joe and Jill Biden spoke with Nantucket Fire Department Captain Nathan Barber (to the president’s left), who was named Nantucket’s Man of the Year after helping fight a massive blaze this summer

The first couple posed for photos with the fire department, the fire trucks visible in the background.

The president also met with Nantucket Fire Department Captain Nathan Barber, who was named Nantucket’s Man of the Year.

Barber helped fight a massive fire at the historic Veranda House hotel this summer, which destroyed that building and two nearby homes.

At the time the fire started, he was off duty and was getting coffee nearby when he saw smoke billowing from the Veranda House.

He ran to the building and when a guest said his son was trapped in the building, Barber ran in to help find him and other guests trapped in the blazing blaze.

Barber was hospitalized after the fire for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion.

Most buildings on Nantucket are made of wood. They are also grouped close together, making fire a major risk on the island.

NMagazine, the local magazine, put Barber on the cover.

Both Joe and Jill Biden signed the magazine for him. The president wrote something he’s long said about firefighters: “God made man, and then he made some firefighters.”

Jill Biden also made a solo visit to the firehouse in July when she was on the island at a fundraiser for the Democratic Party.

The Bidens are spending the Thanksgiving holiday on Nantucket. Beau is the son of Hunter Biden and his wife Melissa Cohen, who are traveling but did not join the visit to the fire station.

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