Jill Biden and daughter Ashley took the family dog Commander out for a Thanksgiving walk on Thursday, even pausing to take a selfie in the process.
The first lady and Ashley walked out of the $30 million compound the Biden clan is staying in on Nantucket to the private beach attached to the residence. Ashley appeared to bend down to pick something off the beach. The beaches in Nantucket are filled with shells and colorful stones.
They also took the dog out on a dock that overlooks the Nantucket Harbor.
Commander looked off the edge as if contemplating a jump into the icy water but the German shepherd pup was on a leash and stayed safely on shore.
Ashley, at one point, held up her phone for a selfie, with the first lady peering over her daughter’s shoulder to get in the frame.
President Joe Biden didn’t join the mom and daughter duo. The two women were dressed warmly for the sunny but chilly day, wearing black winter coats. Ashley wore a purple hat.
Jill Biden and daughter Ashley took the family dog Commander out for a Thanksgiving walk on Thursday, even pausing to take a selfie in the process
The mom and daughter duo took a walk on the private beach attached to the home they are staying in on Nantucket
At one point, Ashley bent down to pick something up – the beaches in Nantucket are covered with shells and rocks
Jill and Ashley took Commander out on a dock that overlooked Nantucket Harbor
The Biden clan is spending Thanksgiving on Nantucket
At one point, Commander looked down into the water
Ashley holds up her phone to take a selfie with the first lady
The walk capped off a busy Thanksgiving Day for the Bidens, who are spending the holiday weekend on the island off the coast of Massachusetts.
The first couple called into the Macy’s Day Parade, telephoned various branches of the U.S. military, and took their two-year-old grandson Beau with them when they visited a Nantucket fire station to hand out pumpkin pies and offer thanks for their service.
The first couple held hands with the little boy as they walked up to greet the brigade on their Thanksgiving Day visit.
‘How are you guys?’ President Biden said. ‘You’re the best.’
The firefighters gave Beau, who is named after Biden’s late son Beau, a miniature firefighter hat.
The little boy, wearing jeans and a blue puffer coat, promptly put the red hat on over his long blonde hair. He held onto the first lady, who the grandkids call ‘Nana.’
President Biden received a baseball cap with the logo of the Nantucket Fire Department, which he put on.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden brought their grandson Beau with them when 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
Jill Biden helps Beau Biden put on his hat after he was gifted it by the local fire department, much to the youngster’s obvious delight
President Biden visits with the Nantucket fire fighters in his trademark aviator shades for Thanksgiving
Beau Biden carries his fire hat as President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden head out with one of their bodyguards
President Biden at the firehouse. He paid tribute to first responders and members of the armed forces in a phone chat with NBC’s Today earlier on Thursday
The first couple posed for pics with the fire brigade, 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 this summer helped fight a massive fire at the historic Veranda House hotel, which took out that building and two nearby homes.
At the time the fire started, he was off-duty and getting coffee nearby when he saw the 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 inside to help find him and other guests trapped in the burning blaze.
Barber was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion after the fire.
Most of the 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 its cover.
Both Joe and Jill Biden signed the magazine for him. The president wrote something he has long said about firefighters: ‘God made man, and then he made a few firefighters.’
Jill Biden also had made a solo visit to the fire station 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 on the trip but did not join the visit to the fire house.
During the stop with first responders, Biden also spoke with reporters about the serious issue of gun violence.
‘The idea that we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick,’ Biden said. ‘It’s just sick. It has no, no social redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single, solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.’
He’s had to respond to three mass shootings in a week’s time – at a Chesapeake, Virginia Walmart Tuesday night, which occurred three days after people at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs, Colorado were gunned down and a week after a former University of Virginia football killed three members of the current roster.
The White House said later Thursday that the president and first lady had called the owners of Club Q, Nic Grzecka and Matthew Haynes, to offer condolences.
On a lighter note, the president joked with reporters when asked when he would have his annual physical – having turned 80 on Sunday. He is the oldest president to be in office.
‘Do you think I need it?’ the president asked. ‘Part of my physical is already done and I’ll be getting it before the end of the year,’ he then answered.
After the visit, the president and first lady called units from each 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 U.S.S. 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, which is Guantanamo Bay.
Jill Biden in the presidential motorcade during Thursday’s Thanksgiving trip to the Nantucket firehouse
The Nantucket Fire Department, which the Bidens visited on Thursday during their annual Thanksgiving trip to the ritzy enclave
A fire fighter leans down to talk to Beau while Jill Biden holds his hand. He was given a red fire helmet to commemorate his trip
Joe and Jill Biden talked with Nantucket Fire Department captain Nathan Barber (to the president’s left), who was named Nantucket’s man of the year after helping battle a massive fire this summer
President Joe Biden, with his arm on the shoulder of Nantucket Fire Department Chief Michael Cranson, first lady Jill Biden, right, and their grandson Beau Biden
President Joe Biden and Jill Biden pose with the firefighters during their Thanksgiving trip to Nantucket fire house
President Biden’s motorcade arrives at the fire station on Thursday morning, as Americans enjoy their first completely-normal Thanksgiving since COVID hit US shores almost three years ago
A massive fire in July at the historic Veranda House hotel, which took out that building and two nearby homes
Biden has long praised the service of firefighters, noting they were first on the scene in 1972, when his first wife Neilia was in a car crash with their sons Beau, Hunter and daughter Naomi.
Neilia and Naomi did not survive.
When the president, along with wife Jill, called into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on Thursday morning, he praised the work of first responders.
‘I want to say thanks to the firefighters and police officers, first responders. They never take a break,’ the president said.
‘And God bless our troops for sure,’ the first lady added.
‘And by the way, we’re going to be talking to some of our troops later in the day, both here and abroad. I hope everybody remembers. We remember them every single day. God bless our troops for real,’ the president said.
It was the second year in a row the Bidens called into the annual parade.