President Biden and his family will leave Washington, DC and spend Thanksgiving on Nantucket, a wealthy vacation island in Massachusetts.
Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are making the trip Tuesday from the White House, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. It will be the second consecutive Thanksgiving the Biden family has spent on the island, and his family has a long tradition of being there on the holiday dating back to 1975, according to the Cape Cod Times.
The getaway will be the first vacation for the Biden family since they went to another remote island on the east coast in August. The President, First Lady and Hunter Biden all flew on Air Force One to Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
Trips around important holidays and in late summer are not uncommon for US Presidents. President George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump have all taken similar vacations during their tenure. Bush often spent time at his Texas ranch, while Obama and Trump both preferred golf resorts in New England.
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Biden’s trip comes a day after he held a pardon ceremony for two turkeys – chocolate and chip – at the White House on Monday.
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The National Turkey Federation has donated turkeys to the President before Thanksgiving since 1947 under President Harry Truman. It is believed that President John F. Kennedy was the first president to spare the turkey, and President George HW Bush was the first to formalize the “pardon” tradition.
Biden last year pardoned turkeys named “Peanut Butter” and “Jelly” from Indiana. This year’s Chocolate and Chip turkeys, which the President described as his favorite flavor of ice cream, are from North Carolina.
Biden used his comments to poke fun at his Republican rivals for their poor showing in the midterms.
“First of all, the votes have been received, counted, verified, no ballot stuffing, there is no ‘poultry’ game. The only red wave this season will be when the German Shepherd Commander dumps the cranberry sauce on our table,” Biden said.
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“And now, based on their temperament and commitment to being productive members of society, I hereby excuse Chocolate and Chip,” he added.
The US Department of Agriculture estimates that at least 40 million turkeys will be eaten on Thanksgiving this year.
Patrick Hauf contributed to this report.