Awkward silence after Joe Biden calls into NBC Thanksgiving parade show

Awkward! Biden, 80, is mocked for excruciating Thanksgiving Day parade call to NBC which saw reporter forced to wait 17 SECONDS for a reply after saying hello to president

  • Joe and Jill Biden called into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday 
  • ‘God bless our troops for real,’ the president said 
  • NBC’s Dylan Dreyer admitted she was worried the call wouldn’t go through 
  • She had to wait about 17 seconds to get a clear response from the Bidens as there appeared to be difficulties with the connection 
  • ‘Hello, Happy Thanksgiving Mr. President, are you there?,’ she said 
  • The president could even be heard talking to the first lady, before finally answering Dreyer  

Joe and Jill Biden suffered awkward technical difficulties while calling in to NBC’s Today show during its annual Thanksgiving Day parade broadcast in NYC. 

Reporter Dylan Dreyer was forced to wait an excruciating 17 seconds for a reply to her excited ‘Hello Mr President’ while reporting from Manhattan 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 did finally get through, the pair explained how they were on their traditional Thanksgiving break to Nantucket, before paying tribute to first responders and soldiers. 

‘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. 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 called into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on Thursday morning, speaking to NBC's Dylan Dreyer

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden called into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on Thursday morning, speaking to NBC’s Dylan Dreyer

NBC’s Dylan Dreyer admitted she was worried the call wouldn’t go through. 

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

The Bidens could be heard saying something inaudible. 

‘Hello, Happy Thanksgiving Mr. President, are you there?,’ she said. 

‘I was so worried this call wasn’t going to go through,’ she added after the president finally answered.

They said they planned to eat dinner with their family and then perhaps take a walk on the beach. 

‘Well, we’re just gonna have dinner with the family, probably take a walk on the beach,’ Jill Biden noted.

President Biden also indicated he’d 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 on Tuesday evening.

The clan is once again camped out at the luxurious Nantucket compound owned by billionaire businessman turned philanthropist David Rubenstein – the same place they stayed last year for the holiday. 

The $20 million, 13,000 square foot home sits on 13 acres of waterfront property. 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 are scheduled to 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, going to Nantucket with his young sons Beau and Hunter for a little bonding time.

They rarely have missed a holiday on Nantucket since. 

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

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

The Bidens will once again camp out at the luxurious Nantucket compound owned by billionaire businessman turned philanthropist David Rubenstein - the same place they stayed last year for the holiday

The Bidens will once again camp out at the luxurious Nantucket compound owned by billionaire businessman turned philanthropist David Rubenstein – the same place they stayed last year for the holiday

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

One of the few Thanksgivings the Bidens missed in Nantucket was in 2015, which took place about six months after Beau Biden died. The family went to Rome instead. They also skipped going in 2020 because of the COVID pandemic. 

When they called into the parade on Thursday, President Biden noted that ‘we have been coming up on Nantucket since we first got married with the whole family. It’s become a tradition.’

The White House also released a Thankgiving message from the Bidens on its social media accounts: ‘Today and every day, we have so much to be grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving to our service members 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 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.

After they called into the parade route, the first couple brought their two-year-old grandson Beau with them on Thursday 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?’ Biden said. ‘You’re the best.’

The firefighters gave Beau, who is named after Biden’s late son Beau, a miniature fire 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 promptly 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 

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 ummer

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 ummer

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 closed 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. 

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