EXCLUSIVE: Got a lot to be thankful for, Hunter? Biden heads out in Nantucket with his wife Melissa Cohen and sister Ashley before Thanksgiving at billionaire friend’s $30M pad with Joe
- Hunter Biden, wife Melissa Cohen, baby Beau Biden and Hunter’s sister Ashley were out shopping on Nantucket on Wednesday
- The Biden clan joined President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden on the island for the Thanksgiving holiday
- Hunter and family made a brief stop in a local bookstore
- It was a warm and sunny day on Nantucket
- The White House had called a ‘lid’ at 1:40 p.m. – indicating that the president would not be leaving the $30 million waterfront compound
The younger Biden generation was out on the town in Nantucket Wednesday afternoon – with Hunter Biden, his wife Melissa Cohen, sister Ashley and baby Beau all spotted outside Mitchell’s Book Corner.
The first son was sporting an American flag hat, a dark jacket and jeans and sported sunglasses. Wife Melissa had on a navy blue puffer jacket, dark pants, white slide-on sneakers and also wore sunglasses.
The two-year-old grandchild of the president was seen being guided by his mother holding a floppy denim hat and also carried by dad Hunter. Baby Beau wore Carhartt jeans, sneakers and a blue puffer coat for the island’s 50-degree but breezy weather.
Ashley Biden wore a preppy black pea coat, gray jeans and sneakers.
The Bidens were only in the bookstore briefly, the shopkeeper told DailyMail.com, as baby Beau had started crying.
The shop only had one copy of Hunter’s memoir, Beautiful Things, for sale – and it was tucked away upstairs – and not on the store’s dedicated Biden shelf.
The president’s family members were also spotted getting coffee in the quaint island town, where they’ve been coming for Thanksgivings since 1975.
The White House had called a ‘lid’ at 1:40 p.m. – indicating that the president would not be leaving the $30 million waterfront compound where he, First Lady Jill Biden and the family are staying for their Thanksgiving holiday break.
BIDEN THEIR TIME: Hunter Biden and baby Beau Biden (right) walk the streets of Nantucket Wednesday, followed by Ashley Biden (center) and wife Melissa Cohen (second from left)
Hunter Biden picks up his two-year-old son Beau, named for his late brother, as the family does some shopping on a sunny day in Nantucket
DON’T GO BABY BEAU: Hunter Biden holds onto his son Beau as he gives sister Ashley a peck on the cheek
Melissa Cohen, Hunter’s wife, keeps a grip on her son Beau
The first family arrived on the posh Massachusetts island Tuesday night – and will stay through Sunday.
Biden has said the holidays – a time when the extended family is together – is when they’ll have serious talks about another White House bid.
‘I hope Jill and I get a little time to actually sneak away for a week’ to discuss running for a second term, the president said earlier this year at a press conference.
Preparations started days ago for the first family’s arrival. A large military cargo plane was at the town’s airport on Sunday, carrying the equipment necessary to secure the president for his stay.
Hunter Biden, Baby Beau and family are spending Thanksgiving on Nantucket with Hunter’s parents, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden
Hunter gives Baby Beau a lift
Hunter’s wife Melissa Cohen (left) and Ashley Biden (right) walk the brick streets of Nantucket on Wednesday, followed by an agent
On Monday, a fleet of Massachusetts state police motorcycles and SUVs drove off the ferry and onto the town’s main drag to be on hand for Biden’s visit.
Hundreds of people follow the president wherever he goes – Secret Service agents, support staff, and members of the military. They’ll lock down the area around Rubenstein’s 13,000 square foot home while the Bidens are in residence.
On Tuesday, some of the motorcade’s vehicles were situated in the airport’s parking lot, while others were already assembled on the tarmac. A remote radar installation was up and running on the other side of Nantucket Memorial Airport.
The estate is located down a winding gravel road, where police vehicles were stationed.
Two-year-old baby Beau Biden (left) is seen galloping down the streets of Nantucket Wednesday with his mom and dad
Baby Beau was carrying a floppy blue hat on the warm Nantucket afternoon
The grandchild of the president puts his floppy hat over his face outside stores in Nantucket Wednesday
Baby Beau and Melissa Cohen stand next to a Christmas tree Wednesday in Nantucket
By Wednesday, boats with large guns attached to their fronts patrolled the waters.
During their stay, the president will make calls to the troops Thursday, and then the family is expected to attend the town’s Christmas tree lighting Friday evening.
The Bidens have been going to Nantucket for 46 years since Biden was a senator.
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 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.
A gun boat is seen patrolling the waters outside the water-front house the Bidens are staying in on the island
Security is tight around the house the Bidens are staying in, which belongs to billionaire businessman David Rubenstein
The house is 13,000 square feet and sits on the Nantucket Harbor
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.
‘We had some great years in that span, and we had some lousy years, but whatever was happening, whatever bumps and bruises we were suffering, we put it all aside and celebrated Thanksgiving in Nantucket,’ the president wrote in his memoir.
‘The holiday trip was a constant in our grandchildren’s lives from the time they were aware, and they made it clear how much it meant to them.’
While on the island, the Bidens are staying at billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein’s $30million 13-acre compound on Nantucket Harbor.
Biden stayed at Rubenstein’s pad last year and also in 2014, while serving as vice president.
Exclusives pictures from DailyMail.com show a sprawling property sit on the island’s secluded inner harbor with gorgeous views of the water as the sun sets in the background.
Rubenstein bought the waterfront property in 2000 for his now ex-wife Alice and their three children.
He tore down the existing house and put up a 13,000-square-foot home which features a tennis court, swimming pool and private dock.
The location of the house is historic Abram’s Point off the Polpis Road – named after one of the last surviving Native American Wampanoag race, Abram Quary.