Politics Joe Biden is spending Thanksgiving at the private equity billionaire David Rubenstein's Nantucket mansion
Biden to celebrate Thanksgiving on Nantucket
President Biden will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday on Nantucket, resuming a longtime family tradition for the first family, the Boston Globe reported.The Biden family has been staying on Nantucket, an island in Massachusetts, for Thanksgiving since 1975, according to the Globe.The president is slated to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony at the White House on Friday and it's unclear when he would leave for Nantucket. This year marks the 74th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation. The 2021 National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate were raised near Jasper, Ind., according to the White House.
- Joe Biden is staying at the billionaire David Rubenstein's property in Nantucket for Thanksgiving.
- The Bidens have spent most Thanksgivings on the Massachusetts island since the 1970s.
- They have previously stayed at Rubenstein's property. He is the cofounder of The Carlyle Group and worth $4.6 billion.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are scheduled to spendat a house owned by billionaire businessman on the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts, the White House confirmed on Wednesday.
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"The First Family will stay at the home of their friend, David Rubenstein, as they have done previously," the White House told reporters in a statement cited byand others. was the first to report, on Monday, that the Bidens would stay at Rubenstein's home.
Rubenstein, the cofounder of private equity firm, would be traveling abroad, The Times reported. He has a net worth of $4.6 billion, per .
Spendingon the Massachusetts island is a decades-long family tradition for the Bidens. Last year was an exception — the president's family remained in Delaware amid COVID-19 concerns.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psakiin a briefing on November 19 that Biden and his wife would travel to Nantucket on Tuesday, and would remain there for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Bidens open holidays with Christmas tree and 'friendsgiving'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden opened the holiday season at the White House by breaking off a sprig from the official Blue Room tree and giving it — and a big smooch — to her toddler grandson. “Look how beautiful this is,” the first lady said of the 18 1/2-foot (5.6 meter) Fraser fir that was delivered by wagon to her Pennsylvania Avenue doorstep by Clydesdale horses named Ben and Winston. “It is beautiful. It's magnificent, really,” she said Monday.The first lady later joined President Joe Biden for a visit to the Army’s Fort Bragg in North Carolina to celebrate “friendsgiving” with service members and military families.
On Tuesday, a reporter asked Psakiabout what message it sent to middle-class Americans who are struggling to afford Thanksgiving celebrations that Biden would stay in a "billionaire's compound in Nantucket."
Psaki didn't confirm at the time where Biden would be staying, but said the administration had been working to ensure Americans have more money to spend.
The White House didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
Biden wishes Americans happy, closer-to-normal Thanksgiving .
NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday wished Americans a happy and closer-to-normal Thanksgiving, the second celebrated in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, in remarks welcoming the resumption of holiday traditions by millions of families — including his own. “As we give thanks for what we have, we also keep in our hearts those who have been lost and those who have lost so much,” the president said in a videotaped greeting recorded with first lady Jill Biden at the White House before their trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts, for the holiday. On the island, the Bidens visited the Coast Guard station at Brant Point to meet virtually with U.S.