Biden call into Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade turns into cringe TV moment
WATERLOO – On Thursday, President Biden called the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to express his gratitude to first responders, making for some awkward television for parade fans.
The president and first lady Jill Biden made a call from the private equity billionaire David Rubenstein’s island home in Massachusetts. The call began with a protracted and uncomfortable silence as NBC’s Dylan Dryer, who was covering the parade, appeared unable to hear the couple for about 30 seconds.
I don’t usually take calls while watching TV, but I should probably take this one,” Dreyer remarked.
Mr. President, good morning, the reporter asked.
After a few seconds of silence and bewilderment, Jill Biden could be dimly heard in the background, but no one responded.
I’m not sure I can hear you, Then Dreyer said. Are you listening, Mr. President?
Then Dreyer joined in, “Hello?,” after hearing Biden speak to the first lady. Thank you for the holiday, Mr. President. Do you exist?
When that appeared to catch Biden’s attention, he said, “We’re here.”
Once the connection was made, Biden remarked, “I want to thank the firefighters and police officers, first responders.” “They never stop working.”
The first lady jumped in and continued, “And God bless our military for sure.”
And by the way, we’ll be speaking with some of our soldiers later today, both domestically and abroad. The president remarked, “I hope everyone will remember. “We think about them every day. God truly bless our soldiers.
The Bidens were invited to the yearly parade for the second time, which this year includes 31 floats and 27 enormous balloons.
On Thursday at 11:30 a.m. ET, the duo are expected to phone US service members. But first, they took their 2-year-old grandson Beau to a Nantucket fire station.