Photos: Biden and his family out and about on Nantucket on Thanksgiving weekend
By Allana J. Barefield and Nick Stoico Globe Correspondent,Updated November 27, 2021, 11:44 p.m.
President Biden and his family visited local shops on Main Street on Nantucket and later attended an evening Mass on Saturday during their annual Thanksgiving visit to the island, his first as commander-in-chief.
The president was joined by his son Hunter Biden and his grandchildren late Saturday afternoon for a quick stop at Murray’s Toggery Shop and then a visit to TownPool, where Biden was seen exiting while sipping a milkshake.
The group then took a short walk to St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church for a 5 p.m. Mass, where Biden was greeted by clergy.
Spending Thanksgiving on Nantucket is a Biden family tradition. It started in 1975 when then-US Senator Joseph Biden, his soon-to-be wife, Jill, and his young sons, Beau and Hunter, spent the holiday there.
The family has returned almost annually since, including when Biden was vice president from 2009-2016 under President Barack Obama. The family did not travel to the resort island last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden does not own a home on the Nantucket, instead staying at various properties. This year, the Biden family is staying at a 13-acre estate owned by private-equity billionaire David Rubenstein.
The Bidens have ventured outside of the compound since arriving Tuesday night. On Thanksgiving, the president and First Lady Jill Biden visited a U.S. Coast Guard base at Brant Point. He also hosted a virtual meet-up with members of all six military branches, stationed in the US and around the world.
On Friday, the family had lunch at the Nantucket Tap Room, before heading to Main Street for shopping. The president and first lady attended the 5 p.m. tree lighting, accompanied by their daughter, Ashley Biden, Hunter and his wife, Melissa Cohen and their baby, Beau. Several grandchildren were also in tow.
The Biden family Thanksgiving dinner menu has been shared by the White House. Making the menu public is itself a holiday tradition. pic.twitter.com/VGHHAl4bDt
A woman on the rope line in Nantucket yelled, “Where’s Jill?,” and President Biden replied that she’s shopping for him a few stores away and then he said: “They call me Mr. Jill Biden.” pic.twitter.com/e2a4n2j5Zf
Biden says that he spent about 30 minutes talking to his COVID team this morning before announcing travel restrictions, speaking to reporters after a family lunch in Nantucket. pic.twitter.com/FxJjNyUDGC