“Welcome back!” a girl shouted as US President Joe Biden started his Thanksgiving break on luxurious Nantucket island — celebrating his first probability to flee from weeks of dangerous information.
The girl yelling was one in every of a rating of islanders braving a freezing evening Tuesday to cheer Biden as his motorcade zipped from the airport by means of slim lanes to the unique compound of billionaire household buddy David Rubenstein.
Nantucket, a former whaling heart out within the Atlantic off Massachusetts, will not be a spot the place Biden has to fret about being harassed by Donald Trump supporters.
He is unlikely to confront QAnon conspiracy fantasists or individuals brandishing “Let’s Go Brandon” indicators — the Republicans’ viral euphemism for “F*** Joe Biden.”
Such locations are more and more uncommon in a divided nation.
“Nantucket is an escape from the real world,” mentioned native resident Matthew Parker, 58.
Parker, who has owned the Seven Sea Street inn for greater than three a long time, was referring partly to the island’s geographical isolation and the back-in-time vibe of Quaker structure and cobbled roads.
But islanders, who voted overwhelmingly for Biden over Trump in 2020, are additionally “very thrilled with President Biden being in office,” he mentioned.
Biden has spent Thanksgiving together with his spouse Jill on Nantucket virtually yearly because the 1970s. This Thursday, he may simply be extra grateful than ever.
He’s coming off his greatest 10 days in workplace for a number of months, stemming a relentless tide of dangerous information which has seen his approval scores plummet to 43 p.c within the FiveThirtyEight common.
Last week he signed into regulation a $1.2 trillion infrastructure invoice that his squabbling Democratic Party virtually managed to sink. Democrats once more overcame variations to ship a fair larger invoice on social spending from the House to the Senate.
Over the identical interval, Biden held summits with China’s President Xi Jinping, and the leaders of Canada and Mexico, served Thanksgiving turkey to troops in North Carolina, pardoned two different turkeys in a joke-filled ceremony on the White House and celebrated his 79th birthday with a medical examination declaring him “vigorous” and “fit.”
Oh — and Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed, regardless of whispers on the contrary, that he does intend to hunt re-election in 2024.
Thanksgiving Turkey Squabbles
Biden, accompanied by a dozen members of the family, is being put up at an property overlooking picturesque Nantucket harbor.
A close-by shipwrecks museum and a spot named Poverty Point echo the island’s robust origins, however the Bidens’ model of Nantucket is somewhat completely different. This is an island the place final 12 months a beachfront home bought for $25 million and even a miniscule one-bedroom cottage price $400,000.
Rubenstein, who owns the harbour compound however is reportedly away, co-founded the Carlyle non-public fairness group and is estimated by Forbes journal to be value $4.5 billion.
Republicans accuse Biden of dwelling it up when Americans are nonetheless struggling to get out from beneath the Covid pandemic.
Inflation is at a three-decades excessive, with the value for a conventional Thanksgiving feast of turkey, greens and pies estimated by the American Farm Bureau Federation to have risen 14 per cent from 2020.
“While you are in Nantucket, enjoying your meals at a billionaire’s compound, here are the prices that Americans are paying for their Thanksgiving dinner — the most expensive one in history,” the Republican chief within the House, Kevin McCarthy, tweeted.
The criticism ignores that US presidents have at all times vacationed in unique locations, not least Trump, who commonly introduced the large White House entourage into his personal inns and golf programs.
“This is a time to put politics aside, spend time with your loved ones, and talk about what you’re grateful for,” Psaki mentioned in response to these bashing Biden.
Biden has till Sunday. The flight again to his different world, Washington, DC, takes solely simply over an hour.
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