Blue collar Biden slammed for Thanksgiving visit to Nantucket

Last week, President Joe Biden followed the White House Thanksgiving tradition of pardoning a turkey. This week, he’s keeping his own family vacation tradition: going to Nantucket.

President and First Lady Jill Biden have long celebrated Thanksgiving on the well-heeled island of Massachusetts off Cape Cod. But with most members of the public unfamiliar with the history of the First Family’s vacation, Democrats dismiss concerns that the self-proclaimed “Scranton Joe” will appear out of touch with the working-class voters he is trying to persuade to leave. vote for Democrats next year.

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Biden’s Thanksgiving plans personify a “Marie Antoinette attitude,” according to presidential historian and Ronald Reagan biographer Craig Shirley, as people struggle amid a pandemic strained economy with record inflation.

“Reagan has always been disparaged for spending Thanksgiving at the California ranch, but Biden’s deafness is alarming,” Shirley said. “Yes, presidents have often been criticized for where they spent Thanksgiving, but Biden’s choice is particularly egregious.”

The Republican strategist added: “Going to Nantucket is bad advice for presidents with 36% approval and drop.”

On average, two-fifths of those polled told pollsters they approved of Biden’s post as president, while a majority disapproved, according to RealClearPolitics.

A Fox News poll found last week that less than a quarter of registered voters felt positive about the economy, up from a third in December 2020 at the end of former President Donald Trump’s administration. More than a quarter cited the economy as their most pressing problem ahead of coronavirus and supply chain inflation concerns, the poll found. And rising prices for groceries are creating “serious” hardship for a third of those polled, up from 28% in August.

But barring “a particularly offensive perspective or comment” to Nantucket, fellow historian David Pietrusza predicted that there wouldn’t be too much political hindsight.

“Let’s face it: Presidents don’t stay at Motel 6,” Pietrusza told the Washington Examiner. Even when Franklin Roosevelt continued his 1932 election in the depths of the Great Depression and set out to sail on his multimillionaire pal Vincent Astor’s huge yacht, the 264-foot Nourmahal, there were few significant drawbacks. ”

“It’s true, the opposition can criticize, but then the conversation comes back to the larger ongoing issues,” he said.

Trump spent most of his Presidential Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago, his luxury private resort in Palm Beach, Florida, with the exception of 2019 when he surprised US troops stationed in Afghanistan. Former President Barack Obama tended to celebrate in the White House, visiting a Washington, DC soup kitchen during the day. He would then travel to Hawaii, one of his childhood homes, for Christmas after spending a summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Cape Cod and the neighboring islands of Massachusetts have been a presidential playground ever since John F. Kennedy put Hyannisport on the map. His father first rented a vacation cabin in 1926, purchasing what would become the Kennedy Resort two years later. Former President Bill Clinton took his vacation to Martha’s Vineyard as an incumbent, but Obama became the first ex-commander-in-chief to buy a spot on the island. The Obamas distributed $ 11.75 million for the Edgartown Great Pond property of Boston Celtics owner Wycliffe Grousbeck in 2019.

Biden has spent every Thanksgiving in Nantucket since 1975, minus 2015, the year his son Beau died of brain cancer, and 2020 due to the pandemic. The first couple made their maiden trip to the island shortly after they started dating after the death of the president’s first wife and granddaughter in 1972. The then-Delaware senator’s chief of staff recommended the destination as a compromise rather than rejecting multiple invitations, despite his boss’s pride in being “one of the poorest men in Congress” raised in Scranton. , Pennsylvania. Last month, the median price of listed homes in Nantucket was $ 3 million.

Biden’s accommodation in Nantucket is still unconfirmed, but in the past he and his family have stayed in The Abrams Point estate of Carlyle Group founder David Rubenstein and the Washing Pond Road mansion of the United Kingdom’s Obama-era ambassador Louis Susman. The Bidens usually order Thanksgiving dinner from Faregrounds Restaurant, a sports bar.

The Nantucket escape was preceded by a Friendsgiving dinner Monday with military and military families at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Joe and Jill Biden will also join Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentlemen Doug Emhoff on a community service project on Tuesday before their departure.

The White House has been silent on the remainder of the President’s Thanksgiving itinerary, but local flight restrictions and additional airport security and screening precautions will be in effect until Sunday. He attended the lighting and mass of the Christmas tree on Main Street at the Sainte-Marie Catholic Church, Notre-Dame de l’Isle during previous visits.

Biden has touted his $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal and roughly $ 2 trillion social and climate spending bill as “a blue collar plan to rebuild America.”

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“When I ran for office, I said there were three reasons I was running: one, to restore the soul of this country and decency; two, to restore the backbone of this country – the working class and middle class people, they are the ones who built America and three, to unite the country, “he said on week last in Detroit.

Elizabeth J. Harless