President Biden convened the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, calling on Americans to “come together” and put unity before politics during the holiday weekend — and beyond.
“On this Thanksgiving, Al, we must come together,” the president said. told NBC’s Al Roker. “We may have different political opinions, but we have one point of view. Some people think we are the best and greatest nation in the world. We should focus on that.
“We should focus on solving our problems, being together and ending the resentment,” he continued. “We need to bring the nation together and treat each other with some decency, and I think that’s where the vast majority of the American people are.”
Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived from their vacation in Nantucket, Massachusetts, – an island off the coast of Cape Cod – where they traditionally spend Thanksgiving.
The first family also took the time to call service members from each military branch to offer “their sincere gratitude for the sacrifices they make every day to protect our freedom,” the president said. posted onthe platform formerly known as Twitter.
“We have to remember how fortunate we are to live in the greatest nation on the planet,” Biden said earlier during his call with Roker. “Today is about coming together and giving thanks for this country we call home. »
“And thank you to all the firefighters, police officers, first responders and our troops, some of whom are stationed overseas,” the president added.
They also stopped at the Nantucket Fire Department, according to pool reports. The first lady was seen carrying two pumpkin pie boxes tied with purple ribbons into the building – another man followed with more boxes.
As they exited the department, Biden inspected a fire truck and spoke with a firefighter, according to the memo.
He briefly answered journalists’ questions about the short-term truce in the war between Israel and Hamas militants.
The temporary ceasefire is expected to begin on Friday, according to Qatari negotiators. As part of the four-day truce, 50 hostages are expected to be released, including three Americans.
Asked about the truce, Biden said he was “crossing his fingers” that a 3-year-old American girl would be returned safely. But he declined to say more about the deal “until it’s done.”
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