The Biden family will spend Thanksgiving in Nantucket

For the second year in a row, President Biden and his family will spend Thanksgiving at the Nantucket home of private equity billionaire David Rubenstein — and Biden’s plans for 2024 could be among the topics of discussion at the dinner table.

Joe Biden, his wife Jill and other family members were to fly to the upscale Massachusetts island on Air Force One later Tuesday and stay there until Sunday, the White House confirmed during the weekend.

While there, the Bidens plan to stay at Rubenstein’s sprawling $20 million waterfront home, the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror reported.

Biden indicated earlier this month that the upcoming holiday season would be a great opportunity for him to discuss his bid for re-election in 2024.

“My intention is for me to run again,” he told reporters Nov. 9 following the midterm elections. “But I’m a big acceptor of fate. And it is, ultimately, a family decision. I think everyone wants me to introduce myself, but… we’ll discuss it.

The Biden family is staying at the sprawling $20 million Nantucket home of buyout mogul friend David Rubenstein over Thanksgiving.
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President Biden and his wife Jill are pictured arriving in Nantucket for the Thanksgiving holiday last year.
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Asked about his specific timeline for making a decision, Biden continued, “Well, I – I guess – hope Jill and I have some time to squeeze in for a week … between Christmas and Thanksgiving. And I guess it would be early next year when we would make that judgment.

It was not immediately clear how many other members of the Biden clan would join the 80-year-old president and 71-year-old first lady in Nantucket for the holidays.

Thanksgiving on the island is a Biden family tradition, with regular holiday gatherings held there since the 1970s.

The Bidens also holed up in the Rubenstein compound during Thanksgiving last year, as well as in 2014 when Biden was vice president.

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This is the second year in a row that the Bidens have been hiding in David Rubenstein’s waterfront compound.
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Rubenstein, who is worth $3.2 billion, according to a Forbes estimate, co-founded private equity giant The Carlyle Group.

Meanwhile, security operations have been ramping up on the island over the past week in preparation for the president’s arrival.

Key personnel, vehicles and equipment – including an air defense system – have been dropped on the island in recent days.

The Federal Aviation Administration also issued temporary flight restrictions over the island until Sunday due to the “VIP movement”.

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