President Biden arrives in Nantucket for Thanksgiving
But with his new job, Mr. Biden brings a dizzying array of security personnel, media and White House officials, not to mention a parade of family members: his children, Ashley and Hunter; Hunter’s wife, Melissa; grandchildren Naomi, Finnegan, Maisy, Natalie, Hunter Biden II and Beau; and Naomi’s fiancé, Peter Neal.
“There is a bit of excitement,” said Noah Karberg, deputy manager of the Nantucket Memorial Airport. He noted that the island hosted former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Vice President Mike Pence. Nevertheless, he asked his staff to stay a little later than usual to the arrival of Air Force One on Tuesday evening.
“We have to manage a very big plane,” he said.
Representative William Keating, Democrat from Massachusetts, said his phone line was inundated with calls from residents describing the additional security presence on the island.
“These are people who are used to the comings and goings of famous people,” said Mr. Keating, who represents Nantucket as well as Martha’s Vineyard, where the Obamas own a home. “But I guess it’s just the entourage.”
The Bidens took a Thanksgiving break in Nantucket in 2015, just six months after Beau died of brain cancer at the age of 46. Instead, they went to Rome that year. The family have returned to the island occasionally since then, but did not spend Thanksgiving on the island in 2019 due to travel commitments from Mr Biden’s presidential campaign. Last year, they stayed in Rehoboth, Del., Due to concerns about the pandemic.
“People missed it, but it was mostly sympathy,” said Fritsch.
One thing the President will not be able to escape during his vacation getaway is a reminder of the labor shortages that have plagued employers nationwide, including the Faregrounds Restaurant & Pudley’s Pub, where patrons are greeted with a sign warning of potential delays.