After an impasse last year due to the pandemic, the presidential family resumes its tradition of moving to Cape Cod to celebrate Americans’ most traditional holiday of the year.
The Bidens this year resumed a three-decade tradition for their family, visiting together with the small town of Nantucket on the island of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to celebrate the family holiday. The last time they had spent Thanksgiving there was in 2019 when the Democratic president was campaigning to become the presidential candidate that would eventually lead him to the White House. Last year, a small group of relatives found themselves in Delaware, where Biden lived until moving to Washington to work in the Oval Room.
Although Thanksgiving is celebrated tomorrow Thursday (the holiday is always the last Thursday of November), like many other Americans, the Bidens decided to make this holiday a multi-day vacation. President Biden and the first lady arrived in Nantucket Tuesday night and will stay there until Sunday.
Joining the presidential couple is his son Hunter Biden and his wife, Melissa Cohen. Also part of the family recess is the couple’s other daughter, Ashley Biden, and the president’s grandchildren: Beau, Finnegan, Hunter, Maisy, Natalie, and Naomi, who traveled with her fiancé, Peter Neal.
The White House has confirmed that Bidens, as in the past, has been living in the home of billionaire David Robinstein, a personal friend of the president for at least three decades.
But when a person is the leader of the free world, nothing can be completely normal. So along with the family, there is an extensive security operation. A cargo plane from the presidential fleet, Air Force, unloaded two armored vans on the island if a family member wished to leave the house.
Due to illustrious visitors, Nantucket has a small international airport whose security protocol was modified between Tuesday and Sunday. They have informed the passengers that they will arrive at the airport in more time than usual because the controls will be more exhaustive. The measure affects even pilots and flight attendants who arrive at this airport. During certain times there will also be limited flight restrictions. This is common when the president is about to come or leave an airport; other planes cannot fly simultaneously.
While Biden is officially on vacation, he had not relinquished command to Vice President Kamala Harris. This week, the president had a colonoscopy. Nevertheless, from Cape Cod, Biden is attending to his presidential agenda.
Cape Cod is a traditional destination for American high society in both winter and summer. Its beaches have seen the country’s patrician families spend the summer for decades. In winter, many people use the area’s luxurious mansions to shelter from the extreme cold.
Kennedy has been the island’s most recognizable visitor for decades. Generations of this family of politicians have spent winters and summers in the magnificent homes of northern Massachusetts, to which they belong.
President Barack Obama and his family spent several summers at the White House at the Martha’s Vineyard, another popular seaside resort in the area. Even Bidens agrees with his friends and political allies. After leaving the presidency, Obama bought a house in Edgartown, another special area of the island.