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While millions of Americans struggle to afford basic needs, such as groceries and gas, President Joe Biden is spending a lavish Thanksgiving in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Biden will celebrate at the $20 million waterfront mansion of billionaire David Rubenstein. They will reportedly discuss Biden’s plan for the 2024 election.
Biden’s wife Jill, and other family members will fly private on Air Force One for the lavish weekend.
— Emily Goodin (@Emilylgoodin) November 23, 2022
“My intention is that I run again,” Biden recently said. “But I’m a great respecter of fate. And this is, ultimately, a family decision. I think everybody wants me to run, but we’re going to have discussions about it.”
In comparison, according to a recent IPSOS survey, only 7 in 10 Americans are able to celebrate Thanksgiving due to financial strain and lower budgets.
This is a drop of 20% compared to surveys from last year.
The Bidens – including the President, First Lady, and Hunter Biden – deplane from Air Force One at #Nantucket Memorial Airport.
A massive motorcade delivered them to billionaire David Rubenstein’s compound on Nantucket Harbor.
— Nantucket Current (@ACKCurrent) November 23, 2022
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Asked about his specific timeline for making a decision, Biden continued: “Well, I — my guess is — I hope Jill and I get a little time to actually sneak away for a week … between Christmas and Thanksgiving. And my guess is it would be early next year we make that judgment.”
It wasn’t immediately clear how many other members of the Biden clan would be joining the 80-year-old president and 71-year-old first lady in Nantucket for the holiday.
Thanksgiving on the island has been a Biden family tradition, with regular holiday gatherings held there since the 1970s.
The Bidens also holed up at Rubenstein’s compound over Thanksgiving last year, as well as in 2014, when Biden was vice president.
Rubenstein, who is worth $3.2 billion, according to a Forbes estimate, co-founded the private equity behemoth The Carlyle Group.
Meanwhile, security operations have been building on the island over the past week in preparation for the president’s arrival.