There’s nothing wrong with being rich and spending Thanksgiving on Nantucket. Just don’t pretend you are something else, that’s all.
Last week, President Joe Biden followed the White House Thanksgiving tradition of pardoning a turkey. This week, he’s keeping his own family holiday tradition: going to Nantucket.
The president and first lady Jill Biden have long celebrated Thanksgiving on the well-heeled Massachusetts island off of Cape Cod. But with most members of the public unfamiliar with the first family’s holiday history, Democrats are dismissing concerns that self-proclaimed “Scranton Joe” will seem out of touch with the working-class voters he is trying to persuade to cast ballots for Democrats next year.
Biden’s Thanksgiving plans personify a “Marie Antoinette attitude,” according to presidential historian and Ronald Reagan biographer Craig Shirley, as people struggle amid a pandemic-strained economy with record-high inflation.
“Reagan was always disparaged for spending Thanksgiving at the ranch in California, but Biden’s tone-deafness is alarming,” Shirley said. “Yes, presidents have often been criticized for where they spent Thanksgiving, but Biden’s choice is especially egregious.”