President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he was thankful for the ‘people who I’m standing next to’ as he prepared Thanksgiving meals alongside Jill Biden, Kamala Harris, Doug Emhoff and staff at the DC Central Kitchen.
‘The people who I’m standing next to is who I’m thankful for. They got up. They got knocked down and got back up,’ Biden said, putting his arm around one of the staff next to him.
DC Central Kitchen trains jobless adults in the culinary arts along with providing meals for those in need.
The Bidens were participating in the service project before departing for Nantucket, where they will spend the Thanksgiving holiday.
Second gentleman Doug Emhoff, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden formed an assembly line to put together Thanksgiving meals during a service project at DC Central Kitchen
President Joe Biden said he was thankful for the ‘people who I’m standing next to’ as he prepared Thanksgiving meals
Jill Biden called for Vice President Harris to hurry up and get to the string beans
The Bidens participated in the service project before leaving for Nantucket, where they will spend Thanksgiving – above President Joe Biden and Jill Biden, carrying flowers, arrive at Joint Base Andrews
The four helped prepare Thanksgiving meals for the nonprofit that combats hunger and poverty through job training and job creation. President Barack Obama and his family visited DC Central Kitchen twice while he was in office.
On the assembly line, President Biden took on turkey prep, Harris was on string bean duty, Jill Biden handled the squash casserole and Emhoff finished the meals off with gravy.
‘Come on Kamala,’ Jill Biden called to get the vice president to the table. ‘Get on the beans, you’re holding up the line.’
‘Oh no,’ Harris replied. She and Emhoff hurried to join the Bidens.
DC Central Kitchen, founded in 1989, said they planned to serve around 4,000 Thanksgiving meals this year. ‘They put together about 450 of those plates this afternoon during the visit,’ a spokesperson for the nonprofit told DailyMail.com of the presidential visit.
The president and second gentleman wore black baseball caps embroidered with DC Central Kitchen’s logo.
Celebrity chef José Andrés, who serves on DC Central Kitchen’s board, was there for the event.
It was the second service project for the Bidens’ this week. On Monday, they celebrated ‘Friendsgiving’ with troops at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
The president serrved scoops of stuffing while the first lady served mashed potatoes – both were wearing aprons with the presidential seal.
At the ‘friendsgiving’ dinner there were some 250 attendees including service members, families of deployed troops and elected officials.
The Bidens left DC Central Kitchen on Tuesday and went straight to Joint Base Andrews to leave for Nantucket, where they’ll be through Sunday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Bidens will stay at the compound of billionaire businessman David Rubenstein on Nantucket Harbor, the Nantucket Current reported.
The 13-acre compound is worth around $20 million. Rubenstein is the co-founder of the private equity firm The Carlyle Group. He gives millions to charity – including for the repair of the Washington Monument after the 2011 earthquake and to the National Zoo for its Giant Panda program. He also is chairman of the Kennedy Center.
Biden has previously stayed at Rubenstein’s place on Nantucket, including in 2014 when he was vice president. The Bidens rent a home on the island for the holiday and the location has varied from year to year.
Chef Jose Andres, who sits on the board of DC Central Kitchen, watches the Bidens at work
Doug Emhoff gives Jill Biden a hug during their service project
The Bidens, despite the enormous amount of staff, security and press following them, are expected to continue some of their usual traditions.
They usually get their Thanksgiving dinner from chef Bill Puder at Faregrounds restaurant.
Biden is also expected to attend the annual Christmas tree lighting event on Main Street Friday, the Current reported, and will possibly go to Catholic mass at the St. Mary church on Federal Street on Saturday.
Over the weekend, military aircraft and vehicles arrived on the 105 mile square foot island and temporary flight restrictions were put into place ahead of Biden’s arrival.
The Bidens were still dating when they first visited Nantucket, with Biden’s sons, Beau and Hunter, in the mid-1970s.
Biden wrote in his 2017 memoir ‘Promise Me Dad’ that one of his aides suggest the island for a get-away.
‘Neither Jill nor I had ever been there, but we decided to go ahead and make an adventure of it,’ he wrote.
Over the weekend, military aircraft and vehicles arrived on Nantucket ahead of Biden’s arrival on Tuesday evening
The 13-acre compound owned by billionaire Carlyle group co-founder David Rubenstein on Nantucket Harbor is worth about $20 million
There was one notable interruption to the Bidens’ traditional visit to the island.
For Thanksgiving 2015, which took place about six months after Beau Biden, the president’s eldest son, died of brain cancer, Jill Biden opted to take the family to Rome instead.
Beau proposed to his future wife at Nantucket’s 2001 Christmas tree lighting and married her at a chuch on the island.
Last year, Biden and Jill celebrated Thanksgiving at their home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., because of the COVID pandemic, when medical experts were advising against large crowds. Only their daughter Ashley and her husband joined them.