Biden tells Al Roker ‘America is back’ during ‘surprise’ Thanksgiving parade call

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President Biden called on Al Roker on Thursday to land a cameo in NBC’s coverage of the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade — reiterating his “America is Back” mantra for the weatherman, even as inflation and sky-high Gas prices have made it the most expensive Turkey Day ever. sometimes.

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Roker acted as if he was surprised, although the performance was unconvincing, as aides to the president usually inform reporters of such calls and TV news anchors rarely answer their phones mid-broadcast. .

Roker, standing on a New York street, said on live TV, “Wait, my phone is ringing. Just a moment. Oh my god, look who’s calling! Hello, hello, Mr. President?”

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“Hello, Al. How are you, friend?” Said Biden, who is vacationing at a billionaire’s compound in Nantucket.

“Oh, Dr. Biden and Mr. President, thank you very much! Happy Thanksgiving to you!” Roker said.

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Biden said in an apparent reference to a former guest, “a New York firefighter—”

Roker said, “That’s right. We had a New York firefighter here. And it’s great – nice to have you call, we thank you so much. Your to the American people this Thanksgiving Day.” What’s the message?”

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden speak to Al Roker during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2021.
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Despite his own falling approval rating amid the highest inflation in 31 years and a resurgence of COVID-19 cases nearly two years into the pandemic, Biden offered some positive spin.

This Year, a Classic Thanksgiving Dinner of Turkey and Sides jumped 14 percent, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

“My message is, two years later, you’re back, America’s back. There’s nothing we can’t take away, Al. And you’re one of the reasons for that, dude. You’re always up Well, you always take root,” Biden said.

Roker replied, “Well, we appreciate it, Mr. President. Thank you very much. I hope you continue to watch the parade. Santa is coming. Santa is coming, Mr. President!”

“I’m waiting for Santa,” joked Biden.

Biden signed off on the call by saying, “I wish we were with you, Al. Nice to see you, friend.”

Biden applauded Roker for his call to always "root" for America.
Biden congratulated Al Roker on his call to always “root” for America.
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Roker then returned to his mock-surprise, telling an audience unfamiliar with the president’s interview procedures, “How did he get my phone number? Well he’s the President of the United States, I think he can do that!”

Roker clenched Biden at the presidential inauguration parade in D.C. in January. And in 2013, he gave then-Vice President Biden a celebratory handshake at that parade.

Although the veteran NBC personality fired off just one question, it can be counted as one of fewer than two dozen interviews Biden has had as president so far—compared to six of his most recent predecessors, including Ronald Reagan. Very few, which doubled the number of interviews Biden has. Two months after taking office, he was shot in the lung.

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