Biden Receives Criticism Over Thanksgiving Dinner in Million Dollar Home?
President Joe Biden is lambasted over his thanksgiving dinner at billionaire David Rubenstein’s home.
The news about Biden attending dinner at Rubenstein’s $30 million Nantucket home came after a White House announcement: they confirmed on Tuesday that Biden and his family would spend the long weekend at Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein, minus Rubenstein.
The billionaire would be overseas and would therefore not be at his Nantucket home for the Thanksgiving weekend.
The former vice president, 77, and his family have spent almost every Thanksgiving in Nantucket since 1975. One exception was 2015, following the death of Biden’s son Beau. He also skipped visiting the island in 2018.
He also slowed in 2020, with Biden putting tradition on hold last fall over COVID-19 concerns and instead had Thanksgiving dinner in Delaware with just his wife, their daughter and their son-in-law.
Republican critiques call out Biden’s dinner as out of touch amidst rising inflation that affects millions of American consumers.
“Joe Biden is enjoying his Thanksgiving at a billionaire’s home in Nantucket. Regular America? Enjoy the expensive gas and groceries!” said the GOP House Committee in a tweet.
“President Biden is vacationing at the Nantucket home of a billionaire whose private equity firm is right now lobbying to shape Biden’s final Build Back Better bill,” wrote David Sirota, senior advisor and speechwriter on the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign.
“It’s already very Let Them Eat Cake for a president to hang at a billionaire’s Nantucket pad — but it’s some real Gilded Age s— when the billionaire’s private equity firm has all sorts of interests before the government right now.”
According to an American Farm Bureau Federation survey, that the average cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10 people increased 14% since last year to an all-time high of $53.31.
Data from the United States Department of Agriculture showed a less drastic increase of 5%. Inflation rates are currently at a 31-year-high and have increased by about 6.2% year-over-year.
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