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

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President Biden phoned Al Roker on Thursday to land a cameo in NBC’s protection of the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — repeating his “America is Back” mantra to the weatherman whilst inflation and sky-high gasoline costs have made this the costliest turkey day ever.

Roker acted as if he was stunned, although the efficiency was unconvincing, as presidential aides usually notify journalists upfront of such calls and TV news anchors hardly ever reply their telephones mid-broadcast.

Roker, standing on a New York road, mentioned on live TV, “Hold on, my phone is ringing. Just a second. Oh my gosh, look at who’s calling! Hello, hello, Mr. President?”

“Hello, Al. How are you doing, pal?” mentioned Biden, who is spending the vacation at a billionaire’s compound in Nantucket.

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

Biden mentioned, in obvious reference to a previous visitor, “A New York firefighter —”

Roker mentioned, “That’s right. We had a New York firefighter here. And it’s so good — good for you calling, we thank you so much. What’s your message to the American folks on this Thanksgiving day?”

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden talking to Al Roker during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2021.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden speaking to Al Roker during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2021.
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Biden provided some optimistic spin, regardless of his personal plunging approval rankings amid the best inflation in 31 years and a resurgence of COVID-19 circumstances almost two years into the pandemic.

This 12 months, the basic Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and sides jumped 14 percent, based on the American Farm Bureau Federation.

“My message is, after two years, you’re back, America is back. There’s nothing we’re unable to overcome, Al. And you’re one of the reasons for that, pal. You’re always up, you’re always rooting,” Biden mentioned.

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

“I’m waiting for Santa,” Biden joked.

Biden signed off the call saying, “wish we were there with you, Al. Nice to see you, pal.”

Biden complimented Roker on the call for always "rooting" for America.
Biden complimented Al Roker on the call for all the time “rooting” for America.
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Roker then returned to his faux-surprise, exclaiming to viewers unfamiliar with presidential interview procedures, “How did he get my phone number? Well he’s the president of the United States, I guess he can do that!”

Roker fist-bumped Biden in January on the president’s inaugural parade in DC. And in 2013, he gave then-Vice President Biden a celebratory handshake at that parade.

Although the veteran NBC persona fired off only one query, it’s more likely to depend as one among Biden’s fewer than two dozen interviews as far as president — far fewer than his six most up-to-date predecessors, together with Ronald Reagan, who doubled Biden’s variety of interviews regardless of being shot within the lung two months after taking workplace.

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