President Biden called Al Roker Thursday to make a cameo in NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s 2021 Thanksgiving Day Parade – and repeated his “America is Back” mantra for the weatherman, despite inflation and sky-high gasoline prices being the most expensive Have ever made turkey day.
Roker pretended to be surprised, although the performance was unconvincing, as the presidential advisers usually notify journalists of such calls in advance and TV presenters rarely answer the phone during the broadcast.
Roker, who was standing on a New York street, said on live television, “Wait, my phone is ringing. Moment. Oh my god look who’s calling! Hello, hello, Mr. President? “
“Hello, Al. How are you doing, mate? ”Said Biden, who is on vacation on billionaire property in Nantucket.
“Oh, Dr. Biden and Mr. President, thank you very much! Happy Thanksgiving! ”Said Roker.
Biden said, referring to a previous guest: “A New York firefighter -“
“Right,” said Roker. We had a New York firefighter here. And it’s so good – good for your call, thank you so much. What is your message to the Americans on Thanksgiving Day? “
Biden provided a positive turn despite his own falling approval ratings amid the highest inflation in 31 years and a resurgence of COVID-19 cases nearly two years into the pandemic.
This year the classic Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and side dishes increased by 14 percent, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
“My message is, after two years you will be back, America is back. There is nothing we cannot overcome, Al. And you’re one of the reasons for it, buddy. You’re always awake, you’re always rooted, ”said Biden.
Roker replied, “Well, we appreciate it, Mr. President. Thank you very much. I hope you keep watching the parade. Santa Claus is coming. Santa Claus is coming, Mr. President! “
“I’m waiting for Santa Claus,” joked Biden.
Biden signed the call by saying, “I wish we were with you, Al. Nice to see you, buddy. “
Roker then returned, to his false surprise, and called out to viewers unfamiliar with presidential interview procedures, “How did he get my phone number? Well, he’s the President of the United States, I think he can! “
Roker punched Biden with his fist at the President’s inaugural parade in DC in January. And in 2013 he gave the then Vice President Biden a solemn handshake at this parade.
While the NBC veteran personality asked only one question, she is likely to be considered one of Biden’s fewer than two dozen interviews to date as President – far fewer than his six most recent predecessors, including Ronald Reagan, who doubled Biden’s number of interviews despite him Shot in the lung two months after taking office.