President Joe Biden and his family spent the Thanksgiving holiday at the Massachusetts home of billionaire David Rubenstein.
His arrival in the upper-class Nantucket community was not received well by everyone, however, including one resident who reportedly raised a middle finger as the presidential motorcade drove past him.
A series of cold receptions
According to Breitbart, the gesture came as Biden was on his way to greet U.S. Coast Guard members ahead of his arrival at Rubenstein’s nearby compound.
The Bidens have reportedly spent the holiday at that location on a regular basis over the past few decades.
Zolan Kanno-Youngs, a White House pool reporter for The New York Times, shared an update about a man on his front porch who offered the obscene salute to the commander-in-chief.
Of course, it might come as little surprise that Biden attracted such a response considering his low approval rating and the prevalence of “Let’s go Brandon” chants, which serve as a euphemism for an explicit criticism of the president.
It was also not the first time that Biden has received a less-than-friendly greeting when touring America — including in heavily Democratic regions of northeastern states.
Ethical concerns about Biden family tradition
As the New York Post reported, residents in New Jersey similarly flipped the bird at Biden as he toured an area damaged by a significant storm in September. The following month, protesters in Connecticut gathered to greet him with a profane chant outside of a daycare center.
In reference to Biden’s stay at Rubenstein’s home in Nantucket, some critics have voiced concerns about the family tradition continuing into his term as president.
As millions of Americans face soaring consumer costs and an uncertain economic future, some see it as tone-deaf for Biden to pal around with the Carlyle Group co-founder, who is reportedly worth more than $4.6 billion.
Even Walter Shaub, who served as the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics during the Obama administration, questioned the “ethical optics” of the president’s holiday getaway.
He went on to note that, barring specific exceptions, Biden is required to pay “fair market value” for the rental of the property or disclose that amount as a gift.