President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden stopped by a “Friendsgiving” dinner at Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina, Monday evening.
Biden, who later worked the buffet line serving mashed potatoes to service members, joked at the top of brief remarks that the White House had picked Cherry Point because “the chef’s not bad.”
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The president called it a “great honor” to join the Marines and sailors of the Second Marine Expeditionary Force.
“The American people have no idea the scarifies you’re making,” he continued. “I used to get in trouble for saying when I was a senator that America has a lot of responsibilities but only one sacred responsibility, and I mean this sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, it is to equip those we send into harm’s way and care for them and their families when they come home.”
As he has frequently done, Biden alluded to his late son Beau Biden, who died from cancer in 2015 after he was exposed to toxic burn pits while serving overseas.
“No one in the world misunderstands your competence. No one in the world misunderstands that you are the finest fighting force in the world. That is not a joke. That’s the God’s truth,” the president concluded. “So thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and a good Christmas.”
You can watch Biden’s remarks in full below.