Joe Biden visited naval installations in Virginia on Sunday to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday week, introducing an early screening of the upcoming movie “Wonka” and sharing a “friendsgiving” meal with service members and their relatives.
The president and Jill Biden headed to Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads to introduce the new film center around the early life of Roald Dahl’s fictional eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka. The film will be officially released Dec. 15.
He joked to the many youngsters in the crowd: “I like kids more than adults” and added “I wish I could stay and watch Wonka with you.”
Joe immediately focused his attention on a 6-year-old girl and jokingly asked her if she was 17!
“And I love your ears!” Biden said as he shuffled over to the child. “I love them! They’re really cool! What’s your name?”
“Catherine,” the child said.
Biden got in the child’s face and said, “Catherine? That’s my mommy’s name! Well, nice to see you – how old are you? 17?”
“I’m 6,” the little girl said.
Biden was visibly thrilled when he discovered the young girl was only 6 years old.
Meanwhile, Biden’s 2024 Republican rival Donald Trump was scheduled for a military visit Sunday in Texas. The former president, who has a commanding early lead in the 2024 GOP primary, was in Edinburg after serving meals to National Guard soldiers, troopers and others who will be stationed at the U.S.-Mexico border over Thanksgiving.
Trump is promoting hard-line immigration proposals that will better secure the border. He and top Republicans have long criticized the Biden administration for failing to do more to crackdown on people entering the United States illegally.