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Biden pardons Chocolate and Chip: Washington Photos of the Week

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 11/26/2022 Graeme Jennings

President Joe Biden flew to Nantucket with first lady Jill Biden on Tuesday, leaving behind a sleepy Washington with lawmakers home for the Thanksgiving recess.

But before he left, Biden took part in the annual turkey pardoning on the South Lawn of the White House. The president spared Chocolate and Chip, two turkeys named after his favorite flavor of ice cream.

The same day, Jill Biden, joined by grandson Beau, received the White House Christmas tree, brought to their residence via a horse-drawn carriage.

It's been an eventful month for the family. Biden, the oldest president in U.S. history, turned 80 this week, a milestone they celebrated with a Sunday brunch. The day before, Biden and first lady Jill hosted the wedding of their granddaughter, Naomi Biden, at the White House.

The president is still celebrating a better-than-expected outcome in the midterm elections on Nov. 8, with Democrats maintaining the Senate and holding Republicans to a razor-thin majority in the lower chamber.

“The votes are in, they’ve been counted and verified, no ballot stuffing, no fowl play," Biden joked during the pardoning ceremony. "The only red wave this season is going to be if German shepherd Commander knocks over the cranberry sauce."

Speculation is growing over whether Biden will run for a second term after he told reporters he would weigh the decision with his family over the holidays.

"He's going to have a private conversation with his family. I am certainly not going to lay out what that conversation could look like or potentially be," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.

Joe and Jill Biden plan to return from Nantucket on Sunday. The trip is one the couple has made each Thanksgiving for decades.

Here's a look at scenes from around Washington the week of Nov. 21, captured by Washington Examiner photographer Graeme Jennings.

Joe Biden pardons two turkeys, Chocolate and Chip, for Thanksgiving

President Joe Biden arrives for a pardoning ceremony for the national Thanksgiving turkeys on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. GRAEME JENNINGS

President Joe Biden arrives for a pardoning ceremony for the national Thanksgiving turkeys on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. GRAEME JENNINGS
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A horse-drawn carriage delivers the White House Christmas tree

The receiving of the 2022 White House Christmas tree at the White House in Washington on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. GRAEME JENNINGS © Provided by Washington Examiner The receiving of the 2022 White House Christmas tree at the White House in Washington on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. GRAEME JENNINGS

Joe and Jill Biden depart the South Lawn of the White House, heading for Marine One

President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden make their way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. GRAEME JENNINGS © Provided by Washington Examiner President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden make their way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. GRAEME JENNINGS Marine One, carrying President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, departs from the South Lawn of the White House on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. Biden turned 80 on Sunday, a milestone for the oldest president in U.S. history. GRAEME JENNINGS © Provided by Washington Examiner Marine One, carrying President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, departs from the South Lawn of the White House on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. Biden turned 80 on Sunday, a milestone for the oldest president in U.S. history. GRAEME JENNINGS

Anthony Fauci delivers his final White House briefing on COVID-19

In his final White House briefing appearance, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci answered questions from the press about COVID-19 in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. GRAEME JENNINGS © Provided by Washington Examiner In his final White House briefing appearance, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci answered questions from the press about COVID-19 in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. GRAEME JENNINGS  

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