Awkward! Biden, 80, is mocked for excruciating Thanksgiving Day parade call to NBC

While dialing in to NBC’s Today show during its traditional Thanksgiving Day parade broadcast in NYC, Joe and Jill Biden encountered embarrassing technological issues.

While reporting from Manhattan on Thursday morning, reporter Dylan Dreyer was forced to endure a torturous 17 second wait for a response to her enthusiastic “Hello, Mr. President.”

The conversation got off to a rocky start.

NBC’s Dylan Dreyer greeted the president at the beginning of the segment, but the two parties struggled to connect for around 20 seconds. 

“Can you hear me, Mr. President?” Dreyer asked.

The 80-year-old could be heard speaking to First Lady Jill before Biden addressed her, and it appears that they were both perplexed by the connection problems.

When they eventually connected, they paid respects to first responders and military before describing how they were on their annual Thanksgiving vacation to Nantucket.

I want to express my gratitude to the first responders, the police and firemen. They never stop,’ the president declared.

And God bless our warriors without a doubt, said the first lady.

And by the way, we’ll be speaking with some of our soldiers later today, both domestically and abroad. I’m hoping everyone will recall. Every day we think about them. The president prayed for God to truly bless our military.

The Bidens were included for the yearly procession for the second consecutive year. At this year’s event, Paula Abdul and Mariah Carey will perform.