Who’s going on Joe Biden’s July trip to Nantucket?

Biden, Tester head to Nantucket This week, Rep. Sander Levin and John Kratovil, who is running for Congress in Maryland’s 6th district, also flew on Air Force One. Biden and Tester jet to Nantucket…

Who's going on Joe Biden's July trip to Nantucket?


Biden, Tester head to Nantucket This week, Rep. Sander Levin and John Kratovil, who is running for Congress in Maryland’s 6th district, also flew on Air Force One.

Biden and Tester jet to Nantucket Political insider and pro-Obama super PACers may want to opt out of the photo op, but for others, the invite is a chance to vacation in style.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough is also bound for Nantucket this week along with national security adviser Susan Rice and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

Lew will “meet with the famous Biden family and then the key members of the Biden family, including first lady Michelle, Vice President Joe Biden, his daughter Hallie, granddaughter Margaret, and grandson Hunter,” McDonough told the New York Times.

Tickets for a July 2016 event where Biden will address supporters in North Carolina were recently revealed. The list didn’t include the names of the special guests, but included Obama and Jill Biden’s friends and allies, other administration officials, and friends of the Bidens.

McDonough said he isn’t sure whether McDonough himself will go on the July trip. The Secret Service, which declines to comment on where it is deployed, should make the call in that case. (Update: The Secret Service now confirmed he will travel. They could not comment on why he wasn’t previously included in that list.)

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Kathleen Lawrence, the White House executive director for crime victims rights, said she is “scared” by some media reports on Biden’s scheduled trip.

“I have seen Joe Biden act with compassion and compassion in the past,” Lawrence said. “I certainly hope he doesn’t act that way again.”

But for supporters of victims’ rights and for a host of others, Nantucket trips are really about much more than just photographers and reporters in tow.

“For me, this trip is a three-day vacation with my family,” said Julie Mwangi, an Arlington, Va.-based freelance writer and activist. “I like going to Nantucket — it’s my favorite New England destination.”

Jennifer Blair, an intern at Jewish National Fund in Washington, said she goes to the annual roast dinner on the Nantucket summer lawn for the “childhood memories,” as well as a chance to raise money for a teen camp in New Hampshire.

“You know, I’m not a Democrat. In fact, I can’t even vote,” Blair said. “But I’ll tell you one thing I can support: building a community-run retirement home in Nantucket for individuals who can’t afford to live on the mainland. We’re also raising money to provide resources for local school children and veterans. So it’s really good that there’s help going on for people.”

The 72-year-old vice president is Obama’s most loyal advocate.

“I’ve been around a long time and he’s one of the best I’ve ever seen,” Lawrence said. “One of the things about Joe that really impresses me is his ability to choose his words very carefully. He always seems to know where he’s going, and he always seems to do what he thinks is best for the country.”

Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), who is retiring this year, said: “Just being with family is a time of true joy and happy memories, and Joe is really doing that for many people and for the administration as well.”

“What I think Joe and the First Family will do is pay tribute to the services of the service members, their families and the children who made sacrifices to serve this country,” Levin said. “They are probably the most inspiring group of Americans, and for me, personally, I think it would be very fitting to say thank you.”

The vice president will make at least one public appearance this week. On Wednesday, he will visit Broomall, Pa., to commemorate a World War II homecoming. Two days before, he will travel to New York to attend a U.N. Women Peace Summit.

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