Former Vice President Joe Biden’s frequent verbal blunders may yet end up being the death of his presidential campaign, but they’re certainly nothing new.
Way back in the 1980s, Biden was caught on video introducing singer Jerome Powell as “Michael Jackson” and “Prince.”
The video was taken at a Democratic Congressional Dinner in 1985. Watch the footage here.
“Y’all got to sit down for this”
As the Washington Examiner explains, Biden began by introducing a white piano player and then telling audience members about the vocalist.
“Now, the next man I would like you to meet,” Biden declared. “Now, y’all got to sit down for this. We’re going to have some important people coming out in a minute.”
“But there is one more band member that I want you to meet: Ladies and gentlemen, our vocalist tonight, Michael Jackson.”
“Michael, would you please stand?” Biden said, gesturing towards Powell. He then joked that Powell was “soon to become Prince, as was just pointed out to me.”
Not upset by remark
Powell told the Washington Examiner that he didn’t see the resemblance, adding that he had little in common with Jackson as his main influences were singers like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Tony Bennett.
“People know the difference,” he was quoted as saying. “I mean, Michael Jackson and I were in two entirely different categories.” Still, Powell said he wasn’t upset by the remarks.
“I’m a very sensitive person, so my sensitivity would have kicked in when a statement like that was made,” Powell said. “It didn’t. I would have commented or responded to it.”
Both Jackson and Prince were top-selling artists are the time, with the latter’s album Purple Rain having been released the previous year. The record served as the soundtrack to a motion picture by the same name, and spawned a number of hit singles, including “When Doves Cry.” Meanwhile, Jackson had just recorded “We Are The World.” Released to raise money for charity, he co-wrote the track with Lionel Richie.
The former vice president’s campaign has been plagued by verbal gaffes, something that video proves isn’t a recent phenomenon. Still, recent polls continue to show that Biden remains the Democratic presidential front runner.