Throughout his political career, and especially during the 2020 campaign season, President Joe Biden faced criticism for his gaffes and bungled pronunciations.
As his wife Jill Biden recently demonstrated, however, her husband is not the only one in the first family prone to botched public remarks.
“In the course of three months”
In an effort to speak Spanish during a recent visit to a vaccination site in California, Jill Biden’s “Si se puede” — which in English means “Yes we can” — came out more like, “Si se pwadueh.” According to the Daily Wire, the nonsensical sound quickly spread far and wide on social media.
Me to my high school Spanish cohorts when we’re sitting down to the final without studying at all. pic.twitter.com/LENk5LRzBQ
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 1, 2021
As one online critic remarked: “It’s wild that in the course of three months we went from a supermodel First Lady who spoke five languages, to fake Dr. Pwadway.”
Something unrelated to the first lady’s remarks also drew attention during her appearance: according to the Daily Wire, in the background was a flag that some viewers believed contained Nazi imagery.
The design is actually the symbol used by the United Farm Workers of America. That organization states that the eagle featured on the banner was designed by Richard Chavez, the brother of union activist Cesar Chavez.
For his part, the president recently highlighted Cesar Chavez in a White House proclamation.
Earlier this week, he noted: “I was proud to place a bust of Cesar Chavez in the Oval Office, so that no one who enters that historic room may forget the powerful truths his farmworker hands imparted.”
Jill Biden has now experienced her first notable faux pas since her husband was inaugurated. The president, on the other hand, continues to face significant scrutiny based on his verbal gaffes and physical behavior.
Making matters worse, Joe Biden remains largely sheltered in the White House, with his administration noting that neither he nor Vice President Kamala Harris has any immediate plans to visit the U.S.–Mexico border amid a worsening immigration crisis, Newsweek notes.
Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel addressed the issue in a tweet this week, writing: “When will Joe Biden and Kamala Harris visit the border to see the crisis they are creating? The administration keeps saying there is no planned trip, and when Harris was asked she laughed.”