Once again, President Joe Biden has managed to put his foot in his mouth.
The president said Friday that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga must be proud of Hideki Matsuyama, a 29-year-old golf champion who Biden bizarrely referred to as “a Japanese boy,” as Breitbart reported — and it was all caught on tape.
“Yoshi, I know how proud you are — the people of Japan are — and you’ve got a Japanese boy coming over here, and guess what? He won the Masters. He won the Masters. He won the green jacket,” Biden said at a press conference with the Japanese leader in the White House’s Rose Garden, according to the New York Post. Take a look:
Pres. Biden congrats the Japan Prime Minister on Hideki Matsuyama becoming the first Japanese golfer to win the Masters:
“I know how proud you are of the people of Japan. You’ve got a Japanese boy coming over here and, guess what, he won the Masters.” pic.twitter.com/5mnnH7GWpK
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) April 16, 2021
Biden’s latest blunder
Biden went on to note that “Matsuyama was the first Japanese player to take home that green jacket at the Masters tournament this week.”
“So let me say congratulations to Japan as well on that feat,” the president said, according to the Post.
As reports noted, social media users were quick to call Biden out over his reference to the golf star as a “boy,” but this is far from the first time Biden has made a major gaffe on the national — or international — stage.
In one of the most notable examples, the now-president was forced to apologize in 2007 after saying of Barack Obama, “I mean, you’ve got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
On the campaign trail in 2020, Biden frequently sparred with voters, even calling one “a lying dog-faced pony soldier,” according to the New York Post.
Off to a rough start
Earlier during Suga’s visit, Biden faced pushback for failing to be there to welcome the Japanese prime minister to the White House, even after saying he was “looking forward” to doing so.
shouldn’t Biden be the one to welcome Japan’s prime minister? pic.twitter.com/SG6W8K6jFS
— tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) April 16, 2021
And we have nearly four more years of this to look forward to.