In an age when we’ve resorted to stripping the gender of a plastic potato toy and canceling Dr. Seuss books because someone believes them to be “racist,” it’s truly stunning that we haven’t canceled President Joe Biden for a remark he recently made concerning Indian-Americans.
During a teleconference call with a team of NASA engineers and scientists last week, Biden put his awkwardness on full display by proclaiming how amazing it is to him that Indian-Americans are “taking over the country.”
In his call with NASA workers, including Dr. Swati Mohan, a scientist who was part of the historical landing of the latest American rover on Mars, Biden expressed his thoughts on the impact that Indian-Americans are having on the scientific and other communities in general.
“It’s amazing. Indian-descent Americans are taking over the country,” Biden said on the call, according to the New York Post. “You, my vice president, my speechwriter Vinay.”
Biden was referring to Vice President Kamala Harris’ Indian heritage from her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, who immigrated to the United States to obtain a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. His speechwriter, Vinay Reddy, is of Indian-American heritage and is from Ohio.
This isn’t the first time Biden has made eyebrow-raising comments about Indian-Americans in the United States, as there was an infamous moment from 2006 when he made a comment about convenience stores that is squarely on the opposite end from modern political correctness.
“In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India,” Biden said at the time. “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
Confusion sets in
Aside from making what many on social media have already labeled a “racist” comment regarding Indian-Americans, the 78-year-old president’s seeming cognitive decline was once again on full display as he became confused over who was supposed to be speaking on the call at any given time.
“Now am I supposed to speak? Or is Swati supposed to say something? I was told I was supposed to speak with Swati,” Biden asked, on several occasions, while one of the NASA workers kept speaking. Biden looked around in what appeared to be a moment of confusion.
After they finally determined who was supposed to be speaking, Biden was invited by the NASA team to take a tour of their headquarters and Biden went full awkward once again, describing himself as a “poor relative” who likes to stay too long when invited over to someone’s house.
“I’m like a poor relative, Mike. When I’m invited, I show up, so be careful. You know the poor relatives show up and they stay longer than they’re supposed to,” Biden said. “I’m one of those kind of guys.”
It’s truly no wonder why Biden is taking so much heat from the media as to why he hasn’t yet held his first presidential news conference. His team is presumably scared to death of what he might say without the assistance of a teleprompter.