Biden Says ‘I May Be a White Boy, but I’m Not Stupid’ at Black History Month Event
Steven Nelson, New York Post, February 27, 2023
President Biden told a White House audience “I may be a white boy, but I’m not stupid” in a cringeworthy attempt at self-deprecating humor during an event celebrating Black History Month.
The 80-year-old president made the bizarre remark moments after joking that House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), who is black, no longer talks to him.
“I may be a white boy, but I’m not stupid. I know where the power is … you think I’m joking. I learned a long time ago about the Divine Nine,” Biden said, referring to a group of African American fraternities and sororities.
Jeffries “is here in spite of the fact that when he ran the first time, I campaigned for him,” the president added before giving a shout-out to Congressional Black Caucus chairman Steven Horsford (D-Nev.).
“I campaigned for him too. You know what this means is, they don’t talk to me anymore,” Biden said. “I’m only kidding.”
The oldest-ever president has a history of making awkward remarks about racial issues.
In January 2022, Biden told students at historically black colleges in Atlanta that he was arrested during civil rights protests — for which there is no evidence.
In 2020, Biden sparked an outcry when he said African American voters “ain’t black” if they support then-President Donald Trump.
Months later, the then-Democratic candidate took heat for saying blacks were less diverse than Hispanics in terms of political thinking — before asking a black journalist if he was a “junkie” in the same interview when the reporter asked if he had taken a cognitive test.