President Joe Biden called a 29-year-old golf champion a “Japanese boy” during a press conference on Friday, according to The Washington Times.
The president made his comments about Masters golf champion Hideki Matsuyama in a joint press conference with Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga in the White House Rose Garden.
Biden told Suga that he understood why the Japanese people were so proud of their country:
“You’ve got a Japanese boy coming over here and winning the Masters,” the 78-year-old Mr. Biden said. “He won the green jacket. … the first Japanese player to take home that green jacket.”
Matsuyama won the famous tournament in Augusta, Georgia just a week ago, taking home first prize was worth $2.1 million, which, as the Times noted is “a lot of money for a ‘boy.’”
Biden has become infamous for his gaffes, something that pre-dated him taking office on Jan. 20.
The New York Post highlighted Biden’s “12 worst gaffes” in late 2020, calling his comments a “chronic case of foot-in-mouth.”
One of his more concerning comments came when he told CNN “I will develop some disease and say I have to resign,” as Harris shook her head in bewilderment.
And again in 2016 viewers wondered what he could have been thinking when he told an audience at the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing stationed in Abu Dhabi to “clap for that, you stupid bastards,” when seeking accolades for his “incredibly good judgment” in nominating one of the group’s officers to the Air Force Academy.