White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mispronounced the name of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, referring to him as Anthony in an embarrassing gaffe.
Jean-Pierre also did not immediately notice the mistake, making it appear even worse.
Karine Jean-Pierre refers to Biden's Secretary of State Antony Blinken as "Anthony" pic.twitter.com/bvKAmll0eG
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 8, 2023
"In all fairness to Jean-Pierre, this is not the worst mistake to make and is frankly a rather understandable one. 'Antony' is a rather uncommon name that looks and sounds almost identical to 'Anthony' which is a very common name, so I am sure that this is not the first time someone has made that mistake," The Western Journal wrote.
"But the image that this presents is not a good one, it shows that the White House press secretary is unable to pronounce the name of one of the senior figures on President Joe Biden’s cabinet," it added.
Joe Biden keeps botching the name of his Supreme Court justice. pic.twitter.com/E7p3WqkTGf
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 19, 2023
President Joe Biden has also joined in mispronouncing the names of key leaders during his administration.
One of his most memorable has been his ongoing trouble saying the name of the first black female Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown-Jackson.
He has also mispronounced several other names, including Xavier Becerra, calling him Bacaria.
Joe Biden Mispronounces Xavier Becerra’s Name pic.twitter.com/cMhWHhgtYz
— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) December 9, 2020
Biden has also referred to the prime minister of the U.K. Rishi Sunak.
Here's the moment Joe Biden mispronounces Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's name pic.twitter.com/uIs5Afbqy8
— Evening Standard (@standardnews) October 25, 2022
The ongoing mistakes among the Biden administration's top leaders continue to lead to others laughing at the U.S. instead of respecting the nation. Many have noted that the U.S. looks increasingly weak to Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran as they seek to move forward with plans against key allies.
The concern was also closely seen when the Biden administration withdrew from Afghanistan. The effort included much chaos, sadly including the deaths of 13 American officers outside of the Kabul airport.
The administration is already on its second press secretary in less than three years, along with high turnover in both the president's and vice president's offices. The problems continue to grow as questions swirl over whether the 80-year-old Biden should run for a second term to lead the nation.