Biden was recently attempting to speak about Karen Narasaki, a civil rights leader who was the former president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, during a White House event for the signing of H.R. 3525, the “Commission To Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act”.
Well, predictably, that went less than well for our senile president referred to Ms. Narasaki not as “Karen Narasaki”, her actual name, but as “Karen Nagasaki”, saying:
“And all of it is an embodiment of so many of you here today, leaders in civil rights like Karen Nagasaki and Karen Korematsu. Where — where are you? Where are the Karens? There you go.”
The White House briefing room, for its part, attempted to edit out the mistake in the transcript, crossing through it and replacing “Nagasaki” with “Narasaki”, writing:
All of it has been defined by who you are and who we are as a nation. And it’s defined us. And all of it is an embodiment of so many of you here today. Leaders in civil rights like Karen
Nagasaki [Narasaki] and — and Karen Korematsu. Where — where are you? Where are the Karens? There you go. (Applause.)
Watch that gaffe, one of his worst yet, here:
Predictably, after mixing up the civil rights leader’s name with the name of one of the two Japanese cities that the US dropped an atomic bomb on during World War II, Biden went on to thrash America for being racist, saying:
And it comes at a critical time — all kidding aside. It comes at a critical time.
This year marks one year since the murder of six Asian American women in Atlanta — a symbol of the anti-Asian hate in America today.
This year commemorates the 80th anniversary of the incarceration of 120,000 American citizens who were Japanese Americans during World War Two, which included — if you excuse my reference to two friends — it included a dear friend who, as a child — the late Norm Mineta — who went on to serve — he was in those camps when he was a child — went on to serve in the United States Army and in Congress and the Cabinet — a commemoration at a time where there are those who seek to whitewash the history in our schools, what took place.
The murder of the six women, while awful, was much more an instance of a serial seeker of prostitution murdering the prostitutes than anti-Asian hate, they just happened to be Asian.
In any case, Biden was quickly made fun of on Twitter, with one commenter saying “Waiting for him to say, ‘She’s the bomb!‘” and another joking “Nah. Just a flash in the pan.”
Biden, for his part, never seemed to realize his error and just continued with the speech, rambling about Asian Americans and how racist America is before sharing a World War II story, albeit not another one about Nagasaki.