President Joe Biden considered 29-year-old Japanese Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama as a “Japanese boy” during an embarrassing conversation with a Japanese leader visiting the White House.
“Yoshi, I know how proud you are, the people of Japan are…and you’ve got a Japanese boy coming over here, and guess what? He won the Masters. He won the Masters. He won the green jacket,” Biden said to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday, April 16.
President Biden congrats the Japan PM on Hideki Matsuyama becoming the first Japanese golfer to win the Masters:
"I know how proud you are of the people of Japan are. And you've got a Japanese boy coming over here, and guess what, he won the Masters." pic.twitter.com/cJ7cnm6FPd
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 16, 2021
Hideki Matsuyama, a full-grown man, became the first Japanese-born player to win a major golf tournament at Augusta National, which finished on April 11.
Many people believed Biden’s use of words was strange.
Japanese are actually tweeting about the disrespect from Biden by saying that Japanese boy.
Biden is a disgrace and embarrassment.
— Debbie Deplorable🇺🇸❤🇺🇸 (@dbglisson) April 17, 2021
However, according to Breitbart News, the mass media paid no attention to Biden’s uncomfortable wording and phrasing.
In the week leading up to the first televised presidential debate in 2020, Biden also drew ire from fellow candidates over remarks he made at a fundraiser, in which he described his ability to work with segregationists from the South during the early part of his political career.
“I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland,” Biden described at a private event in New York on June 18, 2020. “He never called me boy. He always called me son.”
Sen. James O. Eastland from Mississippi is a well-known and outspoken white supremacist during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and early ’70s. And Biden’s remarks quickly drew sharp criticism from other prominent Democrats who found them racially insensitive. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) immediately asked Biden to apologize. “You don’t joke about calling black men ‘boys,’” he said. “Men like James O. Eastland used words like that, and the racist policies that accompanied them, to perpetuate white supremacy and strip black Americans of our very humanity.”
Biden’s new comments again raised questions about his cognitive ability.
In his first press briefing on March 26, President Biden had to use a sheet full of notes prepared for him at the rostrum to help him remember details about the U.S. framework.
Biden apparently used photos to recognize the journalists in the White House’s East Room to call them at the presser. When he struggled through the series of reporters he had assembled for the call, he fidgeted with his papers.
And after that, Biden walked away from the stand, carrying his folder, without waiting for any further question to be asked.
Incredible awkward moment as Joe Biden struggles to find which hand-picked reporter to call on next from his list… pic.twitter.com/LWB3QcXyIE
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 25, 2021