President Joe Biden marked the occasion of Black History Month by leaning into the racial themes that have paved his path to power but it was an off-the-cuff remark that opened the divider-in-chief up to much mockery when he stated “I may be a white boy, but I’m not stupid.”
On Monday, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a White House reception to close out America’s monthlong celebration of blackness which takes place every February, and during his speech, the 80-year-old career politician’s attempt to inject a bit of self-deprecating humor into the proceedings was a great success with him becoming the butt of his own joke.
Biden’s jab at himself came during his speech to civil rights and business leaders after he joked that newly minted House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) who is black doesn’t talk to him anymore.
“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,” he said, referring to a group of historically black fraternities and sororities.
“I may be a white boy but I’m not stupid.” What the hell? pic.twitter.com/eEckW3DIGJ
— TallTanOne (@TallTanOne) February 28, 2023
The odd comment is just the latest in a growing collection of Biden’s racial remarks that present himself as the champion of black people while also often serving as a useful tool to demonize his political adversaries – especially supporters of former President Donald J. Trump – as racists, rhetoric that comes at a time when the decades of progress in race relations have been erased due to Democrats, the media and “woke” cultural revolutionaries who wear their contempt for white people on their sleeves as if it was a badge of honor.
Twitter users piled on the ridicule with many begging to differ with Biden’s claim of not being stupid.
FACT CHECK: Joe Biden is both white and stupid.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 27, 2023
You are a White boy and you are stupid.
— Michael J. Morrison (@OfficeOfMike) February 28, 2023
Famous presidential quotes..
Abraham Lincoln: "Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today."
Theodore Roosevelt: "It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed."
Joe biden.." I may be a white boy, but I'm not stupid.
— Jannine.. #MagaMemeQueen ™️ 👑🇺🇸 (@janninereid1) February 28, 2023
Apparently racism is funny if it comes from a Democrat.
— DebMoley (@DeborahMoleswo1) February 27, 2023
Biden is a white boy and he is STUPID!
— Derrick Evans (@DerrickEvans_WV) February 28, 2023
“I may be a white boy but I’m not stupid.”
Joe Biden sure knows how to celebrate the final days of black history month.
— 🇺🇸🤟🏻 (@esoryelsnya) February 28, 2023
He knows where the power is, eh? IMO he’s referring to the Kenyan, his partner in crime.
— (@Beth2point0_) February 27, 2023
Fact check: False
— MN Chop (@Jburg42) February 28, 2023
Biden also spoke of the White House’s recent hosting of a screening of “Till,” a movie about the mother of Emmett Till, the black Chicago teen who was brutally murdered by racists in 1955 that drew raves from critics but got snubbed by the Oscars, drawing cries of racism from the film’s director Chinonye Chukwu.
“We hosted a screening because it’s important to say from the White House, for the entire country to hear, history matters. History matters, and black history matters,” Biden said during Monday’s reception. “We can’t just choose to learn what we want to know. We learn what we should know, to learn everything, the good, the bad, the truth of who we are as a nation. That’s what great nations do, and we are a great nation.”
For the occasion of the screening, Biden once again reneged on his campaign trail vows that he would be a president who would unite the country, suggesting that there are Americans who to this day, would still rejoice over the lynching of black people.
“With white crowds, white families gathered to celebrate the spectacle, taking pictures of the bodies and mailing them as postcards,” Biden said. “Hard to believe, but that’s what was done. And some people still want to do that.”
Biden on lynching: "White families gathered to celebrate the spectacle, taking pictures of the bodies … Some people still want to do that" pic.twitter.com/oNY0x9UKcv
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 17, 2023
In addition to his “white boy” quip, Biden had plenty of crowd-pleasing lines including, “To deliver equal justice under the law, we’re building a federal bench with judges that reflect all of America, led by Ketanji Brown Jackson.”
“I promised you a number of things. But very specifically, I said the first nominee to the Supreme Court is going to be a black woman and that I was going to pick a black woman to be vice president of the United States of America,” he also said, boasting about his abandonment of the meritocracy that has served America so well in favor of hiring based on skin color, gender and other traits that eliminate more qualified candidates from the process in order to pander to key demographics that are critical to his party’s hold on political power.
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