OAN Brooke Mallory
UPDATED 2:47 PM – Tuesday, April 25, 2023
President Joe Biden made yet another blunder on Monday, seemingly mistaking a Democrat congresswoman’s name for a man’s name.
In his opening remarks at the National and State Teacher of the Year Celebration, Biden seemed to confuse the name of Representative Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), repeatedly calling her “Jonah” instead.
When asking Hayes to stand, Biden addressed her as a woman, showing that he was at least aware of her gender.
“Thank you for the members of Congress here today, including two outstanding educating congresswomen, Jonah… And by the way, Jonah Hayes is — Jonah, where are you? There you are, Jonah, right in front of me!” Biden said.
“Stand up, Jonah!” Biden continued, gesturing for her to stand up. “Jonah happened to be the 2016 National Teacher of the Year.”
Hayes’ first election to the House was back in 2018.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), who, similarly to Hayes, was a teacher before entering politics, was also recognized by Biden in his speech.
As Biden prepares to run for re-election in 2024, the president’s term has been littered with a plethora of gaffes.
During a speech at the White House in early February, Biden oddly boasted that “more than half the women” on his staff “are women.”
“More than half the women of my cabinet, more than half the people of my cabinet, more than half the women in my administration are women,” the president stated, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
During a speech to the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference in early March, Biden also received heavy criticism for laughing as he mentioned a mother who had lost two children to fentanyl.
“I should digress, probably, I’ve read, she, she was very specific recently, saying that a mom, a poor mother who lost two kids to fentanyl, that, that I killed her sons. Well, the interesting thing is that fentanyl they took came during the last administration,” Biden said while giggling, referring to the criticism he had received over the fentanyl crisis from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).
In 2013, when former President Barack Obama and vice President Biden were on the campaign trail together, Chuck Graham (D-Mo.), a wheelchair-bound state senator from Missouri, was urged by Biden to “stand up” during a rally.
Democrats Marianne Williamson and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will be joining the presidential race by putting their names forward to run against Biden in the primary.
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