As we reported earlier, White House reporters let loose on Thursday on White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre over Joe Biden avoiding questions from the press. Jean-Pierre said they might have an opportunity during Biden’s meeting with the Irish prime minister on Friday, but again Biden stiffed them, refusing to take questions. Kamala Harris also refused to take questions during the Friends of Ireland lunch they had with the prime minister.
The reason of course is to minimize the gaffes Biden can make around other world leaders. But that doesn’t stop them from happening anyway. As we noted earlier, Biden didn’t seem to understand he was at a luncheon and not a breakfast. He also stereotyped Irish people as drinkers, saying, “I’m the only Irishman you’ve ever met though that’s never had a drink,” so that he wasn’t “really Irish.”
But those weren’t the only bizarre and/or offensive comments Biden made at the luncheon.
“I’ve been to Ireland many times, but not to actually look up, to find my actual family members. And there are so many — and they actually weren’t in jail,” Biden said.
He also told another cringeworthy story about a corrupt politician named “Paddy,” whom he said was a friend of his father. Not only was “Paddy” another Irish stereotype, but some also found the description apropos give what had just been reported about the Biden family.
Paddy was like “a late [Chicago] Mayor [Richard] Daley, you know, brother-in-law-on-the-payroll kind of thing,” Biden recalled — just a day after House Republicans released bank record information on Biden family income from China to Hunter and James Biden, presidential daughter-in-law Hallie Biden and also an unnamed Biden.
Biden said he couldn’t understand how his grandfather — “Mr. Rectitude” — would invite such a shady character to join the family for lunch.
“You’re wondering why I like Paddy?” Biden’s grandfather supposedly said.
“He said … ‘Let me tell you something,’ he’d look at you say, ‘Ambrose. I’m going to cut your heart out.’ And you know he’d mean it,” the president recalled.
“Or, ‘Ambrose, I’m going to jump off the bridge for you.’ Whatever he said, he’d do — just remember, do what you say. Do what you say.”
More than a million dollars from a CCP-related company reportedly had been paid out to the Biden family, as we reported, including to Jim Biden, Hunter Biden and Hallie Biden (Beau’s widow and Hunter’s former girlfriend), as well as money to an account simply marked “Biden,” which could be for a yet another Biden. It’s likely another reason Biden is ducking questions, because he doesn’t want to answer up about this.
But somehow talking about a corrupt Irish politician who would cut people’s hearts out doesn’t seem a particularly good way to pander to your Irish audience.
He also had moments when he just seemed to get lost–and who knows what he was talking about.
I don’t know what the heck he was talking about here, but maybe it’s not a good idea to refer to the Senator from Delaware as “Coonsy.”
Then he started talking to former One Direction singer Niall Horan about singing and ended up with Scranton dying. No, not dying, going south. Anyway, you know the thing.
You can see Horan trying to listen politely, hoping Biden is going to come in for a landing soon and not just remain in outer space.
Then, even as there is all sorts of concern about the invidious nature of TikTok in the lives of Americans, here’s Biden posing for a TikTok video.
But at least he knew what he was talking about, right? Well, maybe not. It was the island, or “the Ireland.” It’s tough to read those teleprompters!
He’s going down fast.