The Biden White House has been a gaffe-filled one, with the often tongue-tied President consistently providing the nation with strange and worrisome comments or downright gibberish.
But this week it was the First Lady’s turn to take the plunge into linguistic limbo with some highly tone-deaf comments while speaking on Hispanic diversity.
Biden made the comments on Monday during a conference in San Antonio for the Latino civil rights and advocacy organization UnidosUS, where she commented on diversity of the community and the work of Raul Yzaguirre, the former president and CEO of the organization who just last week was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.Advertisement - story continues below
“Raul helped build this organization with the understanding that the diversity of this community — as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio — is your strength,” Biden said, while mispronouncing the word “bodega.”
The East Wing was quick to release an apology.
“The first lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community,” Michael LaRosa, the first lady’s spokesman, said.
One professionals group was particularly upset.
In a statement Monday, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists called on the first lady and her speech writing team “to take the time in the future to better to better understand the complexities of our people and communities,” adding, “We are not tacos,” and “do not reduce us to stereotypes.”
Now we have to wonder if the gaffes are contagious.