While trying to compliment Japan’s Prime Minister on Hideki Matsuyama’s big win at Augusta National, Joe Biden mangled his teed-up sentence, then tried to free wheel, and landed deeper in the rough.
Appearing alongside Yoshihide “Yossi” Suga – the successor to Shinzo Abe, the current White House occupant said, “And Yossi, I know how proud you are of the people of Japan are.”
The prepared statement, as written: “And Yossi, I know how proud you and the people of Japan are of Hideki Matsuyama, the first Japanese player to take home the green jacket at the Masters tournament this week.”
Confused by his I/O error, Biden turned to Suga, and attempted to go off script, but then forgot Matsuyama’s name: “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.”
As if it were a huge stunner that the inferior “Japanese Boy” was able to win the green jacket.
Hideki Matsuyama, a 29-year old man, who’s married with a new child, has been ranked as one of the very best golfers in the entire world since 2013. During this time, for eight consecutive years, only Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy, and Dustin Johnson have finished ranked inside the world top 30. That’s called world-class consistency.
Further, Matsuyama has also played his entire career on the U.S. PGA Tour so he didn’t just “come over here” like some poor migrant.
Biden, who is known for wearing an earpiece, must have been reminded of “Matsuyama’s” name, because he immediately turned away from Suga, and continued his prepared sentence.
Japanese golf forums lit up with criticism of the 78-year old Democrat.
Not remembering the names of people he’s supposed to recognize in speeches is a common problem for the former Veep. Recently he gave a speech and actually forgot the name of his own Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, who was standing behind him.
h/t The News Junkies