The comment, which has been perceived as racially insensitive, was made during a speech at Prince George's Community College in Maryland on Thursday, where the President was discussing the economy.
In his televised remarks, Biden said, "We've seen record lows in unemployment particularly – and I've focused on this my whole career – particularly for African Americans and Hispanic workers and veterans, you know, the workers without high school diplomas." However, the official transcript released by the White House indicated that the word "and" was intended to separate African American, Hispanic workers, and veterans from those without high school diplomas.
The corrected statement would read: "We've seen record lows in unemployment particularly – and I've focused on this my whole career – particularly for African Americans and Hispanic workers and veterans, you know, and the workers without high school diplomas."
The White House has yet to comment on the matter, despite attempts by The Post to reach out for clarification.
This incident adds to a growing list of public gaffes by the president, raising questions about his mental acuity as he seeks a second term in office. Over his three-year tenure, Biden has made several notable errors. For instance, during a speech last year, he mistakenly called out for Jackie Walorski, an Indiana congresswoman who had tragically died in a car accident the previous month. Biden had previously expressed his condolences to her family, expressing his shock and sadness over her untimely death.
Additionally, Biden sparked controversy when he called for regime change in Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. The White House later denied that this was his intention when he said of Russian President Vladimir Putin, "For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power."
In July, Biden inaccurately estimated the COVID-19 death toll, stating that "over 100" Americans had died from the disease since its emergence over three years ago. The White House later corrected this figure to "over 1 million" in an official transcript.
More recently, Biden claimed that he was at the World Trade Center site in New York City the day after the 9/11 attacks, despite his own autobiography stating that he was in Washington, D.C. at the time.
These incidents have led to speculation about Biden's fitness for office, with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough revealing that many Democrats privately question whether Biden is too old to run for a second term. "Let me just say, Democrats off the air will say 'Joe Biden's too old. Why is he running?" Scarborough told Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius on Wednesday. "On the air — they won't say that."