The 80-year-old President made this blunder during his speech at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 46th Annual Gala, held in Washington, D.C. The event was organized to honor Sister Norma Pimental, the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, who was the recipient of the gala award.
In his address, President Biden stated, "I know Sister Norma lives the lessons nuns taught me growing up. Lessons based on the Gospel of Matthew: feed the hungry, care for the sick, welcome strangers. They echo what my dad taught me, and I mean this sincerely, my dad used to say, ‘Everyone, everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.’ The Congressional Black Caucus embodies all those values."
This gaffe occurred a day after President Biden overlooked shaking hands with Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, popularly known as "Lula," at a joint press conference. Later that evening, he reportedly repeated the same story at a fundraiser within minutes.
Despite the error, President Biden did not pause to correct himself, a practice he occasionally adopts during speaking slip-ups. He proceeded with his speech, stating, "Just think of the work we’ve done together on civil rights, labor rights, health care, education. Folks, we’ve fundamentally changed the direction of our economy to grow it from the middle out and the bottom-up."
Fox News Digital reached out to the White House for a statement regarding the President's comment, but no immediate response was received.
In his speech, President Biden also took credit for the high number of Hispanic members in his Cabinet and the "record low" Latino unemployment rate.
These recent gaffes follow a controversial statement made by the President a week prior, where he suggested that African American and Hispanic employees lack "high school diplomas."
"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," he said during a speech at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland.
After delivering a speech on workers' rights at the United Nations in New York City, President Biden shook hands with International Labor Organization Director-General Gilbert Houngbo but failed to acknowledge President Lula, who was present on stage. This oversight seemed to irritate the Brazilian leader.
Later that evening at a fundraiser, President Biden reportedly told the "same story" twice within minutes, "nearly word for word," according to several attendees.
"After briefly touting his economic record, POTUS reflected on his decision to seek the presidency," reported Politico’s Jonathan Lemire, who was traveling with the president on Wednesday. "He told the story about the events of Charlottesville in 2017 as the reason for his campaign. A few minutes later, he told the story again, nearly word for word."
Several users on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, quickly commented on the President’s age and the perceived decline in his health.