President Biden gave a speech on National Observance Veterans Day last Thursday. The White House released the text here.
Recognizing the presence of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s elderly father, Donald, former United States Ambassador to Hungary (1994-1997), Biden decided to joke about his and Blinken’s advanced age with a humorous reference to Satchel Paige. Elder Blinken turned 96 on Veterans Day.
Biden’s humor stab was flat as a pussy. Here’s how Biden introduced it. Turning to blink, he said:
And I just want to tell you, I know you’re a little younger than me, but, you know, I adopted the attitude of the great nigga – pitcher in the Negro Leagues at the time – became a great pitcher among the pros – in Major League Baseball. after Jackie Robinson. His name was Satchel Paige.
If you’ve seen it mentioned anywhere, it’s to mock Biden referring to Paige as “the big nigga”. On hearing it, I think Biden got it mixed up in the expected word order. He didn’t mean to refer to Paige as “the big nigger”. He meant to refer to him as “the great pitcher of the Negro League” or something like that. Trying to joke about his age, Biden instead illustrated his age-related cognitive impairment. This is my opinion.
Here is Biden’s attempt at humor:
And Satchel Paige, on her 47th birthday, launched a win over Chicago. (Laughs.) And the whole press came in and said, “Satch, that’s great – 47 years old. No one has ever, ever launched a win at 47. How do you feel being 47? “He said,” Guys, that’s not how I see her. “They said,” How do you see her, Satch? “He said,” I see her this way: how old would you be if you didn’t know how many were you years old? ”
I am 50 years old and the ambassador 47.
But jokes aside …
How fun can you get? A weak sense of humor isn’t a crime, but that’s no fun. As Biden would say, no jokes.
The “main maxim” for which Paige is best known goes like this: “Don’t look back. Something could gain on you. “Biden seems to have looked a long way back.
Joe Biden referring to Satchel Paige as “the great nigger of the time” sounds just as awful as you might think. pic.twitter.com/sZiO4ICHlJ
– For America (@For America) November 11, 2021