Biden gaffe janitors say it’s ‘clear’ president meant to say something he didn’t actually say

White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre and NSC Senior Director For Europe Amanda Sloat were given the unfortunate task of cleaning up after President Joe Biden once again, attending to his verbal blunders like the Tasmanian Devils of spin.

Today’s assignment is tamping down the uproar caused when the president confused a rugby team, the New Zealand All Blacks, with the “Black and Tan” British occupying force of Ireland.

“This was given to me by one of these guys, right here,” Biden said Wednesday, mentioning the tie he was wearing. “He was a hell of a rugby player. He beat the hell out of the Black and Tans.” While this seems like a standard mistake anyone could make if they aren’t overly familiar with the sport of rugby or the history of Ireland, Biden has repeatedly touted his Irish roots.

The unfortunate remark generated some buzz in Europe and was so egregious that it was even covered up on the official White House transcript of the speech, replacing it with the intended “All Blacks.”

During a briefing, Jean-Pierre and Sloat were asked for clarification on the comment.

“And then, on the comment about Black and Tan — the rugby comments that have gotten some attention in Europe — was he aware that he misspoke there when he was —” the reporter asked, before getting cut off by Sloat, who was eager to convince everyone in attendance that it’s “clear” Biden didn’t mean what he said. Or he meant what he didn’t say.

Or something.

“I think for everyone in Ireland who is a rugby fan, it was incredibly clear that the President was talking about the All Blacks and Ireland’s defeat of the New Zealand team in 2016,” Sloat said.

“Did he realize that right after he said it, do you know?” the reporter followed up.

“You know, I think it was — it was clear what the President was referring to. It was certainly clear to his cousin sitting next to him who had played in that match,” Sloat responded.

Perhaps for Christmas, Santa will bring us a Biden-to-English dictionary full of things he actually means, since he can’t be relied on to say it right the first time.


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