Biden calls Satchel Paige ‘the big negro’ in the latest gaffe

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President Biden referred to the late baseball player Satchel Paige as “the great Negro” before correcting himself during his Veterans Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday.

Biden honored former US Ambassador to Hungary Donald Blinken, an army veteran and father of Foreign Minister Antony Blinken, during his speech when he launched a story about Paige playing in the so-called “Negro leagues” before moving to Major League Baseball at the end of the 1940s.

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“I assumed the attitude of the great Negro at the time, pitcher from the Negro leagues, who went on to become a great pitcher in the pros – in Major League Baseball – after Jackie Robinson. His name was Satchel Paige,” Biden recalled.

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President Biden pays tribute before placing a wreath during a centenary ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 2021 in Arlington, Va.  (Photo by Alex Brandon-Pool / Getty Images)

President Biden pays tribute before placing a wreath during a centenary ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 2021 in Arlington, Va. (Photo by Alex Brandon-Pool / Getty Images)

“And Satchel Paige on his 47th birthday struck a victory against Chicago,” Biden continued. “And the whole press went in and said, ‘Satch is amazing. Forty-seven years old. No one has ever, ever pitched a victory at the age of 47. How do you feel about being 47?’ He said, ‘Boys, I do not see it that way.’ And they said, ‘How do you look at it, Satch? And he said, ‘I look at it this way: How old would you be if you did not know how old you were?’

Biden, 78, went on to joke that he is only 50 years old and that the 95-year-old elder Blinken is 47.

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