President Joe Biden opened his mouth and inserted his foot yet again in another example of why a majority of Democrats do not want him to run again. (See Video Below)
Biden hosted a reception celebrating Eid-al-Fitr in the East Room when he called a Muslin guest ‘boy.’ At one point during the event, an audience member asked Biden something about a Muslim federal judge when Biden veered off script.
“You wanna come up here and make a speech?” Biden said. “Hush up, boy.” Biden added.
THE PRESIDENT: We also have members of the House of Representatives here. Congresswoman Omar. Where are you, Congresswoman Omar?
REPRESENTATIVE OMAR: Right here.
THE PRESIDENT: There you go. God love you. (Laughter.)
I’m not supposed to — I’ll get in trouble for saying this, but you look beautiful tonight. (Applause.)
And Congresswoman Tlaib. Where’s — where’s the congresswoman? There you are. Okay. So do you!
And Congressman Carson. (Applause.) There you are. I don’t know, man, what to say. (Laughs.)
AUDIENCE MEMBER: He’s — he’s our dean!
THE PRESIDENT: He’s your dean? I know he’s a dean. Are you kidding me? I just didn’t want to comment on his looks; I’d get in trouble. (Laughter.)
And, by the way, there are more Muslims — Muslim Americans serving in Congress today than ever in American history. (Applause.)
And it’s great for democracy. It’s great for democracy when Congress looks like America.
I want everyone — of all the elected officials here who serve in city, county, state governments across the nation, I want to compliment you. Some of you are the first Muslims ever to hold the seats you have. (Applause.) Thank you. And I’m so proud to see this during my time as President of the United States.
Finally, I want to recognize all the members of my administration here today. Thank you for being on the team.
Muslim Americans in my administration are working on everything from making sure our veterans get quality healthcare, to meeting the climate crisis, to representing Americans overseas as members of our diplomatic corps.
You know, I’ve appointed Muslim Americans to positions all across the government, including reinstating the Muslim Liaison position in the Office of Public Engagement here in the White House. (Applause.)
To everyone who serves in my administration, working hard every day to help the American people on behalf of them: Thank you, thank you, thank you.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: We also have the first federal judge –Muslim federal judge. The only one.
THE PRESIDENT: Hey, judge, how are you? (Laughter.)
I don’t know why you wanted the job, man. (Laughter.) I appoint all those federal judges, but, you know, thank you for serving. I’m not kidding.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible.)
THE PRESIDENT: You want to come and make a speech? (Laughter.) Hush up, boy. (Laughter.) As my mother would say.
Look, folks, I hope — (laughs) — you had a blessed Ramadan.
Fasting from dawn to dusk is not easy. No food. No water. Sleep-deprived from late-night prayers, waking up early before dawn. It’s a period of testing and sacrifice that brings you closer to others who suffer and strengthens those — your resolve to help build a better world. It demands patience and determination.
In that way, it’s not so different than we Catholics have Lent. We do it for 40 days, but not nearly as hard your time. (Laughter.) It’s a little longer than Ramadan, but we get to eat and drink — (laughter) — during the day, which makes a big difference to say the least.
In the end, Ramadan brings you closer to God and to each other, because Ramadan is something you experience together. That’s the important piece of it. You support each other through their daily fasts. You show generosity by giving alms to hungry people. You gather with friends and family and for iftars each night.
And then, at the end of the month, you celebrate Eid with new clothes — (laughter) — brightly decorated homes, delicious sweets, which I’m waiting for. (Laughter.)
All told, Ramadan is a time to slow down, reconnect, and remember what matters most.
And even after Ramadan is over, you carry those lessons for the rest of the year.
At this point, we look ahead to the work that remains. We remember Muslim communities around the world that are enduring conflict, poverty, hunger, disease, and those that are
displaced from their homes.
And we recommit to the tireless work of building peace and standing up for the rights and dignity of all people. All people.
And we’re determined to confront all forms of hate, including Islamophobia, which is important to me. (Applause.) This is a priority for my administration, which is why I established an interagency task force to address attacks on Muslims and anti-Muslim bias and discrimination.
And this was a focus of United — the “United We Stand” summit we convened last September.
Standing up against anti-Muslim hate is essential to who we are as a country founded on freedom and justice for all.
Let me close with this. Muslims have been part of the United States from the very start. Muslims fought along the patriots during the War for Independence.
One of the first countries to recognize the United States as an independent nation was a Muslim country, Morocco. (Applause.)
Today, there are 3.5 million of you in the United States. You come from different ethnicities, races, speak different languages, but you’re united all as Americans.
You know, the Quran teaches that, “One of His [highest] signs is the creation of the heavens and earth and the diversity of our languages and colors.” Well, I believe that to be true.
That same idea echoed in the motto of our nation, “E Pluribus Unum.” Out of many, one.
That’s who we are as Americans. We’re the most unique country in the world. We’re the only country based on not ethnicity, not on race, religion, but based on an idea. An idea that’s confident, that’s shared by all major faiths. And that is that we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.
You know, just ask someone who’s here with us today, Khizr Khan. Mr. Khan, it’s so good to see you, man. It really is. (Applause.)
He studied the Cons- — the U.S. Constitution as a law student in Pakistan; immigrated to America with his wife and their young family, fully believing in the promise of this nation.
They watched their middle son enlist in the United States Army, who, like mine, ultimately sacrificed himself to save, in this case — in his case — his fellow soldiers.
In late November of 2016, at a time when the oldest and darkest forces of hate had emerged in new ways, I invited Mr. and Mrs. Khan to the Vice President’s Residence in the Naval Observatory for a Diwali reception. Okay?
An Irish Catholic Vice President, a Muslim Gold Star family in a reception observing Hindu holidays. (Laughter.) But that’s what America — that’s the America we both know.
Last summer, right here in this room, I presented Mr. Khan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And he deserved it. (Applause.) That medal rests next to his son’s Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
And Mr. Khan still carries a copy of the Constitution in his pocket as a reminder of the charge to keep.
Folks, thank you — all of you — for your contributions to our nation, for your patriotism, for your community spirit, for your commitment to the shared values that make us great.
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