U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday made a very strange comment since being sworn in as president of the United States when he told an Indian-American aerospace engineer that immigrants from the subcontinent are taking over the US.
“It’s amazing. Indian-descent Americans are taking over the country — you, my vice president, my speechwriter,” Biden told Swati Mohan, who’s NASA’s guidance and controls operations lead for the Mars Perseverance rover landing.
President Biden made the statement at levity before finally telling the NASA group that diversity in the US has allowed for the betterment of “every single solitary culture.”
“One of the reasons why we’re such an incredible country is we’re such a diverse country. We bring the best out of every single solitary culture in the world, here in the United States of America, and we give people an opportunity to let their dreams run forward,” The president said.
Biden wrapped up his webcast remarks by describing himself as “like a poor relative… when I’m invited, I show up. So be careful. You know the poor relatives, they show up. They stay longer than they’re supposed to. I’m one of those kind of guys.”
During his campaign in 2020, Biden struggled with controversial remarks about ethnic minorities. Meanwhile, in May, Biden told voters they “ain’t black” if they supported a candidate other than him, and he also said in August last year that Blacks are less diverse thinkers than Hispanics.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio funnily said on Thursday that the 46th U.S president should “seek training on unconscious bias” after Biden used the word “Neanderthal” on Wednesday to slam Republican Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Tate Reeves of Mississippi, who ended COVID-19 mask mandates.
Speaking about Indian-Americans in top position in the U.S., Vice President Kamala Harris’ mother was born in Chennai, India, and she’s the first non-white vice president since American Indian Charles Curtis, who held the office from 1929 to 1933.