First Lady Jill Biden’s staff had to issue an apology on behalf of Joe Biden’s wife.
“The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community,” wrote Press Secretary to the First Lady Michael LaRosa.
Jill butchered the pronunciation of “bodega” while saying that the Hispanic community is “as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio”.
She said: “Raul helped build this organization with the understanding that the diversity of this community – as distinct as the bogidas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio – is your strength,” she said, referring to Raul Yzaguirre, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Thursday.
One would think that “Dr.” Jill Biden, who works as a professor in a college English department, would have verified how to pronounce and what the meaning of the word “bodega,” was before taking the podium.
To many, this further demonstrates her ignorance of Latino culture.
The First Lady’s comments quickly made the rounds on social media.
“Once again, Dr. Jill Biden butchers the Spanish language in furtherance of pandering to a client constituency (the org FKA National Council of La Raza),” tweeted Jorge Bonilla, director of the Media Resource Center. “I hereby bless your timelines with Dr. Jill’s rendering of ‘bodega’”
Once again, Dr. Jill Biden butchers the Spanish language in furtherance of pandering to a client constituency (the org FKA National Council of La Raza). I hereby bless your timelines with Dr. Jill's rendering of "bodega". pic.twitter.com/Z4FSXtlUMe
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) July 11, 2022
The first lady’s remarks shocked many in the Latino community, who viewed her remarks as out-of-touch and even racist.
A clip of the First Lady botching the pronunciation of the slogan “Si se puede!” during a speech in 2021, has resurfaced.
It’s “Si se puede” (Yes you/we can) not “Si se pwadueh” 🤦🏻♀️
I can’t even imagine what word she was trying to say. Seriously why even try pandering if you’re going to butcher it and not practice before?! https://t.co/yKluZVSP6w
— Joanna Rodriguez (@joannamrod) April 1, 2021
At this point, I am not sure who is the worst public speaker. Is it Joe Biden, Jill Biden, or Kamala Harris?
Even though the Bidens are both terrible, I think Kamala takes the prize.
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