During his trip to Ireland with his family members, Joe Biden made several gaffes and had some awkward moments.
Biden, who has previously referred to himself as a “gaffe machine,” continued his streak of making errors during three separate events, causing social media to erupt.
Below are the top three gaffes:
Biden mislabels his office location.
During his speech at Ulster University, Northern Ireland’s regional university, on Wednesday, President Biden stated that his Oval Office was located in the United States Capitol instead of the White House. He corrected his error later in his remarks.
“As you walk into my office in the Oval Office in the United States Capitol — guess what, you know who founded and designed and built the White House? An Irishman. Not a joke,” Biden said.
Biden gives motivational advice
On Thursday, during a state dinner in Ireland, Biden encouraged the audience to “lick the world” in reference to the collaboration between the United States and Ireland.
Biden raises political sensitivities
On Wednesday, during a speech at a pub, Biden confused New Zealand’s rugby team, the All Blacks, as the “Black and Tans,” which was a controversial British security forces unit. This has raised some political sensitivities.
The “Black and Tans” were a British paramilitary force that fought against the Irish Republican Army almost a century ago.
Biden, standing next to star rugby player Rob Kearney, tried to compliment Kearney’s successful career when Ireland’s rugby team defeated the “All Blacks” for the first time in 111 years.
“He’s a hell of a rugby player, and he beat the hell out of the Black and Tans,” Biden gaffed.
Really awkward moments
In addition to his gaffes, Biden’s trip to Ireland also had several unusual moments, such as him repeatedly telling people, “Don’t jump,” and saying he would never return to the United States.
During his trip to Ireland, Joe Biden also discussed climate change with Irish officials, saying the “single existential threat to the world is climate change.”
“We don’t have a lot of time and that’s a fact,” he added.
Biden also renewed claims he had “traveled 17,000 miles with” Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to the Washington Post, “a White House official conceded that Biden’s line of ‘traveling with’ Xi is not accurate.”