Joe Biden introduced a Japanese-American civil rights activist named Karen Narasaki as ‘Karen Nagasaki’ Tuesday, leaving Americans collectively face palming.
Biden was making the introduction during a ceremony to mark the introduction of a law to establish a commission to study the creation of a National Museum of Asian American and Pacific Islander History and Culture.
Narasaki is a former head of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, appointed to the position in 2014 by Barack Obama.
She has worked extensively as a civil rights activist, notably as president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
Despite reading from a teleprompter, Biden introduced her as ‘Nagasaki’ which is the city in Japan where the second atomic bomb was dropped by the U.S. military at the end of World War Two.
You can’t even make this stuff up.
Biden just called an Asian rights activist “Karen Nagasaki” instead of Narasaki.
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) June 13, 2022
As he signed the bill into law, Biden complained about only being given one pen, where as Obama used to be given up to nine pens: