White House ALTERS Biden transcript to clean up gaffe implying African American and Hispanic workers don't have 'high school diplomas'
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The gaffe-prone president was speaking about the economy on Thursday at Prince George's Community College in Largo.
Biden said he was proud of making big corporations pay their fair share of tax, and touted his success in creating 13 million jobs.
But during his speech he also made a major slip-up and implied that minorities and veterans were uneducated.
'We've seen record lows in unemployment particularly — and I've focused on this my whole career — particularly for African Americans and Hispanic workers and veterans, you know, the workers without high school diplomas,' he said.
The White House, which publishes official transcripts of his speeches, including the 'umms' and 'ahhs', later corrected his words, in an unusual move.
In the transcript, he is quoted as saying unemployment has been reduced 'particularly for African Americans and Hispanic workers and veterans, you know, and the workers without high-school diplomas.'
The president is well known for his slip-ups, exaggerations and embellishments of stories.
'Some have said yesterday and today all has changed for America,' the then-senator from Delaware said from the floor of the Senate, the day after the attacks.
'I pray that is not true. I pray that is not true...The one thing we can not allow to change are the values upon which this country is built.
'For if that were to occur, then they would be able to declare victory, genuine victory.'
Biden also embellished on Monday his recollections of the fateful day, claiming he saw a 'fireball' at the Pentagon on 9/11, when in his book he describes it as 'a brown haze of smoke.'
'The plume of fire that shot up in the sky in Pentagon - I remember seeing as I got off the Amtrak train on my way to work in the United States Senate ,' he said.
Yet in his autobiography, he wrote that the scene was significantly less dramatic: 'I could see a brown haze of smoke hanging in the otherwise crystal-clear sky beyond the Capitol dome.'
Biden, who at the time was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was photographed on 9/11 speaking to reporters in front of the Capitol.
In his 2007 book Promises to Keep, Biden wrote he was in Washington, DC, the day after the attack: 'I headed back to the Capitol the next morning,' he noted.
A Gannett News Wire report from September 12, 2001, cited by The New York Post, backed up the version in his biography, beginning: ' Delaware Sen. Joe Biden spent Wednesday exactly where he wanted — in the U.S. Senate.'
Archived CSPAN footage also showed Biden speaking from the Senate floor on September 12, 2001, as he and 99 other Senators denounced the cowardly attacks.
The president, who joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at age 32, and became its chair in 2001, has frequently spoken about his 'arrest' by the South African police.
On February 11, 2020, Biden told a South Carolina audience that he had been arrested in the African nation.
'This day, 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid,' he told the crowd.
'I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our U.N. ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on Robben Island.'
Biden did not specify the year, but was in South Africa in 1977.