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stupid Joe Biden’s Irish gaffe on St Patrick’s Day creates storm of social media indignation

The President, who has Irish ancestry as his great-great-grandfather is from Co Mayo, gave the speech to promote the relationship enjoyed between the USA and Ireland

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US President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden

Joe Biden’s Irish gaffe on St Patrick’s Day has raised howls of indignation across social media with many slamming the President for his ill-thought out comments. 

Mr Biden remarked: “I may be Irish, but I’m not stupid” as the opening quip in his address at the Annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon in Washington.

The President, who has Irish ancestry as his great-great-grandfather is from Co Mayo, gave the speech to promote the relationship enjoyed between the USA and Ireland.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Biden had said: “Father, before I begin, bless me, Father, for I’m about to sin.

“I, well, I just want you to know, I may be Irish, but I’m not stupid. I married Dominic Giacoppa’s daughter.”

However, the remark did not go down well with some Irish Americans who were furious with Biden's apparent joke.

One of the Twitter users, SkyFlower, wrote: “Did he just call the people of Ireland stupid?”

Another user, Broncos_Jim, tweeted: “So he's implying that most Irish are stupid?”

One responded: “There goes the Irish vote. Imagine the reaction if Trump had called the Irish stupid? The guy’s an embarrassment.”

Mr Biden went on to say: “I’m the proud son of Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden.

“And like so many Americans of Irish heritage, I love Ireland and I was raised in a circumstance where you would have thought my whole family, none of, they came in 1844 and 1845, but you’d think they’d all lived in Ireland the last 60 years — the previous 60 years.

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“And, but that’s kind of how I was raised, like so many Americans of Irish heritage, like other people of other heritage as well.

“But, you know, the faith we share with one another and the resilience that we’ve all gone through, both in America and in Ireland, you know, are ones that we’ve been knocked down sometimes. Just knocked flat on our back.

And my mom’s expression, for real, was, ‘Joey, get up. Just get up. Get up.’

“It’s a simple proposition. It was sort of the Irish of it. You just get up, no matter what. Dust yourself off and move.

“We’re not the only culture that has that view, but it was imbued in my family.”

Although Taoiseach Micheál Martin was unable to attend the event after contracting Covid-19, the President did speak to him remotely.

“Talking to the Taoiseach today, the Irish on St Patrick’s Day, the Irish Americans think they’re more Irish than the Irish, and that’s kind of how I was raised, like so many Americans of Irish heritage — like other people of other heritage as well.

“I was imbued in me to be proud of my heritage.

“The pride that was passed down to generations of our family, even though they’ve been here since the mid-1800s.”

However, that didn’t smooth things over for some people.

In response to the speech, one person said: "Inspirational message to Irish-Americans: #HappyStPatricksDay — you buncha STUPIDS."

Another wrote: "Inferring people of Irish heritage are stupid without calling them stupid...Sad example for an American."

"This is Joe Biden calling Irish people stupid. Please, just make it stop. There’s only so much embarrassment the United States can take. As to those of us who are of Irish descent, we want nothing to do with this jerk," another fumed.

"Joe Biden speaking yesterday at a St Patrick’s Day luncheon -“I may be Irish, but I’m not stupid...Yes you are," stormed another.

"I am Irish. I am clever. I need a badge saying 'I may be Irish, but I'm not stupid - Joe Biden' so I can flash it whenever I make a massive unforced error.”

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