On Monday, President Biden made another one of his gaffes by frequently confusing Democrat Connecticut Congresswoman Jahana Hayes’ name and calling her “Jonah” during his Teacher of the Year speech.
During his opening remarks for the National and State Teacher of the Year Celebration, Biden frequently gave the female congresswoman a male name. Biden throughout the speech appeared to be aware of Haye’s gender, clearly referring to her as “her” during the speech.
In his speech he began by thanking all the Congress members who were present at the event, “including two outstanding educating congresswomen: Jonah,” he continued by saying, “And by the way, Jonah Hayes is — Jonah, where are you? There you are, Jonah, right in front of me!”
He then called for “Jonah” to stand up, as she was the “2016 national teacher of the year.” Hayes was first elected to the House in 2018.
During the event, Biden also acknowledged Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., who is also a former educator currently working in Congress. This latest gaffe from Biden comes right at the time when he is preparing to launch his reelection campaign for 2024. This is not the first gaffe that Biden has made.
In early February he famously said during a speech at the White House that “more than half the women” in his administration were “women.” This statement was made during an event celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Biden asks Congresswoman Jahana Hayes to stand:
"Jonah, where are you? There you are, Jonah, right in front of me! Stand up, Jonah!" pic.twitter.com/sY6y6e3WzX
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 24, 2023