New gaffe for Joe Biden. The president of the United States, while announcing the partnership with Great Britain and Australia on security, accused a lapse of memory. In fact, Biden first addressed the British premier Boris Johnson to thank him for this new phase: “Thank you, Boris”. Then looking at the television screen he was connecting to Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, has made a serious slip.
After hesitating, the American president said: “And I want to thank that guy over there. Thank you so much my friend“. An unpleasant exit that did not go unnoticed. Even if immediately after Biden tried to go further:” I am honored today to be joined by two of the closest allies, Australia and the United Kingdom – he continued – to start a new phase of trilateral cooperation for security between our countries “.
And again, this time remembering the name of the Australian Prime Minister: “As Prime Minister Morrison and Prime Minister Johnson said, I want to thank you for this partnership.” The damage, however, is good that done. Just a few weeks ago the president of the United States had been immortalized while he was checking his watch during the tribute to the 13 US soldiers who died in Afghanistan. A fall in style that very few seem to have forgiven.