Vice President Joe Biden is known, by many, for his gaffes. Today, the prominent American politician set himself up, once more, to be fodder among those who enjoy poking fun at his verbal slip-ups. While delivering a speech at a jobs event in Rochester, New Hampshire, he used what appeared to be an Indian (or as some allege a Russian) accent to imitate a call-center worker — you know, the individuals you sometimes encounter when you’re on the phone seeking customer service.
Here’s a transcript of Biden’s comments (the portion in italics signifies where he spoke with the accent):
“Even call centers, even call centers rushed over seas, hundreds of thousands. How many times you get the call, ‘I like to talk to you about your credit card?’ Or that ad on TV, what is it? ‘Nancy, this is Nancy, can I talk to a supervisor?’ Right? Ok? Well, it’s a little overdone but the truth of the matter is these jobs now are paying about $19.50 an hour if memory serves me.”
Watch these comments, below:
This is at least his second controversy centered upon Indian accents. Back in 2006, he told an Indian-American supporter, “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.”
Watch this past verbal blip, below:
New York Magazine, though, offers up a different theory — that Biden may have been speaking with a mock Russian accent:
…it’s possible Biden may have actually been showing off his mediocre Russian accent. Just after doing his impression, Biden mentions an ad involving someone named Nancy. There’s a good chance the 69-year-old Biden meant Peggy, as in Discover Card’s “Peggy” ad series.
Here’s one of the “Peggy” ads:
Indian or Russian? You decide.
The vice-president is in Rochester today to promote jobs training partnership programs between community colleges and businesses.
This story has been updated.
(H/T: FOX Nation)