Winsome goof Joe Biden, giving a commencement address at the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania on May 13, delivered a few China barbs that probably shouldn’t have come from a US vice president.
“It was a humiliating experience,” Chinese citizen Zhang Tianpu, a graduating Wharton senior, told SCMP. “And how can a graduation speech be this political?”
Some of Biden’s more borderline comments:
“Their problems are immense, and they lack much of what we have… (America has an) open and fair legal (system)…
“You cannot think different in a nation where you cannot breathe free; you cannot think different in a nation where you aren’t able to challenge orthodoxy, because change only comes from challenging orthodoxy.”
About Xi Jinping:
“He’s a strong, bright man, but he has the look of a man who is about to take on a job he’s not at all sure is going to end well. I mean that seriously.”
Oh, you mean that seriously? Really?
Zhang and company have drafted a letter to be delivered to the university president demanding Biden’s apology. As of Wednesday, according to SCMP, it had 343 signees. It reads in part:
Vice President Joe Biden openly demeaned China and Chinese citizens in front of hundreds of Chinese students and their families. As international students from China, we found this part his speech extremely inappropriate and offensive. We demand that he make a public apology to all Chinese students in Penn.