Biden Says He's 'Adopted the Attitude of the Great Negro' Satchel Paige During Veterans Day Address

Nick Kangadis | November 11, 2021
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Folks, some things are just strange. And, it appears one of those things is President Joe Biden - particularly the way he tries to speak.

During his remarks commemorating Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, Biden took time to wish a happy birthday to the father of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Donald Blinken.

In honoring Blinken, Biden told a story of a mantra he "adopted" from baseball Hall of Famer Satchel Paige. It wasn't the story so much that was peculiar, but the way he framed the story.

"I know you're a little younger than I am," Biden began his story, "but, you know, I've adopted the attitude of the great negro at the time - pitcher in the Negro Leagues - went on to become a great pitcher in the pros, into the Major League Baseball after Jackie Robinson. His name was Satchel Paige."

Biden went on to tell the story of how Paige won a game in Chicago at the age of 47, which led to the mantra that Biden claims he "adopted."

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?" Biden said, supposedly quoting Paige.

The elder Blinken, who is a World War II veteran and former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary under former President Bill Clinton, turned 96 years old on Thursday.

For Biden's comments in full context, watch below:

 

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