President Biden called the late baseball player Satchel Paige a “the great negro” before correcting himself Thursday during his Veterans Day address at Arlington National Cemetery.
During his speech, Biden paid tribute to former US ambassador to Hungary Donald Blinken, a military veteran and father of Foreign Secretary Antony Blinken, when he told a story about Paige who previously played in the so-called “Negro leagues” before moving to Major League Baseball in the late 1940s.
“I’ve adopted the attitude of the great negro at the time, pitcher of the Negro leagues, who went on to become a great pitcher in the pros — in Major League Baseball — after Jackie Robinson. His name was Satchel Paige,” Biden said.
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Biden tells a story about “the great negro at the time” Satchel Paige. pic.twitter.com/VcyfHQkCEm
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