Biden honors and values Indians by adopting the US comment
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that President Biden was no offense when he said last week that Indian Americans are “taking over the country” and that he actually “honors and values” their contributions.
Psaki was asked at her daily press conference by journalist Lalit Jha of the Press Trust of India if she could “clarify” Biden’s remark after criticism.
“The president just recognized, honored and valued – or that was his intention – the incredible contribution of Indian Americans to science and spoke to an Indian-American woman who is, of course, a scientist and an important part of the NASA team. And of course he also recognized the incredible contribution made by his own vice president, ”said Psaki.
“And he just believes – that was a reflection of his belief that Indian Americans make a huge contribution to the fabric of society, be it science or education or government. And that’s what he wanted to convey.”
Biden raised his eyebrows during a webcast with Swati Mohan, NASA’s director of command and control operations for the Mars Perseverance rover landing.
“It’s wonderful. Indian Americans are taking over the country – you, my Vice President, my speechwriter,” said Biden.
Biden has previously voiced criticism of unpleasant statements made about racial minorities, including comments on Indian Americans.
Speaking to a Senator in 2006, he said, “In Delaware, Indian Americans moving out of India are the fastest growing population. You can’t go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I am not joking.”
Vice President Kamala Harris’ mother was born in Chennai, India. Her father was born in Jamaica.