(SNews) – President Joe Biden forgot the name of Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter-in-law Monday while trying to sing“Happy Birthday” to her on the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King.
Biden was trying to honor 49-year-old Arndrea Waters King but botched it. He said: “Martin the Third, we celebrate a legacy of your beloved father and mother. They worked for the beloved community. But congratulations today to the honorees including your wife, who I understand it’s her birthday today.
“Well look, my wife has a rule in her family, when it’s someone’s birthday, you sing ‘Happy Birthday.’ You ready?” Biden said before starting the song. But when it came time to say her name Biden fumbled the ball and blurted out “Happy birthday, dear Valz-dvit” after coming up empty.
The White House released a transcript of Biden’s remarks:
I’ve spoken before parliaments, kings, queens, leaders of the world. I’ve been doing this for a long time, but this is intimidating following. (Laughter and applause.) You all are incredible.
Joe Biden just sang Happy Birthday to MLK III's wife and straight up forgot her name lmfao😂 pic.twitter.com/W2shdTROVl
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 16, 2023