(FeaturedNews.com) – On Wednesday, President Joe Biden made a mistake while referring to New Zealand’s national union rugby team, the All Blacks, by calling them the Black and Tans during a tribute to his cousin, former Irish rugby union player Rob Kearney.
Biden and Kearney are fifth cousins, related through their Finnegan and Kearney ancestors.
In his tribute, Biden congratulated Kearny for his recent victory against “the Black and Tans,” a team that does not in fact exist. This gaffe occurred during an event at the Windsor Bar in Dundalk, Ireland. During the speech, Biden had said that he was wearing a tie that had been gifted to him by Kearney, and that was a “hell of a rugby player who beat the hell out of the Black and Tans.”
Irish observers were quick to point out that the president was most likely referring to New Zealand’s national union rugby team, the All Blacks, which had lost to Kearney’s team in 2016 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
Rob Crilly, the Daily Mail’s senior U.S. politics reporter, argued that Biden most likely got confused between the team that Kearney had beaten in New Zealand and the Black and Tans, which was the name given to British recruits who had joined the RIC, a police force, during the Irish War of Independence.
Irish sports site, Balls.ie, also pointed out that the confusion probably occurred because of this, while Sky News Ireland correspondent Stephen Murphy also commented on this most recent mistake made by the President.
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