In a lighthearted pre-Thanksgiving ceremony where Joe Biden pardoned turkeys Liberty and Bell at the White House on Monday, the president appeared to (gasp!) confuse Taylor Swift with Britney Spears.
In a nod to the more than 1,000-mile journey the two turkeys endured to arrive at the White House, Biden attempted a joke, previously saying, “You could say it’s harder than a ticket for them.” to get a Renaissance tour or…”. falls silent and seems to have trouble remembering Swift’s name and her Eras tour.
“Or Britney’s tour,” he finally stated. “She’s down – it’s pretty warm in Brazil at the moment.”
Swift performed in Brazil on Sunday night after postponing her Saturday concert due to the death of 23-year-old fan Ana Clara Benevides, who suffered cardiac arrest in sweltering heat at Nilton Santos Stadium on Friday.
The White House did not respond NBC News‘ Request for comment on the faux pas that occurred on the president’s 81st birthday. In the same speech, Biden mocked his own age, declaring, “As many of you know, turning 60 is difficult.”
He later said: “This is the 76th anniversary of this event. I want you to know that I wasn’t there and I was too young to make this up.”
Biden also tried to lighten the mood with turkey jokes, saying, “These birds have a new appreciation for the word ‘Let freedom ring.’
This comes as NBC News poll finds Biden trailing Donald Trump among voters ages 18 to 34.
According to the White HousePardoning turkeys began with President Harry S. Truman, but there are rumors that President Abraham Lincoln was actually the first to grant clemency due to the requests of his son Tad.