The presidential candidate of the Democrats, Joe Biden, confused Guyana in South America with West African nation of Ghana at a campaign event.
At a radio town hall event, the 76-year-old confused the two countries as he kept referring to Guyana as Ghana in an answer to a questioner.
“Growing up as a child in Guyana, my grandfather used to tell us stories that God made the United States. He told us about the wonders and freedoms in this country. I live my life striving to be an American citizen and I’m proud to have achieved that goal,” the questioner Terrance Geenarain, asked. “As president what will you do so that future grandfathers share the stories of our great nation?”
“I have been to Ghana, I’ve been all through Africa and one of the things everybody has to remember is that we are — we have led the world not just by the example of power, but the power of our example,” Biden began.
“We have been that shining city on a hill for real,” he continued. “Every generation that’s come here, whether it was my great, great grandfather Owen Finnegan getting on a coffin ship in the Irish Sea in 1849, or you coming from Ghana, everybody who’s come had to have courage. It took real courage to decide I’m going to change everything that I know, and leave everything that is comfortable to me, and what I’m going to, is I’m going to take a risk.”
Biden has since apologised for the gaffe.
“I did speak to him after the television event and he did apologise for the mix-up. But regardless my question was not specific to Guyana but was related to all immigrants,” Stabroek News quoted the questioner Geenarain to have said.