Biden’s Forgets Name Of MLK Jr.’s Daughter-In-Law While Singing Happy Birthday

US President Joe Biden (R) listens to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speak in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 13, 2023. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • President Biden forgot the name of Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter-in-law Monday while singing “Happy Birthday” on the federal holiday honoring the late civil rights icon.
  • The mortifying moment meant to honor 49-year-old Arndrea Waters King came as the 80-year-old president spoke at an event organized by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and co-chaired by Martin Luther King III, 65, and his wife.
  • Biden’s eyes appeared to search out the woman’s name on his teleprompters midway through the tune in front of hundreds of guests at Washington’s historic Mayflower Hotel. “Happy birthday, dear Valz-dvit,” Biden ultimately uttered.

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