Joe Biden doesn’t know how to pronounce the name of the UK’s new Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak. He makes a complete mess of it in this video. He’s making a speech and what annoys me is that Biden is being disrespectful of the UK and the new Prime Minister, and his audience are also being disrespectful because they take the whole thing is a joke. He has been watching too many Star Wars films as he pronounces it ‘Rasheed Sunook’ as if describing a Star Wars alien. The arrogance annoys me too. A toxic combination of ignorance and arrogance. Unpleasant and irritating to me. A bit of research beforehand would have clarified the name. He did not bother to do it.
This is how you pronounce his name:
They are unaware of the fact that he has totally mispronounced Rishi Sunak’s name. It isn’t just the current President of the United States who didn’t prepare well enough before delivering a speech to make sure that he can pronounce the name properly. I’ve heard other American officials mispronounced it too; stumbling over it. Horrible.
And I presume the “go figure” reference in the speech is to the fact that the Conservative party is meant to be right-wing, and they’ve appointed a British Asian to be Prime Minister; implying endemic racism. The Americans don’t seem to understand how that happened which is why Biden is saying “go figure”. It has bemused him, and his audience is whooping and hollering at his joke.
I don’t think it is respectful to make a joke about the appointment of a British Asian as Prime Minister of the UK. It’s a great thing. It shows how ethnically diverse the UK is. It shows how tolerant and affable UK citizens can be.
It shows to the world how democracy works. There has been a great mess recently with the appointment of Liz Truss as Prime Minister because she totally screwed up.
But the good thing is that the democratic machinery of the UK got rid of her quickly. She is the shortest serving Prime Minister in history. Democracy simply spat her out. This should be praised.
The world has been laughing at the political chaos in the UK, but this is a result of democracy too. You get great stability with autocracy and dictators because nothing changes. They ensure that they can stay in power for their entire lives e.g., Putin in Russia and President Xi Jinping in China.
But what’s better? The messy and less than perfect process of democracy or totalitarianism, restricting and suppressing freedoms? Winston Churchill once said that: “democracy is the worst form of government – except for all the others that have been tried”. Correct.
I think President Biden has just been himself again which is a bumbling old doddery elder statesman who is losing his marbles. If you want to make a joke about politicians and be disrespectful, I think it is much easier to do it when talking about President Biden. “Go figure” why the hell is the President. There must be thousands of better candidates in the US for the presidency.
P.S. I know that it is not about cats but sometimes things irritate me enough to go off-piste. I have to get this off my chest. Biden can be so damn stupid sometimes.
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