Vice President Joe Biden just can't catch a break this week, coming under fire on Wednesday for calling an Asian politician 'the wisest man in the Orient' just hours after apologizing for using an anti-Semitic slur in a speech the previous day.
Biden was speaking at the kickoff of the Nuns on the bus tour in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday when he made his second racially insensitive comment of the week.
While telling a story about Singapore's first prime minister, Biden said, 'You know on the way back from Mumbai ... I stopped in Singapore to meet with a guy named Lee Kuan Yew who most foreign policy experts around the world say is the wisest man in the Orient.'
The terms 'orient' and 'oriental' are generally appropriate for describing inanimate objects but not people.