This weekend, social media attacked President Joe Biden after he seemed to forget rapper LL Cool J’s name and referred to him as “boy”, while delivering a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus. The president, however, quickly corrected himself, allegedly mixing up LL’s real name– James Todd Smith.

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LL Cool J and MC Lyte were on deck to receive the Phoenix Award at the annual awards dinner in Washington D.C. during the CBC’s 52nd Annual Legislative Conference. They were recognized for their musical contributions.

“Two of the great artists of our time representing the groundbreaking legacy of hip hop in America, LL Jay Cool J, uhhh…” Joe said, as the crowd laughed at his gaffe.


“By the way that boy — that man’s got biceps bigger than my thighs,” he added. After the blunder, Joe acknowledged MC Lyte, drawing a round of applause from the audience.

Following the blunder, the president was trending on X after the video of the incident went viral. “Thank you for this moment @JoeBiden it’s going to be a great song,” one user joked in the comment section of the video, shared by RNC Research. “Old habits die hard “Boy” Not a joke,” one said. “Ohhh god make it stop PLLLEASE . he’s making a total mockery of this country,” said one user, while another wrote, “Boy? Cringe…”.

“MAKE IT STOP,” one user said, while another asked, “Was LL insulted? Why no response from him?” “Joey loves that word ‘boy’. Wonder where he picked that up?” said one user. Another wrote, “Oooohhhh wowwwwww HE DONE REALY MESSED UP WITH THIS ONE”. “Embarrassing……Priceless,” said one user.

“Everyone under 60 is a boy to him. I still call my youngest son a boy- he’s 30,” one user said. Another user wrote, “I’m thinking he’s confused again”. “The way the crowd groaned. @POTUS was oblivious. Pure cringe,” one user wrote.


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