Danish FM makes ‘President Biden’ gaffe

It’s not terribly often that a Danish official gets press coverage in large US media outlets like the New York Times and MSNBC, but Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen managed to do that during his appearance at the UN General Assembly. Whether it was wanted attention is another matter.

Danish FM makes 'President Biden' gaffe
Kristian Jensen tried to get Joe Biden to share his 2016 plans. Photos: Jens Nørgaard Larsen; Nicholas Kamm/Scanpix
With a slip of the tongue, Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen interjected himself into the 2016 US presidential election by mistakenly addressing Joe Biden as “Mr. President”. 
“Mr. President – Vice President, sorry. Well, could have been! Can be! Who knows? If you have some news to tell us here, please let us know,” Jensen said to laughter. 
Biden has served as the 47th vice president of the United States since 2009 following his own unsuccessful presidential run. He is currently the centre of much speculation over whether he will challenge Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 race. 
Unsurprisingly, Biden did not take up Jensen’s offer to “let us know” and the Danish minister quickly recovered from his gaffe. The incident was reported by a number of high-profile US news outlets. 
The EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, took a slight jab at Jensen when it was her turn to take the microphone by overly stressing the word “vice” when she addressed Biden. 
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