[Ed. – Hideki Matsuyama, a veteran of the PGA tour and Japan’s first Masters champion, is 29 years old. Maybe it was better to just let Kamala Harris handle the White House greetings. Sending PM Suga off to wander around D.C. by himself (well, with a security detail and some anonymous political appointees in tow) was a nice touch.]
President Biden on Friday awkwardly hailed Masters golf champion Hideki Matsuyama as a “Japanese boy” during a press conference in the Rose Garden with Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Matsuyama, 29, won the Masters Tournament on Sunday at Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club.
“Yoshi, I know how proud you are — the people of Japan are — and you’ve got a Japanese boy coming over here and guess what? He won the Masters. He won the Masters. He won the green jacket,” Biden said in the Rose Garden.
Biden kicked off the Rose Garden event with another awkward remark to Suga, declaring, “The prime minister’s brought the sun out, so we can do about anything.”