On Monday (Nov. 20), the White House’s annual turkey pardoning ceremony took place, in addition to celebrating the president’s 81st birthday. During the Thanksgiving ceremony, he pardoned two turkeys named Liberty and Bell. Biden attempted to reference Swift’s time in Brazil on her The Eras Tour, but accidentally called her by the name of the “Toxic” singer.
“Just to get here, Liberty and Bell had to beat some tough odds and competition. They had to work hard, to show patience, and be willing to travel over 1,000 miles,” Biden said. “You could say it’s even harder than getting a ticket to the [Beyonce] Renaissance tour or, or Britney’s tour. She’s down, it’s kind of warm in Brazil right now.”
The National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Lykken told reporters that Liberty and Bell were listening to music prior to the ceremony and “can confirm” that they are Swifties. The birds came from a family farm in Willmar, Minn. weighing in at 42 pounds each.
While celebrating his 81st birthday, Biden joked about his age with the media. He stated, “As much of you know, it’s difficult turning 60.” He later added, “This is the 76th anniversary of this event. I want you to know I wasn’t there, and I was too young to make it up.”
Watch the slip up unfold, below.
As for Swift, she performed three concerts in Rio De Janeiro on her The Eras Tour, which Biden referenced. The shows made headlines after more than a thousand people were treated for heat-related illnesses during the outdoor concert in the midst of a heat warning. One fan, 23-year-old Ana Clara Benevides, suffered from a cardiac arrest during “Cruel Summer” and was later pronounced dead. She later postponed her second concert shortly after fans entered the stadium and rescheduled it for Monday (Nov. 20).
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