Vice-President Joe Biden joked with a former basketball star Tuesday night that he’s living proof white men can jump.
Biden, 71, was addressing a reception marking African-American History Month when he pointed out Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who was a one-time All-Star with the National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Suns.
“I told the president, ‘Next game, I have him,’” Biden said, picking sides before the next time they even set foot on a basketball court. ”Just remember, I may be a white boy, but I can jump,” he continued, qualifying his athleticism.
If there’s any need for inspiration, Woody Harrelson’s character in the 1992 basketball movie “White Men Can’t Jump” disproved the title when he dunked the ball in the film’s climactic scene. Harrelson tried to rekindle that ability 20 years later on the set of “Friends with Benefits,” when he dunked on a basketball hoop much shorter than regulation size.
Biden spoke about more serious subjects at the gathering, reiterating his disappointment with the Supreme Court over its 2013 decision on the Voting Rights Act and ripping into states that have pursued “Voter ID” laws.
“These guys never go away. Hatred never, never goes away,” Biden said, per a pool report. “The zealotry of those who wish to limit the franchise cannot be smothered by reason.”