The event was staged to honor Chavez on his birthday.
During her remarks, she mispronounced the term ‘Si, se puede!’ – which was popularized in the 1970s when Chavez led the movement to allow farm workers in Arizona to unionize.
It sounded like she was saying: ‘Si, se pwodway!’, prompting much mockery on Twitter.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 31, 2021
‘Cesar Chavez understood that no matter the obstacles, when people come together united in a cause, anything is possible. Yes we can. Si se puede!,’ Biden said.
— GIF Caucus (@GIFcaucus) March 31, 2021
— Jurisprudent (@The_Law_Suit) March 31, 2021
Maybe she’s a fan of the San Diego Pwadrays?
— Michael Seaman (@mjseaman) March 31, 2021
Jorge Bonilla tweeted: ‘What better way to wrap #CesarChavezDay than with Co-President Dr. Jill Biden butchering ‘Sí Se Puede’ while standing in front of Chávez’ black eagle.’
Giancarlo Sopo tweeted: ‘Jill Biden tried #Hispandering and ended up saying ‘Yes, we father!’ (Si se padre) instead of ‘Yes, we can!’ (Si se puede).
‘Not a big deal, but I’m old enough to remember when President Trump’s mispronunciations would consume news cycles.’
Steve Cortes compared the gaffe to an episode of the hit HBO show Veep.
“Si, se pwodway!”
An episode of Veep…pic.twitter.com/HDOAHTmCFV
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) March 31, 2021
Hugo Dante tweeted: ‘You have to be kidding me, LMAOOOOOOO.’
Dante added: ‘To be clear, this is Jill Biden saying ‘see se pwadre’ which took me a hot minute to figure was intended to be ‘si se puede’ lmfao.’
Dania Alexandrino tweeted: ‘Si se what???? I’m sure some one will surely tell Jill Biden ‘puadray’ is NOT a word in the Spanish dictionary.
— Evelyn Ginossi (@EvelynGinossi) March 31, 2021
On the bright side, a Biden got more than eight people to show up to a speech (it looked like more than eight people, I didn’t count).
— Kelley (@Pensakelley) March 31, 2021
Why is she standing in front of a Nazi flag?
— Tutora Time with Nicholas Tutora (@Tutora2020) March 31, 2021