Vice President Joe Biden, who visited Connecticut Wednesday to speak at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement, had warm words of praise for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, even though he appeared to confuse him with Maryland’s Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Biden’s comments came as he spoke about the devastating tornado in Oklahoma. “No one knows better than my friend, your governor, how in times of tragedy…the good wishes and help of the rest of the nation matter,” the vice president said. “The governor knows what it’s like to go through such a travail.”
“Governor, I want to say again to you publicly, the way you handled the tragedy at Sandy Hook…has been remarkable,” Biden said. He said Malloy’s “stamina” and “compassion” were a source of strength for Connecticut and the world.
Moments later, Biden acknowledged the dignitaries sitting on the platform with him: Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz, superintendent of the academy, New London Mayor Daryl Finizio and “Gov. O’Malley.”
It isn’t the first time a visiting dignitary messed up the name of Connecticut’s governor. In 2005, then-President George W. Bush called former Gov. M. Jodi Rell “Judy Kell.”