Kicker – Jo Baiden’s claim to fame


NICK EICHER, HOST: The mayor of a town in Japan was shocked recently to learn that his name was trending on social media because of the U.S. presidential election. 

The mayor’s town of Yamato has a population of only about 14,000 people, so he figured it probably wasn’t coming up in any foreign policy debates. 

So it didn’t make a lot of sense. That was until he checked the translation of his name against that of the Democratic presidential nominee. 

In English, the Yamato mayor’s name is Jo Baiden.

BIDEN: C’mon!

Seriously, that’s not malarkey!

And the mayor is going to play this for all it’s worth.

Here’s old Mayor Joe telling the local newspaper he’s having a little fun with it.

AUDIO: [Baiden in Japanese]

Mayor Jo Baiden plans to use his newfound internet fame to build awareness of his charming coastal town.

He just needs to master one simple English language Bidenism…

BIDEN: C’mon, folks.

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(Photo/Yamato Government)

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