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Biden mimics Indian call centre workers

Last Updated: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 14:34

New Hampshire: US Vice President Joe Biden has been known in the past to commit to verbal gaffes and for upsetting the Indian American community.

It did so again in New Hampshire on Thursday, when he adopted foreign accent while discussing the departure of call centre jobs overseas.

News sites were quick to label the accent as Indian, as the subcontinent is home to many customer call centres, and Biden had referenced India in his remarks.

Biden was addressing workers of a company that has partnered with a local college in Rochester.

He twice appeared to deploy a foreign accent while discussing the loss of call centre jobs to other countries.

All this took place in a matter of just under 30 seconds, the New York Daily News reports.

A New York magazine, however, opined that Biden might have been imitating the character of a Russian-sounding call centre worker made popular in Discovery Card commercials.


First Published: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 12:46
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