- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden referred to Asia as “the Orient,” just hours after he was forced to apologize for using what some consider an anti-Semitic slur.

Speaking Wednesday during an event in Iowa, Mr. Biden recalled a meeting he had with Singapore’s former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Mr. Biden described Lee as “the wisest man in the Orient” — a term that is considered widely outdated and offensive to Asians, Mediaite reported.

The vice president had issued a statement hours earlier apologizing for using the term “Shylocks” to describe unscrupulous bankers.

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