PRESIDENT Joe Biden said the wrong date for the Capitol riot in a speech in Tulsa on Tuesday that began with him rushing off the stage to "make sure" two little girls got some ice cream.
The president was speaking at the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre in Oklahoma when he made the blunder.
Ahead of his remarks, Biden met with some of the survivors of the June 1921 attack on "Black Wall Street" by a white mob who reportedly killed hundreds and left thousands homeless or placed in internment camps.
He compared the violence to both the Unite the Right rally in Charlotteville in 2017 and January 6, 2021, when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building resulting in the death of five.
"Remember what you saw in Charlotteville four years ago," he told the crowd.
"Neo-nazis, white supremacists, the KKK coming out of the field at night in Virginia with veins bulging as they were screaming.
"Mother Fletcher said when she saw the insurrection on the Capitol on January 9, it broke her heart," he continued, stating the wrong date.
"A mob of violent white extremists, thugs, she said it reminded her of what happened here in Greenwood 100 years ago."
As Biden took to the stage in Tulsa, he made a bizarre detour to speak to two little girls sitting near the front.
The interaction was not picked up on the microphone but when Biden finally returned to the podium, he said it was to make sure that the girls had ice cream.
Biden was seen smiling and holding his hands out to the girls before leaving the stage to walk down toward them.
"I got to make one check," he said as he left the stage.
He chatted to the two girls who were sitting with their mother for a few seconds before jogging back to the stage.
"I just had to make sure the two girls got ice cream when this is over," he said.
"Imagine how excited you would be when you're four, five years old coming to see a president speak.
"My lord, in my faith we call that pergatory," Biden joked.
It came just days after Biden was slammed for "creepy" comments about a young girl's appearance while speaking at a Virginia military base on Friday.
"I love those barrettes in your hair, man," Biden told the girl.
"I tell you what, look at her, she looks like she’s 19 years old, sitting there like a little lady with her legs crossed."
The little girl, who appeared to be no older than an elementary student, was accompanied by her parents and two older brothers on stage.
Biden on Tuesday announced his administration's plans to address the racial wealth gap in the US by targetting black homeownership and business ownership.
He was the first president ever to take part in the Tulsa commemorations which he said was due to previous attempts to silence the story from history.
The president blasted the attack by a white mob on the black Greenwood community in 1921 as "not a riot, but a massacre."
Biden called the Tulsa attack a "stain on the soul of America."
The president said: "We do ourselves no favors pretending it didn't happen.
"We should know the good, the bad, the everything, because that's what great nations do, they come to terms with their dark sides."
The Tulsa Race Massacre began when white people went onto Greenwood Avenue in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 31, 1921, to destroy black-owned homes and shops, and killed dozens of black people.
Many structures of Greenwood were demolished and at least 1,250 black homes were destroyed.
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