Just when it seems like President Joe Biden’s behavior couldn’t get more worrying and embarrassing, he calls upon a deceased Representative.
While on stage at an event on September 28, Biden forgot that Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski was killed in a tragic car accident in August. Biden was at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in Washington D.C. Four lawmakers sponsored legislation last year around the health topic, with Walorski being one of them.
Biden gave Walorski a shoutout and asked, “Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie?”
“I want to thank all of you here, including bipartisan elected officials like … Senator Braun, Senator Booker, Representative … Jackie, Jackie, are you here?” Biden said. “I think she was going to be here to help make this a reality.”
"Jackie are you here? Where's Jackie?"
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) died in a car accident in August pic.twitter.com/cHc3b7zPmE
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) September 28, 2022
Viewers and reporters were left baffled, and the White House did its best to try once again to cover for the president’s slipping mental state.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is known for deflecting questions and upholding the president as competent at every turn.
Jean-Pierre said Biden “was naming the congressional champions on this issue and was acknowledging her incredible work.”
“He had already planned to welcome the congresswoman’s family to the White House on Friday; there will be a bill signing in her honor this coming Friday,” Jean-Pierre said. “So, of course, she was on his mind. She was at top of mind for the president.”
Reporter: "The confusing part is why, if she and the family is top of mind, does the president think that she's living and in the room?"
KJP: "I don't find that confusing."
Reporter: "I have John Lennon top of mind just about every day but I'm not looking around for him." pic.twitter.com/VUrXCmpcgl
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 28, 2022
After the press secretary’s disastrous explanation, another White House spokesperson tried to salvage the incident.
“The President speaks directly and candidly — straight from the shoulder, as he often says,” White House spokesperson Robyn Patterson told Fox News.
“Doing so has been critical to his success in everything from rallying the world to support Ukraine to empowering Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices,” Patterson added. “And when he feels the need to add context to something he said, or to direct his staff to do so – as every President has – he doesn’t hesitate to.”
Like usual, the White House deflects the obvious blunder and goes on a tangent about irrelevant subjects.