“Jackie, are you here?”: Biden’s new slip in which he asks about a deceased congresswoman

US President Joe Biden during a White House conference on food insecurity. / AFP

The president of the United States is looking for Jackie Walorski, a lawmaker who died in a car accident in August, at an event at the White House.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, adds a new slip to his list of verbal errors in public. At 79, he is the oldest president in the country’s history and almost every time he speaks into a microphone his fault-laden remarks go viral. On this occasion, during a White House conference on food insecurity, the Democratic leader asked about a deceased congresswoman.

“Jackie, are you here? Where is Jackie?” Biden asked, as he searched the room for Jackie Walorski, a lawmaker who died in a car accident last month (Biden then offered condolences to her family) and very committed to fighting malnutrition. “I think she was going to be here,” insisted the president, not finding her in the public.

The press was quick to ask about the slip. The White House spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre, limited herself to pointing out that Biden “had very much in mind” Walorski, with whose family he will meet tomorrow, on the occasion of the signing of a law, to pay tribute to his “remarkable » fight against malnutrition. “I feel like a lot of us have been through that particular moment, you know, where you have someone in mind and you call them,” Jean-Pierre added, emphasizing that she didn’t find the situation “troubling.”

“I’m a screw-up machine”

The lapse thus adds to the long list that Biden had. And he already warned himself in 2020. “I am a screw-up machine,” he warned then. He recently gave his compatriots a State of the Union address in which he dedicated a few words to the war in Ukraine. “Putin can surround kyiv with tanks, but he will never win the heart and soul of the Iranian people,” he asserted instead of mentioning the Ukrainian people.

The US president, who has also been caught dozing off at a most inopportune time and place – as was the opening session of the latest climate summit in Scotland – screwed up again in January this year, when He was responding to a question from a Fox News reporter at the White House. Biden forgot that the microphone was connected and he was heard calling him “stupid son of a bitch.” Although he later apologized to the reporter, the incident was picked up by the media and quickly went viral on social media. He previously also referred to his vice president, Kamala Harris, as “President Harris.”

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