Biden appears to be looking for dead MP on appearance
Jackie Walorski died in a car accident in August – but the US President apparently turned to her directly. Journalists ask whether Biden made a mistake. The White House is evasive.
US President Joe Biden Apparently he was looking for a recently deceased MP when he appeared in the audience. Is “Jackie… here? Where’s Jackie?” Biden asked at the White House as he thanked supporters of hunger-fighting initiatives.
“I think she didn’t want to be here,” the 79-year-old said, referring to Republican Congressman Jackie Walorski, who died in a car accident in August. White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre later said Biden wanted to commend lawmakers for their “incredible work” on the issue.
In addition, Walorski was very present in his thoughts because he had invited her family to the White House for Friday, said Jean Pierre. Biden will then sign legislation naming a clinic for veterans after Walorski. “Of course she was on his mind because of that,” said Jean-Pierre. When asked repeatedly whether Biden made an embarrassing slip or whether the Walorski family is now entitled to an apology, the spokeswoman said: “My answer will certainly not change.”
The Democrat Biden is known for occasionally making slips of the tongue – especially when he doesn’t stick to prepared speech texts. Some Republicans are using this to question Biden’s mental fitness for the presidency.
Walorski died in August at the age of 58 in a car accident in her home state of Indiana along with two employees. According to the police, a woman on the opposite lane lost control of her vehicle and steered head-on into Walorskis automobile. Everyone involved died.