Last month, congresswoman Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) died in a car accident —a loss which President Biden had previously mourned. But during Wednesday’s White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, Biden seemed to think Walorski was in the crowd.
“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, searching for the late congresswoman. “I think she was going to be here to help make this a reality.”
The White House did its best to walk it back, as ususal.
“The President speaks directly and candidly — straight from the shoulder, as he often says,” White House spokesperson Robyn Patterson told Fox News Digital in a statement, when asked about the president’s long track record of saying things his staffers later corrected.
“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.”
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