At the White House, US President Joe Biden surprised participants at a conference on hunger on Wednesday by asking if the audience included Jackie Walorski, a Republican congresswoman who died last August. .
“Jackie, are you here? Where is Jackie? She would be here,” said the 79-year-old Democratic president.
The Republican, representing the state of Indiana, died in a car accident and had promoted a bipartisan bill to hold today’s conference, in which funds worth about $8 billion were committed. billion) to end hunger in the US by 2030.
The website of public radio station NPR noted on Wednesday that the president and first lady Jill Biden issued a statement in August expressing condolences, praising the collaboration established with Walorski and noting that she was a “only” representative.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre tried to deflect attention from the president’s blunder.
“Today’s event was important. About food security and how we’re going to take steps to eradicate hunger by 2030, and that’s something the president takes very seriously. She was very present. In two days [Biden] will see her family to honor her and honor the work she has done,” said the spokeswoman when questioned by the press.
This month, in an interview with the program 60 MinutesBiden responded to a question about what he thought of those who say that, at his age, he is no longer fit for the job.
“Look at me,” replied the president. He assured that he respects people who say he is older, but said he is fine and does not feel old or have physical or mental problems that prevent him from exercising the presidency.