President Joe Biden had one of his most embarrassing moments to date, when he asked for deceased Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) while speaking at a White House event.
The president was reading off a number of remarks about Hunger, Nutrition and Health before he asked if the deceased congresswoman was in attendance.
“I want to thank all of you here, including bipartisan elected officials like Rep. McGovern, Sen. Braun, Sen. Booker, Rep. — Jackie, are you here?” Biden said. “Where’s Jackie? I thought she was going to be here — to help make this a reality.”
Walorski was tragically killed in a car crash last month and Biden even issued a statement at the time saying that her death left he and first lady Jill Biden “shocked and saddened.”
“We may have represented different parties and disagreed on many issues, but she was respected by members of both parties for her work on the House Ways and Means Committee on which she served,” the statement reads. “She also served as co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus, and my team and I appreciated her partnership as we plan for a historic White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health this fall that will be marked by her deep care for the needs of rural America.”
When asked about the bizarre incident where Biden asked for the late congresswoman, White House press secretary failed to even come up with a reasonable lie in defense of the president.
“What happened at the Hunger Event today? [Biden] appeared to look around…for…a member of Congress who passed away last month…What happened there?” ABC reporter Cecilia Vega asked.
Jean-Pierre then said it was no big deal and that she was just “top of mind” for Biden, but surprisingly, the press corps refused to let her escape without providing a real answer.
“He said, ‘Jackie, are you here? Where is Jackie? She must not be here,’” Vega noted.
Jean-Pierre reiterated, “I just–I just explained. She was on top of mind. You know, this was–what we were able to witness…at this event was…her focus on…food insecurity.”
CNN reporter Phil Mattingly pressed further, saying he was attempting to understand why Biden would look around the room for a dead representative.
“I’m trying to get my head around the response. [Walorski] was top of mind for [Biden] & her family was…here and that’s what he was thinking about? Why was he looking for her?” he asked.
Dancing around the obvious fact that Biden had another clear mental slip-up consistent with his obvious signs of dementia, Jean-Pierre responded: “I think people can understand…when someone is at top of mind.”
Not satisfied with Jean-Pierre’s dodge, CBS reporter Steven Portnoy kept probing, and asked if Biden was “confused,” prompting Jean-Pierre to snap as she was clearly frustrated.
“I’m sorry to do this, but I’m compelled to ask…one more time…the question about Congresswoman Walorski,” he began.
“I’m not sure why,” Jean-Pierre snapped. “Why? Why one more time?”
The back and forth carried on, but Jean-Pierre eventually tried to change the subject and move on from this rather concerning display of cognitive decline by the President of the United States.
No one can defend this dementia potato. Not even members of his own administration.