US President Joe Biden surprised attendees at a White House conference on hunger on Wednesday by asking if Jackie Walorski, a Republican congresswoman who died last August, was among the audience. "Jackie, are you here? Where is Jackie? She was going to be here," says the 79-year-old Democratic leader in his speech.
The Republican, representative from Indiana, died in a car accident and had promoted a bipartisan bill to carry out the conference this Wednesday, in which funds worth about 8,000 million dollars have been promised to end the famine in the United States in 2030.
It so happens that the US president and the first lady, Jill Biden, issued a statement in August expressing their condolences, praising the collaboration established with Walorski and stressing that she was a "unique" representative. Minutes before Biden's slip, in the same act, a video tribute to the aforementioned congresswoman had been projected.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre has tried to divert attention from the president's confusion. "Today's event was important. One about food security and how we're going to take steps to end hunger by 2030, and that's something the president takes very seriously."
In addition, the spokeswoman added that Biden will soon meet with the family of the deceased. "She was very present to her. In two days she will see her family to honor her and her work that she has done for her," she insisted when asked by the press.
This month, in an interview on the program 60 minutes, Biden was asked what he thought of those who doubt that at his age he is no longer fit for office. "Look at me," replied the president, who said he respects people saying that he is older, but insisted that he is fine and that he does not feel old or with physical or mental problems that prevent him from serving as president.