While speaking at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health on Wednesday, President Joe Biden gave a much-deserved shout-out to Rep. Jackie Walorski, an Indiana Republican who served as co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus.
“I want to thank all of you here, including bipartisan elected officials like Rep. McGovern, Sen. Braun, Sen. Booker, Rep. ― Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie?” the president asked in his opening comments. “She must not be here.”
Indeed, Rep. Walorski was not there. The White House even released a statement after her death saying administration officials were “shocked and saddened” by her passing.
Biden’s gaffes have always generated headlines. In 2008, the then-senator tried to give Missouri state Sen. Chuck Graham special recognition during a campaign event.
“Chuck, stand up, let the people see you,” he encouraged the politician before realizing Graham used a wheelchair. Suddenly aware of his mistake, Biden encouraged the crowd to “stand up for Chuck” instead.”