The President of the United States, Joe Biden, surprised participants at a conference on hunger at the White House this Wednesday (28) by asking if in the audience was Jackie Walorski, a Republican congresswoman who died in 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 this Wednesday’s conference, in which funds worth about $8 billion were committed to end hunger in the US by 2030.
The website of public radio station NPR recalled on Wednesday that the president and the first lady, Jill Biden, issued a statement in August expressing their condolences, praising the collaboration established with Walorski and noting that was a “sole” representative.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre tried to deflect attention from the president’s misunderstanding.
)“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 dayswill see her family to honor her and the work she has done”, declared the spokeswoman when questioned by the press.
This month, in an interview with the program 60 minutes, Biden was asked what he thought of those who claim that, at his age, he is no longer fit for the job.
“Look at me,” replied the president, who said he respects people who say he is older, but insisted that he is fine and that he does not feel old or that he has physical or mental problems that prevent him from exercising the presidency.