Things got testy with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre when she was put on the spot over her boss’s latest mental misfire, speaking to a Republican congresswoman who was dead as if she were in the room.
On Wednesday, during a White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, the geriatric gaffe machine that is President Joe Biden scanned the room looking for Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana who had been a co-sponsor of the bill to fund the committee.
“I want to thank all of you here, including bipartisan elected officials like … Senator Braun, Senator Booker, Representative … Jackie, Jackie are you here?” Biden said. “I think she was going to be here to help make this a reality.
"Jackie are you here? Where's Jackie?"
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) died in a car accident in August pic.twitter.com/cHc3b7zPmE
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) September 28, 2022
However, there was one problem and it was a big one – Jackie was killed in a traffic accident last month.
During Wednesday’s daily press briefing, Jean-Pierre was peppered with questions over Biden’s remarks and snapped during the Q & A and her wet mop cleanup of yet another Biden hot mess.
After first downplaying Biden’s bizarre remarks as meaning Walorski was on top of his mind, Jean-Pierre grew combative when another reporter continued to press her on her excuse that the dead lawmaker was “top of mind” and that Biden did not suffer another one of the senior moments that have plagued him and driven staffers to fits.
While being peppered with questions about Biden and Walorski, Steven Portnoy of CBS News wondered if the POTUS had misread the teleprompter, at one point asking for the “prepared remarks” to be released.
“I’m not understanding why that would be necessary,” Jean-Pierre said. “We always share the remarks that the president had … not really sure what that has to do with anything. I just answered the question about her being on top of mind.”
“I just wanted to return to this question of the congresswoman and I think we all totally get why she’s top of mind, you’ve made that case pretty effectively, but I think the confusing part is why she and the family is top of mind, is why does the president think that she’s living and in the room.”
”I don’t find that confusing,” Jean-Pierre answered. “I think many people can speak to when you have someone top of mind, they are top of mind,” as she rambled on about food security.
The reporter then flipped the script with a reference to John Lennon of The Beatles fame.
“I have John Lennon top of my mind just about every day, but I’m not looking around for him anywhere,” the reporter said.
“When you sign a bill for John Lennon as president,” Jean-Pierre sniped back “then we can have this conversation.”
The room then erupted with multiple reporters calling for an answer on Biden’s extremely peculiar and disturbing comments in which he clearly believed that Rep, Walorski was still alive, at least in his mind.
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