The 79-year-old made the mistake during an address at the Equal Pay Day event at the White House.
US President Joe Biden mistakenly referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as the “First Lady” at an event, causing laughter from the audience. He immediately realized the mistake and corrected himself.
The 79-year-old made the mistake during an address at the Equal Pay Day event at the White House. The incident happened when he was explaining why Vice President Harris was not present at the event.
“There has been little change in the arrangements for who is on stage because of the first lady’s husband contracting COVID-19,” President Biden said. Immediately, some people pointed out to him that his statement would imply that he was the one who tested positive.
“That’s right,” said President Biden, as the whole room burst into laughter.
“She is fine. The second lady – the first gentleman, what about her? She added with a smile. A video of the incident has gone viral on social media.
BIDEN: “Husband of First Lady has tested positive for COVID”
That would be him.
You can’t make it.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) 15 March 2022
Doug Emhoff tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week. “Earlier today, Doug Emhoff tested positive for COVID-19. Mr Emhof is doing fine and we are grateful for the vaccination and promotion. I have tested negative and will continue to test. Kamala Harris wrote in a post, “If you haven’t already been vaccinated, please get vaccinated and promoted.”
Earlier today, @SecondGentleman Tested positive for COVID-19. Doug is doing fine and we are grateful for the vaccination and promotion. I have tested negative and will continue to test.
Please get vaccinated and promoted if you haven’t already.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) 16 March 2022
This wasn’t the first time President Biden has slipped his tongue. Earlier this month, when he called for support to Ukraine against Russian aggression during his State of the Union address, he referred to Ukrainians as “the Iranian people”. “Vladimir Putin may surround Kyiv with tanks, but he will never gain the hearts and souls of the Iranian people,” he said.
Last year, he mistakenly referred to his Vice President Harris as “President Harris.”
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