White House Deflects After Biden Appears to Look for Deceased Congresswoman in Crowd: ‘She was of top of Mind’

[Image: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre -- Twitter video screenshot. Joe Biden -- Twitter video screenshot. TFT compilation].

During a Wednesday event at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in Washington, 79-year-old Joe Biden appeared to forget about the tragic death of Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski as he repeatedly searched the crowd for her and called out her name while on stage.

Walorski was one of four lawmakers who sponsored legislation pushing for the conference last year. She killed in a car accident along with two of her staffers in early August.

Biden attempted to give Rep. Walorski a shoutout while speaking on stage at the event. “Jackie, Jackie are you here?” Biden asked. “I think she was going to be here to help make this a reality.”

He had also issued a statement after her death.

Following Joe Biden’s grim mistake, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre read off prepared answers to reporters, appearing to know that she would be pressed over the matter, and deflected from answering directly over why Biden appeared to look for Rep. Jackie Walorski in the audience.

The press secretary claimed Biden was “acknowledging her incredible work”, adding, “So of course, she was on his mind, she was of top of mind for the president.”

Jean-Pierre was pressed to provide more “clarity” about Biden’s mistake:

“We need to have some answers!” a reporter shouted to the press secretary over Biden’s many confused moments.

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