Jill Biden was forced to step in after her slurring husband President Joe Biden called Vice President Kamala Harris “the first lady.”
During a scene that resembled a slap-stick comedy sketch, Biden somehow confused the two women while giving a rambling speech at a Women’s History Month celebration at the White House.
Harris’s husband, Doug Emhoff, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier, causing Kamala to drop out of the event to protect Biden, who is 79.
Biden made the flub while explaining why Harris and Emhoff, also known as the “second gentleman,” were not in attendance.
“There’s been a little change in the arrangement of who’s on the stage because of the first lady’s husband contracting COVID,” Biden said.
Biden continued, apparently oblivious that the first lady’s husband is actually himself.
After the president’s gaffe, Jill Biden interrupted to point out his mistake.
“Pardon?” Biden said, obliviously.
“You said the first — anyways,” Jill said before giving up as the crowd started laughing.
“That’s right. She’s fine,” Biden said trying not to look confused.
“It’s me that’s not together.
“The second la- — the first gentleman,” he said, still getting it wrong as the crowd laughed nervously.
“How about that?”
Biden continued: “One person I’m particularly proud of is — was going to be introducing me — is Kamala Harris.
“He’s fine, but out of an abundance of caution, she decided she wasn’t going to join us today.
“But let’s send her our love because she’s something else.”
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— RedState (@RedState) March 16, 2022
From Fox News:
Biden began his remarks by introducing himself as the first lady’s husband.
“I’m Joe Biden. I’m Jill Biden’s husband and proud of it,” he said.
Biden’s remarks focused on the progress of women and called for equal pay, touting his administration’s efforts to close the “pay gap.”
The president signed an executive order Tuesday to promote efforts to achieve pay equality, encouraging the government to consider banning federal contractors from seeking information about job applicants’ prior salary history.