‘Where’s Jackie?’ Biden seeks lawmaker Walorski who died in August

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WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden publicly sought out Jackie Walorski, an Indiana Congresswoman who died in a car accident in August, during a conference on hunger on Wednesday, seeming to forget that she had passed away.

Biden thanked other conference organizers, then asked: “Jackie are you here? Where’s Jackie?”

Walorski, a Republican, was one of four Congressional co-sponsors of the bill to fund the conference. She was killed with two staffers in early August.

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in Washington, U.S., September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Biden moved past the issue without any correction. After Walorski’s death, the White House issued a statement from Biden that said he and his wife Jill were “shocked and saddened” by her sudden accident.

“Truly an awful and disgraceful blunder,” Representative Vicky Hartzler, a Missouri Republican, tweeted in reference to the mistake.

Biden was “acknowledging her incredible work,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said when asked about the incident later, adding that Biden had already planned to welcome the congresswoman’s family to the White House for a bill signing on Friday. “She was on top of mind,” Jean-Pierre said.

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Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw and Leah Douglas; Writing by Heather Timmons
Editing by Alistair Bell

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.



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