‘Where’s Jackie?’: Confused Biden Calls Out To Deceased Congresswoman

Joe Biden appeared to forget about the recent tragic death of Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) during a White House event on Wednesday. Even though the administration issued a statement of condolence to her family after she was killed in a traffic accident in August, Biden searched the crowd and called out for her while on stage.

The uncomfortable moment occurred during Biden’s appearance at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. Walorski was one of four sponsors of legislation last year that led to the conference.

A video tribute to Walorski was set to be played at the event, although it was reported that Biden was not present when it was shown.

Walorski, 58, her communications director Emma Thompson, 28, and district director Zachary Potts, 27, were all killed in a crash in Indiana on August 3. Initial investigations by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department indicated that another car entered the lane in which Walorski’s vehicle was traveling and crashed head-on.

It was determined after further investigation that Walorski’s vehicle, which was being driven by Potts, actually entered an improper lane of traffic. The sole occupant of the other vehicle, Edith Schumucker, 56, of Nappanee, Indiana was also killed in the crash.

During his Wednesday remarks, Biden attempted to call out Walorski for recognition along with other lawmakers.

Biden said, “I want to thank all of you here, including bipartisan elected officials like Senator Braun, Senator Booker, Representative – Jackie, Jackie are you here? Where’s Jackie? I think she was going to be here to help make this a reality.”

It was not clear whether Biden was reading from a teleprompter when he gave the shout-out to Walorski, but he did not attempt to correct his error.

At the Wednesday White House press briefing, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked point-blank, “What happened?”

Jean-Pierre stared down at her podium and said that Biden was “acknowledging her incredible work” and acknowledged that the bill-signing ceremony set for Friday will be dedicated in Walorski’s honor. The press secretary claimed that the deceased representative was on “top of mind” for Biden, even though he appeared to not have any idea she was deceased.