President Biden in his latest gaffe referred to his vice president, Kamala Harris, as “President Harris” during remarks offering updates on the latest number of progress of Americans receiving the COVID vaccine.
“Now when President Harris and I took,” Biden said, pausing momentarily. “Took a virtual tour of a vaccination center in Arizona not long ago, one of the nurses on that, on that tour injecting people, giving vaccinations, said that each shot was like administering a dose of hope.”
The president announced that his administration has achieved its goal of having 100 million vaccines administered within 100 days on Friday, the 58th day of his presidency. On Friday, Biden said that 65 percent of people aged 65 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.
In the emailed transcript remarks posted on the White House website of Biden’s full speech, the White House added the bracket punctuation marks to “Vice.”
It’s not the first time nor would it be the last that Biden has called his second-in-command “President” in one of his infamous verbal gaffes.
In December, Biden referred to Harris as the president-elect while discussing how they publicly received COVID-19 vaccine shots.
“I took it to instill public confidence in the vaccine. President-elect Harris took hers today for the same reason,” Biden said on December 29.
Biden has a long history of gaffes that have been used against him where many are questioning that the president might be experiencing cognitive decline since leaving the White House in 2016.
Earlier this month, Biden totally forgot the name of the Pentagon as well as Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s name during a White House event, calling the Pentagon chief “the guy who runs that outfit over there.”
“I want to thank Sec — the former general — I keep calling him ‘General.’ The guy who runs that outfit over there,” Biden said in an event announcing the nomination of two female generals to lead American military combatant commands, as he seemed to forget the name of the Pentagon, which he called “that outfit.”
During the 2020 campaign trail, Biden’s flub-prone speech had both critics and supporters believing the Democratic candidate would barely finish his term with Harris stepping in to take over the reins. Biden had an embarrassing stumble when he claimed he had assembled the “most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization” in U.S history.
“We’re in a situation where we have put together, and you guys did it for President Obama’s administration before this, we have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics,” Biden said during an interview with Pod Save America in late October.
During a virtual roundtable in September, Harris, then the vice presidential candidate, referred to the upcoming new administration as the “Harris administration” while discussing economic plans. Days later, Biden flubbed in referring to his presidential ticket as the “Harris-Biden” campaign.
Biden will finally conduct his first White House press conference next Thursday, breaking the presidential century-old record for a new president without holding a press conference.
“President Biden will hold a formal press conference on the afternoon of Thursday, March 25th,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.