White House Scrambles as Biden Refers to Michelle Obama as 'Vice President'
Handlers run damage control to clean up latest gaffe
The White House has scrambled to run damage control after Democrat Joe Biden referred to Michelle Obama as the former "vice president."
Biden's handlers for forced to try and clean up the gaffe by tweaking the official White House transcript of his comments.
Hunter Biden's father was speaking at the USS Delaware commissioning ceremony when he made his verbal slip.
“My name is Joe Biden. I am Jill’s husband,” Biden joked to open his remarks on Saturday.
“It’s always a good day when I get to celebrate Delaware or spend time with service members and their families or introduce Jill.
"That’s a trifecta in my family.”
Biden went on to thank all those who had brought the USS Delaware from plan to reality, at which point he turned back to his wife.
JOE BIDEN: “I’m deeply proud of the work [Jill is] doing as first lady with Joining Forces initiative she started with Michelle Obama when she was vice president” pic.twitter.com/wO12WPQ56I— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 2, 2022
"The daughter of a Navy signalman during World War Two, the mother of a member of the Delaware National Guard, the grandmother of children who experienced having their father deployed away from home for a year at a time,” Biden continued.
"She always holds our military and their families in her heart.
"And that is not hyperbole; that’s real.
"And I’m deeply proud of the work she is doing as First Lady with Joining Forces initiative she started with Michelle Obama when she was vice president and now carries on.”
Although Biden apparently made no effort to correct himself at the time, the official White House transcript made a small edit to his comments:
And I’m deeply proud of the work she is doing as First Lady with Joining Forces initiative she started with Michelle Obama when
she[I] was Vice President and now carries on.
Saturday was certainly not the first time Biden has slipped — he has referred to his own Vice President Kamala Harris as “President Harris” on more than one occasion.
And recently, instead of revealing the fact that Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff had contracted COVID-19, he announced that the "first lady’s husband" had tested positive — only to be reminded that he was, in fact, the first lady’s husband.
“Look at the stage,” Biden said, gesturing off to one side.
“There’s been a little change in the arrangement of who’s on the stage, because of — the first lady’s husband contracted COVID, but … look at this room and what you’ll see …”
Jill Biden tried to get Biden’s attention to correct his flub.
“Pardon me?” he said, as laughter erupted in the room, only getting louder as Biden clearly realized what he had said.
"That’s right," Biden said.
"She’s fine. It’s me …
"The second lady — the first gentleman — how about that?”
In October 2020, Biden also referred to Emhoff as "Kamala's wife."