On Thursday, President Biden made another gaffe during a speech while providing updates on the vaccination progress across the United States, referring to the vice president as “President Harris.”
Biden began by stating, “When President Harris and I took …” He then paused momentarily before detailing the tour of a vaccination site in Arizona, which he had recently undertaken with Harris. Biden noted that watching the vaccines being distributed was akin to observing the administration of “a dose of hope.”
Biden also announced that his administration’s goal of having the 100 million vaccines administered within the first 100 days would be achieved. He also noted that 65 percent of individuals aged 65 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.
These gaffes are not uncommon. This past December, Biden referred to Harris as “president-elect,” which also occurred during a speech on COVID vaccines. At the time, Biden said that he took the vaccine to “instill public confidence,” and that “President-Elect Harris” had done the same.
The most recent comments have resulted in further discussion regarding Biden’s cognitive decline, particularly after a campaign in which Biden appeared tongue-tied.
Harris herself has even referred to herself as president, namely when she remarked upon “a Harris administration,” along with “Joe Biden as President of the United States” during a virtual discussion last fall.
Harris also added that her administration with Biden “will provide access to $100 billion in low-interest loans and investments from minority business owners.”
In July 2019, Biden also referred to Senator Corey Booker as the President of the United States.
Ironically, this comment came when Biden had been debating Booker over his criminal justice plan, to which Booker replied, “I’m grateful that he endorsed my presidency already.”