President Biden misspoke in a speech on Thursday potentially revealing who is really calling the shots in his administration!
While stating that minorities have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, underscoring the importance of distributing the coronavirus vaccine to such communities and attempting to offer updates on vaccination progress in the U.S., Biden slipped up and referred to Vice President Kamala Harris, instead as “President Harris.”
“The hardest hit that have suffered the most — especially black, Latino, Native American, and rural communities,” Biden said. “We believe speed and efficiency must be matched with fairness and equity, now when President Harris and I took a virtual tour of vaccination center in Arizona not long ago, one of the nurses on that tour injecting people, giving vaccinations, said that each shot was like administering a dose of hope.”
At the same time, the president announced the administration would achieve its goal of 100 million vaccines administered in 100 days on Friday, the 58th day of the new administration. At this point, Biden said, 65% of people aged 65 and older have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Biden made no attempt to correct what many in the media are trying to write off as yet another verbal blunder.
If this was the first time Biden had made such a comment, it would be more reasonable to simply write it off as a mindless misspeak, but he has referred to Harris as his superior before.
In August, Biden sparked discussions about Harris assuming the presidency, perhaps after the president-elect’s first term, when he said that he selected Harris as his running mate because she is “ready to lead on day one.”
“If @KamalaHarris and I are elected, we’re going to inherit multiple crises, a nation divided, and a world in disarray. “We won’t have a minute to waste,” Biden tweeted at the time. “That’s exactly why I picked her: She’s ready to lead on day one.”
In December he referred to Harris as “president-elect,” saying, “I hope the president will clearly and unambiguously urge all Americans to take the vaccine once it’s available,” Biden said at the time, before noting that Harris had received the Moderna vaccine on live television earlier in the day. “I took it to instill public confidence in the vaccine. President-elect Harris took hers today for the same reason.”
Harris, too, once accidentally dubbed herself commander-in-chief. “A Harris administration, together with Joe Biden as the president of the United States,” she said at a virtual roundtable in September.
“The Biden-Harris administration will provide access to $100 billion in low-interest loans and investments from minority business owners,” she continued.
During the presidential campaign last year, President Trump frequently accused Biden of being in mental decline and claimed Democrats would invoke the 25th Amendment to replace Biden with Harris.
According to the New York Post, “At a White House event this month, Biden appeared for forget the name of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, referring to him as ‘the guy who runs that outfit over there.’”