In yet another verbal flub, US President Joe Biden referred to his second-in-command Kamala Harris by the wrong title, calling her “President Harris” instead of the Vice President.
Biden, 80, misspoke while welcoming the Las Vegas Golden Knights, the hockey team which won the Stanley Cup, to the White House on Monday.
“President Harris is here to make sure we do it the right way,” Biden said during his address at the event. He later mispronounced her first name when addressing the Vice President.
According to reports, this isn’t the first time Biden has made such a gaffe – he has called the Vice President “President Harris” on at least six other occasions. There was also the time he referred to Harris as the “First Lady”.
With the 2024 presidential elections looming on the not-so-distant horizon, Kamala Harris is heading into a high-pressure situation as Biden is running for an unprecedented second term as the first octogenarian in the Oval Office.
If elected to a second term, Biden would be 82 on inauguration day, and 86 upon leaving office.
If he becomes ill or cannot fulfill his duties during his tenure, Harris, 58, would succeed him. That reality, painted as a nightmare scenario by ultra-conservatives and right-wing pundits, hangs over their 2024 re-election bid.