Biden calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘great president’ in gaffe during White House event

President Biden on Monday wished Vice President Kamala Harris a happy birthday, while calling her ‘a great president,’ a line that some online assumed was another gaffe, which has become synonymous with his administration. 

‘Happy Birthday to a great president, we know your mom is always with you,’ President Biden said while acknowledging Harris’ birthday was on Oct. 20. The remarks came during a White House event to celebrate Diwali. 

He also joked that Harris ‘turned 30.’ She is 58 years old. 

Biden has called Harris the president at least two times prior to Monday. 

In January 2021, he referred to ‘President Harris’ during remarks on voting rights.

He also called his vice president ‘President Harris’ during remarks in South Carolina in December 2021. 

In March, he called Harris the ‘first lady’ while talking to reporters. 

‘We’ve had a little rearrangement of whose on the stage because of the first lady’s husband contracting COVID,’ he said at the time. 

Biden was referring to Doug Emhoff, Harris’ husband, who had just tested positive for COVID-19.

Most recently, he was criticized when he called out a recently deceased congresswoman during a White House event in September. 

‘Jackie are you here? Where’s Jackie? She must not be here,’ he said, referring to Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., during the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.


The White House later said the president had misspoken during the conference when he seemed to look for Walorski around the room.

White House Karine Jean-Pierre brushed off criticism of the remarks, claiming Walorski had been ‘top of mind’ for Biden. 

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