President Joe Biden had yet another ‘senior moment’ after confusing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm a day after he ignored Secret Service agent directing him into the White House.
Biden, 78, made the latest gaffe during a virtual event hosted the White House relating to the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which passed through the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.
‘I think we’re making some real progress, but thank you again Jennifer for what you’ve done and continue to do,’ Biden said.
Whitmer, whose name had appeared on the screen where Biden had been looking, had just thanked Biden for his leadership leading to the passage of the bill in the Senate, the Detroit Free Press reported.
She is one of the United States’ most recognizable Democrat governors, after clashing with Donald Trump and anti-lockdown protesters in her home state last year, amid claims the FBI foiled a plot to kidnap her.
President Joe Biden had yet another ‘senior moment’ after confusing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, left, was confused with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, right
Granholm, who was Michigan’s first female governor, now serves as the Secretary of Energy in the Biden administration.
Whitmer had previously bristled at former Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette when he also incorrectly called her Jennifer when campaigning against her for the governor role in 2018, the outlet noted.
Biden’s names mix-up came after another bizarre gaffe on Tuesday,
That saw him filmed returning to the White House after spending time in Wilmington, Delaware when the agent points for him to follow the sidewalk path into the White House.
Instead, Biden is seen following the agent up the lawn and through the garden into the presidential estate.
The video has left shocked critics of the 78 year-old president once again surmising whether Biden is suffering the effects of cognitive decline.
In Biden’s latest bizarre gaffe, the president was filmed returning to the White House after spending time in Wilmington, Delaware
A Secret Service agent then points for him to follow the sidewalk path into White House
Instead, Biden is seen seen following the agent up the lawn and through the gardening into the presidential estate
The video has left shocked critics of the president once again surmising whether Biden is suffering the effects of cognitive decline
Twitter personality Kambree Kawahine Koa, who has penned op-eds for Daily Caller , brought up Biden’s status as the oldest president ever elected.
‘He looks old there,’ Kawahine Koa tweeted.
Biden, 78, surpassed Donald Trump as the oldest president ever elected – beating out his predecessor, the second oldest president ever elected, by eight years at the times they took office.
He also worked in the White House for eight years previously as Barack Obama’s Vice President.
Sean Spicer, who served as press secretary under Trump, tweeted: ‘Watch. This. Video. Closely.’
Frank Fleming, a senior writer for the satirical conservative website The Babylon Bee, claimed that he had written the same events described in the video earlier in the day for a fictional satirical article – a near premonition of the gaffe.
‘Oh man; I wrote this in a The Babylon Bee article this morning before seeing this video,’ Fleming tweeted.
He had written in the article: ‘President Biden also spoke about the program’s success, yelling, ‘What’s TikTok?’ to reporters before getting lost on the way back to the front door of the White House.’
Josh Barnett, an Arizona Republican running for Congress in 2022, tweeted that Biden was ‘lost’ and ‘clueless.’
‘They literally pointed the walkway out to him and he still went the wrong way,’ tweeted Human Events editor Jack Posobiec.
People react on Twitter to news of President Joe Biden’s latest gaffe
Some joked that Biden ‘seems to be a robot that has not been correctly programmed’ who ‘can’t even follow a sidewalk.’ Others pointed to signs of ‘dementia’ and ‘Alzheimer’s.’
‘I like the reaction of the secret service agent following behind….’where the f**k is this guy going?’ one person tweeted.
Still, a few Biden loyalists defended the president from the apparent gaffe.
‘It looks like the agent was informing that that route was locked off and to take the different route. You think secret service is going to point at a walkway like that to the President?’ one person tweeted.
Biden has been known to make a number of errors since before he became president. His apparent cognitive decline has reached the point that even some House Republicans urged him to take cognitive tests in June.
Ronny Jackson, a former White House doctor who claimed Trump had ‘aced’ a cognitive test, has also called on Biden to do the same.
President Joe Biden gets up after tripping while boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland in March
Democratic donors have called the series of Biden gaffes ‘a little bit cringeworthy’
Besides his infamous tumble up the steps of Air Force One, the Commander-in-Chief has been ad-libbing remarks that have left White House staffers scrambling to clean up his messes, The Hill reported last month.
That report came after Biden had seemingly accused Facebook of ‘killing people’ then walked back his comments three days later, claiming Facebook ‘isn’t killing people.’
‘My hope is that Facebook, instead of taking it personally – that somehow I’m saying Facebook is killing people – that they would do something about the misinformation, the outrageous information about the vaccine,’ Biden said when walking back his previous comments. ‘That’s what I meant.’
Democratic donors have called the series of Biden gaffes ‘a little bit cringeworthy.’
Biden even became a laughing stock at the G-7 Summit in June when he tried to correct Boris Johnson for not introducing ‘the president of South Africa’ – though the prime minister already had introduced him.
The president has long had a list of errors when speaking publicly – such as suggesting that Hillary Clinton would have been a better vice president pick than him when campaigning during then-Sen. Barack Obama’s first run for president.
Tobe Berkovitz, an associate professor of advertising and communication emeritus at Boston University, told The Hill that – as president – the stakes for Biden’s gaffes are higher.
‘He’s always ad-libbed. He’s never been particularly good at it,’ he said. ‘Now as president, it’s just higher stakes.’