US President Joe Biden apparently looked for a recently deceased MP when he appeared in the audience. Is "Jackie... here? Where's Jackie?" Biden asked at the White House as he thanked supporters of initiatives to end hunger.
"I think she didn't want to be here," the 79-year-old said, referring to Republican Congressman Jackie Walorski, who died in a car accident in August. White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre later said Biden wanted to commend MPs' "incredible work" on the issue.
The Democrat Biden is known for occasionally making slips of the tongue - especially when he doesn't stick to prepared speech texts. Some Republicans are using this to question Biden's mental fitness for the presidency.
Walorski died in a car accident in her home state of Indiana in August at the age of 58 along with two employees. According to police, a woman on the opposite lane lost control of her vehicle and steered head-on into Walorski's car. Everyone involved died.