Joe Biden accidentally referred to Kamala Harris as “President Harris” during a speech about the COVID vaccination rollout in the US.
He was delivering the speech with the Vice-President standing behind him when he made the gaffe on Thursday, the Washington Examiner reports.
“This is really important,” Biden said of the country’s immunisation effort.
“Because we believe in speed and efficiency must be matched with fairness and equity.
“Now, when President Harris took a virtual tour of a vaccination centre 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.”
He paused briefly after saying “Harris” before continuing on.
It’s the second time the 78-year-old President has referred to Harris as the commander-in-chief.
Biden accidentally called Harris the “president-elect” before he became the 46th President of the United States.
“I hope the president will clearly and unambiguously urge all Americans to take the vaccine once it’s available,” Biden said.
“I took it to instil public confidence in the vaccine.
“President-elect Harris took hers today for the same reason.”
The latest slip-up from Biden has some speculating that he is suffering cognitive decline – the same accusations that Donald Trump made against Biden during his election campaign.
But Biden has spoken frequently of his struggle with stuttering, attributing his occasional gaffes to tiredness.
He said stuttering had nothing to do with a person’s “intelligence quotient.”
It’s also been pointed out that Harris once referred to herself as commander-in-chief, referring to a “Harris administration with Joe Biden as the President of the United States.”