President Joe Biden mistakenly invoked the late Representative Jackie Walorski, the Indiana Republican who died in a car accident in August, during opening remarks at a White House conference on hunger, food and health.
Walorski is one of four people sponsoring bills to support the conference and advocate for reducing hunger in America.
In August, Biden and First Lady Jill Biden released a statement expressing their condolences over Walorski's death. "I appreciate his cooperation as we plan a historic White House conference on hunger
food and health this fall that will show a deep concern for the needs of rural America," Biden said in a statement. "We send to her husband, Dean, the families of her employees,
Zachery Potts and Emma Thomson, who lost their lives in public service, and to the residents of the second district of Indiana whose representative is one of the n "They died."
The White House also flew flags at half-mast in memory of Walorski and his aides who were also killed. Comfort for Walorski, a former member of the House of Representatives, was Rep.
Jim McGovern (D-MA) in a statement after Biden spoke. And White House political adviser Susan Rice said she "really" misses Walorski,
"who passed away in August" at the beginning of the session in which lawmakers follow the president's speech. In a video tribute previously released for Walorski playing at the main conference in the afternoon.