Joe Biden apologized in the Oval Office Friday to deceased Indiana Representative Jackie Walorski’s family as they met the president just days after he apparently forgot the congresswoman was dead.
The late representative’s mother Martha ‘Mert’ Walorski, 83, told Biden, 79, that her daughter is ‘in heaven’ at a bill signing where he banned cameras, Rep. Walorski’s brother Keith told the New York Post.
Walorski’s widower Dean Swihart was also at the White House bill signing on Friday where the family privately met with the president.
The meeting follows Biden’s infamous gaffe last week where during a speech he asked ‘Where’s Jackie?’ even though she died a month prior.
‘Well, Mr. President, we can tell you where Jackie is. She’s in heaven with Jesus,’ Martha Walorski told Biden on Friday, according to the account of events from her son.
‘He could only agree,’ Keith said of Biden’s reaction. ‘He’s a very Catholic person. He’s very strong in his Catholicism. So all he could do is say, ‘Yes, you’re right. I know.”
Biden was on clean-up duty with the family on Friday. He welcomed Martha to sit in his chair at the Resolute Desk for a photo op and took the family on a tour of the West Wing – to include his private dining room and the outdoor swimming pool, which is rarely seen.
President Joe Biden apologized to late Representative Jackie Walorski’s family during an Oval Office meeting on Friday following his gaffe two days prior questioning where the deceased lawmaker was located