Biden forgets how to say ‘Kamala’ Harris at White House event

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Biden forgets how to say ‘Kamala’ Harris at White House event

WASHINGTON — President Biden seemingly forgot how to say “Kamala” Harris Tuesday — years after his vice president taught the country the correct pronunciation.

“As Kamala said, we’re all closely monitoring the storms, the floods, the landslides all across California,” Biden said at a White House celebration for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, saying his second-in-command’s name like “CAM-a-la” rather than the proper “COMMA-la.”

Biden, 80, is the oldest-ever president and his mental acuity is often debated as he prepares to launch a 2024 reelection campaign. His defenders say he’s simply prone to gaffes and a stutter.

Harris’ name was inspired by her mother’s South Indian heritage and she effectively educated much of the public on how to say “Kamala” before or during the 2020 election campaign.

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are presented with replica jerseys by Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry
President Biden mispronounced Kamala Harris’ name on Tuesday.
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A 2016 Harris Senate campaign video features children saying, “It’s not CAM-EL-UH. It’s not KUH-MAHL-UH. It’s not KARMEL-UH.”

“[M]y name is pronounced ‘comma-la,’ like the punctuation mark. It means ‘lotus flower,’ which is a symbol of significance in Indian culture,” Harris wrote in a 2019 memoir, according to CNN.

Biden’s forgetfulness was fleeting Tuesday and he correctly pronounced Harris’s first name at one point and asked her to walk him out of the room — as he continued to duck questions about the special counsel investigation into his apparent mishandling of classified documents.

President Biden gestures while speaking at the White House Tuesday.
Biden made the error while hosting the Golden State Warriors at the White House.
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President Biden holds up a Golden State Warriors jersey with his name and the number 46 on it Tuesday.
Harris walked Biden out of the celebration Tuesday.
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Biden has at least six times accidentally referred to Harris, 58, as president — most recently on Jan. 5.

Harris would become the first female president if Biden is unable to complete his term.

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