Peter Doocy, the Fox News White House correspondent, provided some comic relief during a press briefing when he accidentally combined the names of President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama. The slip of the tongue caused laughter in the room as Doocy quickly corrected himself, asking if “President Obiden” was okay. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby replied affirmatively, using Doocy’s mistake to joke about yet another Fox News inquiry about the president’s health. Even Kirby couldn’t help but smile as Doocy tried to continue with his question about the apparent rift between Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in handling humanitarian aid in Gaza during the conflict with Hamas.
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The exchange, though light-hearted, gained traction on social media platforms, with many accounts sharing the clip. The incident drew attention because there has been a perception that the Biden administration is a continuation of Obama’s policies. Obama himself had expressed willingness to act as a behind-the-scenes adviser for a new president, even stating that he would be fine with someone else doing the talking while he provided guidance.
The fact that Biden has chosen former Obama White House staff for his administration supports the theory of continuity between the two. Furthermore, Obama’s recent collaboration with Biden on addressing concerns with artificial intelligence technology suggests that he still has influence in the current administration. Doocy’s slip of the tongue, while amusing, seems to hold a hint of truth.