The White House’s Heather Conundrum: Where Did Biden’s Imaginary Daughter Come From?

The White House is struggling to explain why President Joe Biden referred to an imaginary daughter in his condolence statement for former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

Biden just has ssues with making things up and incoherence. They showed again, in what should be a very simple condolence statement in the wake of the death of former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. 

Here’s the relevant part of the statement Biden issued. 

“Bill and I crossed paths for the first time decades ago, when he was a staffer on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which I served on as Senator. Over the years, I saw firsthand his passion for politics, love for America, and unflagging belief that, with respect and good faith, people can come together across any difference, no matter how vast. He was a patriot and true original, and will not be forgotten. Jill and I send our love to his family, including his wife of over 50 years, Barbara, and their daughter Heather.”

The problem? There is no daughter named Heather. They had no daughter at all, so it wasn’t even a mistake about the name.

The White House has not offered a definitive explanation for the error. A spokesperson said that Biden “misspoke” and that he was “deeply sorry for the error.”

The incident is the latest in a series of gaffes by Biden. In recent months, he has confused the names of foreign leaders, forgotten the names of his own Cabinet members, and made other verbal miscues.

CBS’ Weijia Chang asked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre how such a thing happened.

“This was just a miss,” she said. That’s one way of downplaying it.

Jiang tried again, “Has the source of the error been identified and dealt with to prevent it from happening again?” 

Again, Jean-Pierre ducked answering that, saying that they were going to try not to do it again, but not revealing how it had happened or if any corrective action had been taken.