After Biden referred to 'President Harris', the White House quietly amended his speech transcript

After President Joe Biden referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as 'President Harris' during a speech on Friday, the White House was obliged to change the content of its official transcript.

While speaking to students at South Carolina State University, one of the country's over 100 historically Black colleges and institutions, the president made the error (HBCUs). Biden thanked Delaware State University, an HBCU, for helping him be elected to the Senate for the first time in 1972. He addressed the vice president as "President Harris," noting that she was a graduate of Howard University, a Delaware State sports HBCU rival.

During the December commencement address, Biden quipped, "I've had to put Delaware State up there - the president of Delaware State used to work for me." "But, all kidding aside, of course, [Vice] President Harris, who's a proud Howard alum, she might have something to say about Delaware State."

The White House corrected the mistake by adding "[Vice]" to the official transcript. The same correction was made in the official transcript of a speech Biden delivered on the COVID-19 vaccination from March, when the president also referred to the vice president as "President Harris."

"When [Vice] President Harris and I took a virtual tour of a vaccination center in Arizona not long ago, one of the nurses on that — on that tour, injecting people, giving vaccinations, said that each shot was like administering a dose of hope," Biden said from the White House in March. "'A dose of hope.' That's how she phrased it."

On Friday, Biden spoke in support of Democratic voting rights changes, praising HBCUs and Black voters in particular, whom he claimed were instrumental in both establishing and continuing his lengthy political career.

"I come from a state that has the eighth-largest African American population, and that's a source of all of my support in Delaware," Biden said. "For real."

Representative Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina State alumnus, was regularly commended by the president (D-S.C.). Clyburn, who is widely credited with reviving Biden's Democratic primary campaign in early 2020 when he was trailing Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), spoke at the commencement and got his diploma in person from the president, 60 years after receiving it in the mail. Clyburn graduated with a bachelor's degree in history in December 1961. He was unable to march since the college did not hold a December ceremony at the time.

Since his election to the presidency last year, the political future of Biden, 79, has been a hot issue among observers. Despite Biden's statement in March that he "fully expects" Harris to be his running mate if he stands for re-election, Harris has stated that she and Biden have not talked re-election and that she does not "consider" it.

According to recent polls, if Biden does not run in 2024, Harris and former first lady Michelle Obama would be the Democratic frontrunners. In hypothetical matches against either Biden or Harris, polls show that former President Donald Trump is in a strong position to win a non-consecutive second term, despite the fact that a majority of Americans do not want Trump or Biden to run in 2024.

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