In his opening remarks, Biden welcomed the team, saying, "Welcome to the White House, the 2023 Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights! President Harris is there to make sure we do this the right way." This is not the first time Biden has made this mistake, as he has made similar errors in at least six prior public appearances.
Vice President Harris, a former California senator and state attorney general, was seated in the front row of the East Room event. Meanwhile, Biden, who will turn 81 on November 20, is currently the country's oldest-ever president and is seeking a second four-year term next year. On the Republican side, former President Donald Trump, 77, is considered the frontrunner for the party's nomination.
The possibility of Harris assuming the presidency if Biden were to resign, pass away, or become incapacitated while in office has been a topic of discussion. Concerns about Biden's public remarks and his mental acuity have been raised by critics, including Democrats. David Axelrod, former chief strategist to then-President Barack Obama, expressed his worries about Biden's public projection, stating, "In front of the camera, what he's projecting is causing people concerns, and that is worrisome," during an appearance on CNN.
A recent New York Times poll, released on November 5, revealed that 71% of swing-state voters believe Biden is "too old to be an effective president," while only 39% said the same of Trump. These numbers highlight the concerns some voters have about Biden's age and ability to effectively carry out his presidential duties.