The White House insisted Wednesday that First Lady Michelle Obama and the entire White House is going a "good job" helping Democrats run for Congress, despite another embarrassing White House error at the expense of Senate candidate Bruce Braley (D-Iowa).
Last week, the first lady repeated called the candidate "Bruce Bailey." She even asked people at a rally for Braley to visit "BruceBailey.com," a nonexistent website.
First lady Michele Obama and her team have made two errors while trying to help an Iowa Democrat win a Senate seat, but the White House says she's doing a 'good job.' (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
Obama realized her mistake after the audience corrected her, after which she said, "I'm losing it."
This week, Obama was able to make up for that mistake by admitting she got the name wrong.
"I got it wrong a couple of times," she said. "But I sort of laughed to myself because I thought, well, people should follow me home because, talk to Malia and Sasha and I never call them the right names."
"It's like, who are you?" she added. "I call Barack 'Bo.' It just… it never works out really well."
But while she corrected Braley's name, the first lady's team sent out a transcript of her remarks, which said she spoke in support of "Democratic Candidate for Governor Bruce Braley." Braley is running for the Senate, not for governor.
That error prompted press reports quoting anonymous Democrats who said the White House has now become "embarrassing." But when asked about the flubs, White House spokesman Josh Earnest ignored the question and said the White House is clearly committed to Braley's campaign.
Earnest also dodged a question about whether the White House regrets the two errors.
"I think anybody who heard the first lady's comments yesterday would come away with the impression that she did a good job advocating for him and motivating voters to support his campaign," he said.
When asked whether Democrats should just get over the errors, Earnest said his impression is that Democrats believe the White House is doing a good job.
"Based on the comments that I've seen from Senate Democrats, they're pleased to have the support of people like the first lady, and pleased that she is out on the campaign trail doing such a good job advocating for their campaigns," he said.
Next week, Vice President Joe Biden — no stranger to verbal gaffes — will head to Iowa to campaign for Braley.