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Vice President Kamala Harris has not come to the realization that so many in the rest of the free world have. She is just not funny.
When she appeared on “The Late Show’ with host Stephen Colbert this week she regaled him, and the audience, with a story of how one of her staffers was so inept that the Secret Service had to lock her out of her office.
She told the host when she faced “one of those moments” when her job was like the television show “Veep.”
“There are bits of it that are actually quite accurate,” she said to the host about her job mirroring the television show.
“Last week, my team, we were having long days as usual, and a member of my team decided to do something really sweet for me,” she said. “I was out of my office in the West Wing. I was having a meeting across the street, and we’re walking back toward my office, and he said, ‘I need to tell you something.’”
“The winter is almost over. It’s really cold today. We haven’t lit your fireplace. So I decided when you were in that meeting to light the fireplace,” she remembered the aide saying to her.
“But he forgot to open the flue,” she said with her trademark cackle.
“So Secret Service was like, ‘Ma’am, you cannot go back to your office,’ because there was smoke everywhere,” the vice president said.
“But it was the sweetest gesture,” she said. “So there are those moments.”
Kamala Harris confirms what we already know: her vice presidency is an episode of Veep pic.twitter.com/RZpUqd2xkJ
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On the show, she struggled to explain what her actual job as vice president is as she continued the “Veep” comparison.
“One of the themes of the show is that her character, Selina Meyer, is frustrated by the sometimes vague duties of the role. It’s a high constitutional office but does not describe what you’re supposed to be doing. Does that ring true? Like, what’s the actual role on a daily basis as you have found it?” the host said.
“Well, I have the great privilege of serving with Joe Biden, who is the President of the United States… and was vice president,” the vice president said.
“Does he understand what it’s like to be vice president?” Colbert said.
“He does, he does,” the vice president said. “He really is a true partner and he understands that job. And remember, we came in during the height of the pandemic. And so much of the work was about okay, we’ve got to cover a lot of bases, and let’s figure out between us how we can do it. But he’s an extraordinary leader and I wish people could see what I see because there’s only one person who sits behind that Resolute Desk. And the decisions that a person has to make are the decisions that nobody else in the country can make. And he’s an extraordinary leader. He really is.”
“That’s an excellent answer and, uh, the question was what’s the job of the vice president,” the host said, triggering the vice president’s well-known cackle. “And your answer is part of the job, I’m guessing.”
In another part of the interview, Colbert asked Harris about the “calculus” involved in approving the Willow Master Development Plan (MDP) Project which he said broke a campaign promise where he said there would be no more oil drilling on federal lands.
“Number one, no more subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, no more drilling on federal lands, no more drilling, including offshore, no ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period, ends, number one,” Biden said in the promise.
“How do you square that with the president has said that, there will be no new drilling licenses issued on public land, and then approving the Willow Oil project in Alaska? People are saying that’s breaking a campaign promise. What’s the calculus there?” the host said.
“Well, I understand the concerns that have been made. But here’s the thing. When you look at what our administration has done, it’s historic in terms of an investment in a clean energy economy,” the vice president said.
“We are putting America back on the map globally, recognizing that we must live up to our role, in terms of our ability to invest in the future, create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And again, traveling the world, they are watching what we are doing as an example and as a challenge to nations around the world and what can be done to address this issue,” she said.
“I would say that we have been quite bold in terms of the advances that we are making thus far, but we have more to do.
“But look at, for example, what we’re doing around electric vehicles. We have just passed legislation that means that people will get rebates not only if you buy a new electric vehicle, but more importantly, rebates on used electric vehicles,” the vice president said.
“We are investing in the manufacturing of electric busses, electric school busses. We are partnering with the apprenticeship programs, IBEW, and others who are training our workforce to do some of the most advanced work that can be done. So there’s a lot of good work happening,” she said.
“Was there any discussion in the White House about what the blowback would be for approving the Willow Oil project? Because people have gotten quite upset about it. I think there are some protesters outside right now,” the host said, which led to another of the vice president’s trademark word jumble nonanswers.
Kamala Harris on left-wing protests over the Willow Project:
"I think that the concerns are based on what we should all be concerned about, but the solutions have to be, and include, what we are doing in terms of going forward in terms of investments." pic.twitter.com/QZLU7OXIsO
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“Well, I think that the concerns are based on what we should all be concerned about. But the solutions have to be, and include, what we are doing in terms of going forward, in terms of investments,” she said.