Outside of the East Wing of the White House, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who could name an accomplishment by Vice President Kamala Harris with resorting to Google.
It’s been this way from the very onset of her first term, and the vague nature of her role has been the single most prominent narrative surrounding Harris.
Things are so bad that even liberal-leaning Stephen Colbert couldn’t keep Harris from awkwardly having to sidestep questions about what her job actually is.
Harris began her exchange with Colbert on Wednesday by acknowledging her life as VP is similar to what’s depicted on the HBO comedy “Veep.”
“I know you love ‘Veep,’” Harris pointed with her finger at Colbert.
“I do! I love ‘Veep.’ Is it accurate?” Colbert jokingly asked.
Vice President Kamala Harris awkwardly laughs after “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert called her out for not answering his question about what the “actual role” of a vice president is. (Screenshots/CBS)
“There are bits of it that are actually quite accurate,” Harris grinned before sharing an anecdote about how one of her staffers accidently filled her office with smoke by lighting the fireplace without opening the flue.
Colbert then teed up a softball for the Vice President, but Harris whiffed.
“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?” Colbert asked.
Vice President Kamala Harris admitted her life as VP is similar to the fictitious Selina Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in the HBO comedy “Veep.” (HBO)
“Well, I have the great privilege of serving with Joe Biden, who is the President of the United States… and was vice president,” Harris responded.
The late night host then took a shot at Harris’ gibberish.
“Does he understand what it’s like to be vice president?” Colbert then asked.
“He does, he does,” Harris replied. “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 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,” Colbert grinned, causing Harris to burst out laughing. “And your answer is part of the job, I’m guessing.”
Defining Harris’ role in the administration has been a murky job, certainly, we would have expected the VP herself to have an actual answer.
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