From the very moment that Joe Biden was elected President, there were political observers wondering just how active the septuagenarian Commander in Chief would be.
To be fair, these concerns began long before Biden actually took the reins of the nation, with then-President Donald Trump repeatedly referring to Biden as “Sleepy Joe” – a moniker meant to denote his advanced age.
This, along with Biden’s light campaign schedule, led many to wonder if Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris would be assuming a heavy workload in the administration.
This is apparently exactly correct.
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Press secretary Jen Psaki said the current White House website refers to the “Biden-Harris” administration to underscore the vice president’s “important role.”
A reporter asked Psaki in a news briefing Tuesday what message could be taken from the “rebranding” of the Biden administration to the Biden-Harris administration. Previous White Houses have primarily emphasized the president on their website and social media channels, although more recently, the vice president’s role has been highlighted.
“I would take from it that Vice President Harris is an important partner, she’s the first in the room and the last in the room on most occasions if she’s in town,” Psaki said, adding that it was a “reflection of the important role she will play moving forward.”
Both Biden and Harris are also listed on the White House’s main Twitter page, with the bio reading: “Welcome to the Biden-Harris White House!”
Both Harris and Biden have slipped in the past, referring to either the “Harris administration” or “President-elect Harris” – a mistake that has only fueled speculation about the breadth of Biden’s workflow in the West Wing.
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