WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden‘s tackle to Congress broke a historic glass ceiling on Wednesday, as two ladies – Vice President Kamala Harris and Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi – sat behind the president for the primary time in US historical past.
The seating association carried a symbolic that means for the development of US ladies in latest a long time, since Harris and Pelosi stand first and second within the presidential line of succession, respectively.
Harris, the primary girl and the primary Black and Asian individual to function vice chairman, sat to Biden’s proper. Pelosi, who turned the primary girl speaker of the Home of Representatives in 2007, sat to his left.
The 2 ladies are enjoying a significant position within the early days of the Biden presidency, with Harris as an in depth adviser and tie-breaker in an evenly divided Senate and Pelosi serving to to marshal the president’s legislative agenda by Congress.
Biden spoke to a joint session of the Home and Senate with attendance restricted to implement social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harris arrived forward of Biden and Pelosi affectionately took the vice chairman’s hand as she reached the dais earlier than rapidly switching to a pandemic-appropriate elbow bump.
“Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President,” Biden stated as he addressed the group. “No president has ever stated these phrases from this podium, no president has ever stated these phrases. And it is about time!”