The United States Vice President; Kamala Harris and House Speaker; Nancy Pelosi, have made history after they stand side by side on the stage while President Joe Biden addresses a first joint session of Congress.
This is the first time in nearly 245-year US history that two women sat behind a US President during an address to Congress.
” Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President,” Biden said at the start of his speech. “No president has ever said those words from this podium. No president has ever said those words. And it’s about time.”
Kamala Harris, who is also the first Black person and the first South Asian person to hold the role, is sitting on the President’s right as he delivers remarks. And Pelosi, who became the first woman in her role in 2007, is on the President’s left.
In his opening remarks, Biden thanks his Vice President, the first woman to serve in that role in American history.
“Thank you all – Madame Speaker, Madame Vice President. From this podium, no President’s ever said those words – and it’s about time,” the President said.
“For the first time in American history, behind the President when he speaks, will be two women: a woman Vice President, and a woman Speaker of the House. Presidents have been addressing Congress since George Washington did it,” White House chief of staff; Ron Klain noted during a conversation with Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service.
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He concluded, “It wasn’t until 14 years ago that the first time one of those seats was filled by a woman. So it took a long time to get to that milestone. Fourteen years later, for the first time, there’ll be two women behind the President.”
This is simply an indication of women in power in their respective roles.