“Even in dark times, we not only dream, we do. We not only see what has happened, we see what can happen,” she said. “This is the American aspiration.”
The president and his No. 2 luncheon together on Friday, with Biden writing on Facebook, “A new administration means a new lunch partner.” It is a tradition that the White House says will continue and will be deeply valuable in its years in favor of a Biden Obama.
It will be important to develop that relationship as the pair will make their way to governance for the next four years. While Biden spent more than four decades in the halls of Congress and the White House, Harris – who served in the Senate for four years – is a relative newcomer to Washington’s power corridors.
Those close to the history-making vice president say he is navigating that new reality, familiarizing himself with the rhythms of the West Wing and executive government but eager to help solve the country’s many crises .
“When she said,” It’s time to work, she wasn’t joking, “a White House official told CNN. “
On his first full day in the White House on Thursday, Harris sat in his office early in the morning to read the letter left by Mike Pence for the vice presidential post. The assistant rejected the contents of the letter as personal. But Harris and his predecessor have enjoyed a slightly more cordial, though still delayed, relationship compared to Biden and Trump.
Harris and Pence spoke by phone on Wednesday before the inauguration and then at the feet of the Capitol following a peaceful transfer of power. The two left open the possibility of speaking in the future, an administration official said, similar to the conversations Biden had with Pence when he took over as vice president.
But people close to Harris say he would lean on Biden himself to figure out how to work.
“It is not difficult for President Biden to do this because he lives on his own and he knows the value of it. He knows that he has brought value to President Obama in many ways and he wants Vice President Harris out. ” Carney, who once worked as Biden’s vice president of communications.
So far, Harris has spent most of his time working out of his office in the West Wing. While Biden’s Oval Office is fully decorated, officials say Harris’ work is still in progress, missing emotional remains and busts, but a deep navy blue wall and her mother, husband, sister, Written by niece and one of a handful of photographs. To him and Biden.
The former prosecutor will adjust to this new work life, as he himself is in a sort of turmoil. Instead of going to the official vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory, Harris and her husband Doug Amhoff temporarily moved across the street from the White House to the Blair House on Thursday night. This is a small accolade, but one official cited an increase in security as the main benefit – an upgrade from the hard-to-fortify mega-unit condo building to Harris’ occupation in DC.
According to White House officials, the Naval Observatory has a replacement chimney liner and other home maintenance that will be “more easily operated with the house,” among the Vice President’s home updates.
A White House official said that it is the Navy that manages the decades-old property and orders maintenance.
Other possible updates may ultimately include the kitchen, a source said. A self-proclaimed cooking aficionado during the campaign, Harris shared recipes and cooking videos. The new Vice President has said that he is returning to host a Sunday dinner with his family in an effort to create some normalcy.
Officials and those close to Harris believe that his portfolio and how he will define himself over time are directly linked to the epidemic and economic Biden faces in his first term. At least initially, she will not have any specific portfolio because the couple works outside which she should prioritize. It is a preliminary arrangement that allows him to be involved in everything from the beginning.
A senior adviser and top spokesperson for Harris, Simone Sanders, said, “His focus is on how his office can support and enhance the administration’s agenda.”
Harris has also undertaken a few solo ventures, involving both foreign and domestic partners. On Friday, she spoke at a SEIU executive board meeting, according to a source, calling a private call her official daily guidance program. A day earlier, he called the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros spoke to Adholm Ghebayeus, confirming a call that he looked forward to his foreign policy experience.
In the days before Biden introduced his massive $ 1.9 trillion coronovirus relief package, Harris was positioned to have mayors around the country to preview the law.
“Right now, the president has faced four major challenges that require everyone to bring their best thinking to the table and is committed to being the best partner for this president,” Harris political activist Minion Moore, Joe manages Harris’ transition. , Told CNN in an interview.
As a new White House has understood the complexities of the Kovid-19, Harris is not expected to travel abroad within the first six months of the new administration, an official said, but domestic travel may come soon.
Harris could also once again be the face on Capitol Hill, as he holds the title of Senate tie-breaker of a 50-50 majority Democrat. She has been vocal that she hopes not to cast a vote for “common ground” on the law through bipartisanship.
“The goal is not to pass everything with 51 votes,” said a source. “If they are going to vote in the Senate, where the outcome is not known … that is basically to live in DC. International trips, national trips for small businesses or wherever – that really can’t happen, Which is a new dynamic they have to deal with. “
Another source talked about it in more personal terms.
The source said, “It doesn’t help to make her friends long-term. If she’s running in 2024 or 2028, she’s starting to think about what she needs, senators.”