It was a historic day in the USA.
Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history during President Joe Biden’s first speech to Congress on Wednesday. The two women politicians were applauded and praised as they took their places on the podium, as it marked the first time that two women sat behind the president during a speech before Congress.
“Madam President, Madam Vice President. No president has ever said those words from this podium,” exclaimed Biden at the beginning of their first joint session of Congress, adding: “And it was about time!”
Harris, 56, and Pelosi, 81, commemorated the special moment by sharing an elbow bump and also clapping their hands.
Before taking her seat and entering the House of Representatives, ABC reporter Allison Pecorin asked Harris, “What is the significance of two women sitting behind the president tonight?”
“Normal”, the vice president with pride voiced.
In 2007, Pelosi became the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House. She regained the job in January 2019. As for Harris, it was an emotional moment as she became the first female vice president, as well as the first person of color, to hold the job.
As the joint Congressional audience aired, celebrities and viewers alike took to social media to commemorate the iconic scene. Alyssa Milano tweeted a screenshot and added: “This is history right here. #Herstory #JointSession.”
Valerie Jarrett also wrote: “History! At last !!”
Yvette Nicole Brown also celebrated the moment, tweeting in part: “Tonight, two bright and principled women will be behind @ POTUS … Thank you for being role models to all of us @SpeakerPelosi and @VP.”
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