Oh Happy Day! Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will not only be the first woman vice president but also the first Black person and first person of Asian descent to hold the office.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris stressed unity in her victory speech on Saturday night.
Harris, who wore a white suit in tribute to the suffragette uniform, spoke outside Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, and made remarks before introducing President-elect Joe Biden.
“Congressman John Lewis, before his passing wrote ‘Democracy is not a state. It is an act.’ And what he meant was that America’s democracy is not guaranteed. It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it. To guard it and never take it for granted. And protecting our democracy takes struggle. It takes sacrifice. But there is joy in it. And there is progress. Because we, the people, have the power to build a better future,” the California senator, 56, began. “And when our very democracy was on the ballot in this election — with the very soul of America at stake and the world watching — you ushered in a new day for America. To our campaign staff and volunteers, this extraordinary team, thank you for bringing more people than ever before into the democratic process.”
Harris thanked the poll workers and election officials throughout the country who “tirelessly” worked to assure that all votes were counted on and after Election Day. “Our nation owes you a debt of gratitude. You have protected the integrity of our democracy,” she said. “And to the American people who make up our beautiful country, thank you for turning out in record numbers to make your voices heard. And I know times have been challenging, especially the last several months.”
Harris continued, “The grief, sorrow, and pain, the worries and the struggles, but we have also witnessed your courage, your resilience and the generosity of your spirit. For four years, you marched and organized for equality and justice, for our lives and for our planet and then you voted! And you delivered a clear message. You chose hope and unity, decency, science, and yes, truth! You chose Joe Biden as the next president of the United States of America!”
Further praising Biden, Harris called him a “healer, uniter, a tested and steady hand.”
“A person whose own experience of loss gives him a sense of purpose that will help us as a nation reclaim our own sense of purpose. And a man with a big heart who loves with abandon,” she said. “It’s his love for Jill, who will be an incredible first lady. It’s his love for Hunter and Ashley and his grandchildren and the entire Biden family. And while I first knew Joe as vice president, I really got to know him as the father who loved Beau, my dear friend who we remember here today.”
Then, Harris thanked her own family, including her husband Doug Emhoff. “And to my husband Doug and our children Cole and Ella and my sister Maya and our whole family, I love y’all more than I can ever express. We are so grateful to Joe and Jill for welcoming our family into theirs on this incredible journey,” she said.
Now the real work begins.
To beat this pandemic.
To rebuild our economy.
To root out systemic racism in our justice system and society.
To combat the climate crisis.
To heal the soul of our nation.
The road ahead won't be easy. But America is ready. And so are @JoeBiden and I.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 8, 2020
"All the women who have worked to secure and protect the right to vote for over a century … I stand on their shoulders," Vice President-elect Kamala Harris says. "…But while I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last." https://t.co/wPcVmefUYG pic.twitter.com/8MbQXziL5X
— CNN (@CNN) November 8, 2020
Such a proud moment for this Country, Women, especially Black Women. The only thing that would have made the speech better is if Kamala had hit em with a good ole ‘SKEE-WEE.’