Is this the end of Kamala Harris? Biden seemingly gives veep the cold shoulder at DC event
Rumors of infighting between President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris continued to circulate, after a tense appearance at a DC soup kitchen on November 23. Joined by First Lady Jill and Second Husband Doug Emhoff, the President appeared to ignore Harris at the pre-Thanksgiving photo op. It didn't take long for social media to notice too, with one person saying "trouble was cooking" in the kitchen.
Reportedly, Harris is upset that she's been tasked with "thankless" responsibilities like the border crisis, leaving her "overworked" as she hinted at back in July. To address the rift, the White House organized for the two to share a hug while Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on the South Lawn. Needless to say, it didn't help much and only stirred the pot further.
Interestingly though, Jill Biden appeared to warm enough to Harris, despite rumors that she too was having issues with the VP. We may never know the full extent of what's happening between the Biden and Harris, but whatever it is was given plenty of oxygen by their soup kitchen visit.
Biden ignores Harris at kitchen
The President and VP were joined by their spouses for the photo op at the DC Central Kitchen on November 23. Moments before they began serving, Jill directed Harris to a spot on Biden's right. "Come on, Kamala!" Jill said, leading the VP to respond gleefully, "I’m here!" Biden appeared to ignore his VP and instead turned to his left where chef Dawain Arrington was standing.
The four then helped assemble meal kits, with Harris scooping the beans and Biden placing turkeys. But while the First Lady and Second Husband appeared to share some warm moments, the same couldn't be said for Biden and Harris. The President didn't acknowledge her when she stood next to him and appeared engrossed in a conversation with Arrington. A reporter then asked the President what he was grateful for, to which Biden put an arm around Arrington and replied, "The people I’m standing next to are what I’m thankful for. He got up. He was knocked down, but he got up."
The POTUS and VP didn't appear to exchange any words at the event, after which he departed to Nantucket with his family. Reportedly, Biden will celebrate Thanksgiving at the compound of billionaire David Rubenstein. While Fox News chose to turn that bit of news into a scandal, social media users couldn't help but mock Biden's cold shoulder.
'Probably just didn’t know who she was'
"Seems trouble is cooking between Biden & Harris," one user tweeted. Another joked, "Probably just didn’t know who she was." One user mocked, "He didn’t recognize her! #Dementia." Another user said, "Well Biden is old ..your always cold when you're old."
Seems trouble is cooking between Biden & Harris. https://t.co/6PZxwCUFws— C. St. James🐺 (@wolfgang_sj) November 24, 2021
Probably just didn’t know who she was.— The Biddle (@The_Biddle) November 24, 2021
Well Biden is old ..your always cold when you're old— Anthony Keiji (@AnthonyKeiji23) November 24, 2021
Some users rushed to defend the President, comparing him to his predecessor, but a large number of reactions appeared to be mocking Biden's gaffes ability to lose his bearings. The news isn't ideal for the duo, given their collapsing poll numbers. Jen Psaki has attempted to deny the rumors of trouble between the two, but it certainly appears as if Biden isn't helping matters.