People Are Celebrating Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi's History-Making Workday
For the first time ever, two women joined the President at the podium during the first joint session with Congress.
History was made tonight. President Joe Biden was joined by Madame Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at the podium for the first Presidential Address with Congress 100 days into his presidency.
For the first time in history, the President was standing to make the joint address with two women behind him, and President Biden took a moment to acknowledge this long-overdue milestone. "Madame Speaker. Madame Vice President. No president has ever said those words from this podium. No president has ever said those words and it's about time."
The two women entered the chamber and greeted each other with an elbow bump. During the address, President Biden also demanded that it's time women in America receive equal pay. "Equal pay!" he said. "It's been much too long!"
Earlier on Wednesday, Pelosi appeared on MSNBC saying she was "excited" for the historical night. "It's pretty exciting. And it's wonderful to make history. It's about time," she said on Andrea Mitchell Reports. "I made history when I was the first speaker to be standing behind President Bush. And he made note of that. Now this is just so exciting."
Twitter celebrated this historic moment for women and women of color in this country. Congressman Andy Kim wrote "While getting my boys breakfast today I showed them this poster of @kamalaharris and explained that tonight for first time we will have two women presiding over Biden's address to Congress, and first time an Asian American has that honor. Younger one said 'Woah.' I agree. Woah."