Joe Biden has wanted to be president since at least 1988, the first time he ran and then abandoned his campaign after confessing to plagiarism.
But since becoming the nominee this time and even after being elected, Biden keeps referring to his running mate and now vice president, Kamala Harris, as “president.”
He did it again on Thursday.
In a speech outlining his plan to boost vaccines, Biden said, “Tomorrow, we will hit 100 million doses our administration has administered. I’ve always said that’s just the floor, we will not stop until we beat this pandemic. Next week I’ll announce our next goal to put shots in arms.”
He then added, “We’re also supplying vaccines to community health centers to reach those who have been the hardest hit. The hardest hit and suffered the most, especially black, Latino, Native American, and rural communities. This is really important because we believe that speed and efficiency must be matched with fairness and equity. Now when President Harris and I took a virtual tour of a vaccination center in Arizona, not long ago, one of the nurses on that tour injecting people, giving vaccinations, said that each shot was like administering a dose of hope. A dose of hope. That’s how she phrased it.”
Biden referred to “President-elect Harris” in late December, nearly two months after the election.
Three months before that, Biden at a campaign event referred to the “Harris-Biden administration.”
Harris herself got swept up in the hoopla. Campaigning last September, she, too, referred to the “Harris administration.”
Considering that Biden has allowed Harris to handle some conversations with high-profile foreign leaders and take point on some issues, one cannot blame either one for confusing who is actually running the show – much like Biden recently forgot the name of his own defense secretary.
Biden once referred to himself as a “gaffe machine.” Somehow, it’s easy to believe that Vice President Harris won’t mind if her boss continues to make Americans get used to the sound of “President Harris.”