While the Constitution does not assign many official duties to a US Vice President, the VP’s importance can hardly be overestimated, because he/she is one heartbeat away from the Presidency. And when you have a President that is 78 years old and does not appear to be in the best physical shape, the character of the VP becomes paramount.
Let’s review the duties of the US Vice President:
The only other formally recognized duty of the Vice President is to preside over and certify the tally of electoral college votes after a Presidential election has taken place.
However, the role also brings with it many visible, informal responsibilities. These would typically vary depending upon the relationship between the President and Veep of the day, but have typically included:
- Making public appearances representing the President
- Performing ceremonial duties in place of the President
- Acting as an adviser to the President
- Meeting with heads of state or government of other countries
Historically, Vice Presidents had many important responsibilities.
For example, Richard Nixon was given the task of running cabinet meetings in the absence of President Eisenhower, and Nixon acted on his behalf on two occasions when Eisenhower suffered a heart attack, and then a stroke.
Dick Cheney was an especially powerful vice-president, who as a former Secretary of Defense, advised President Bush on defense and national security issues, and is heavily credited as one of the main architects of the Iraq War.
Mike Pence’s Vice Presidential record was remarkable.
- In February 2017, Mike Pence issued a stark warning to Iran: “Iran would do well not to test the resolve of this new president. Iran should think twice about their continued hostile and belligerent actions.”
- In April 2017, Mike Pence put North Korea on notice, warning that recent U.S. military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed the resolve of President Donald Trump should not be tested.
- The same month, Mike Pence traveled to Indonesia to support democracy and praise moderate Islam.
- In February 2018, during his trip to Olympics in Pyeongchang, Mike Pence skipped a dinner at which he was expected to share a table with North Korea’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam, a sister of North Korean murderous dictator Kim Jon Un.
- Finally, during the final year of the Trump administration, Mike Pence headed the Coronavirus Task Force which oversaw the development of multiple Covid vaccines in just 10 months.
In comparison, in her 4 months as Vice President, Kamala Harris has distinguished herself shockingly little. She has not issued many public statements aside from praising criminals and trashing her country. She has taken no overseas trips. So far, her duties seem to be solely limited to accompanying Joe Biden to his limited public engagements – a role that is the best fit for a nurse, rather than a Vice President.
Here is Kamala Harris making sure Joe Biden signs at the correct line.
Here is Kamala Harris making sure Joe Biden does not drop the executive order folder.
Here is Kamala Harris making sure Joe knows what he is signing.
Here is Kamala Harris being a potted plant as Joe Biden delivers remarks at the State Department.
Aside from making sure that Joe Biden can find the nearest bathroom, it is unclear what VP Harris’s duties at the White House are. So far, her only accomplishment was blatantly refusing to follow her boss’ order to lead the efforts to solve the Southern Border crisis. Her outreach to the media often entails randomly laughing at situations nobody finds funny – a dead giveaway of an insecure person not being able to defend her positions.
Despite the fact that Kamala Harris’ role at the White House is less prominent than that of a housekeeper, VP Harris is largely viewed as an acting President.
Here is Kamala Harris envisioning her future role on September 15th, 2020.
Here is Joe Biden agreeing with her on December 29th, 2020.
Here is Joe Biden referring to Kamala Harris as President on March 18th, 2021.
In March, the White House released a memo officially recognizing Kamala Harris as an acting President. The release of the memo immediately following Joe Biden’s Air Force One stair accident is purely coincidental.
“Please be sure to reference the current administration as the ‘Biden-Harris Administration’ in official public communications,” the directive reads, with “Biden-Harris Administration” accented in bold.
Kamala Harris enjoys less popularity in this country than Covid. It is obvious that Joe Biden does not have any use for her, following this embarrassment at the Presidential Debate. She is also not well-liked by the American people, having to drop out of the Presidential race with under 3 point support – which she dutifully blamed on “systemic racism”. VP Kamala finds no irony serving for a man who she once publicly called out for being “hurtful” and “working with segregationists.”
VP Kamala is probably smart enough to realize that the only qualifications Joe Biden’s handlers considered when picking her as the Vice Presidential candidate was her race and gender. To this day, she does not mind that her main role continues to be serving as one of the Biden administration’s diversity checkboxes.
When Kamala Harris was first named as Vice Presidential candidate, this “achievement” was lauded by many as a huge step for all women. Her Vice Presidential career thus far has proven that nothing can be further from the truth. Despite her title, Kamala Harris is less consequential for this country than Rachel Levine.
If Joe Biden’s mental and physical abilities continue to deteriorate, Kamala Harris may indeed end up being the first woman President in US history. That will be a deep shame because she would have achieved that role not because she was qualified or representing a women’s remarkable accomplishments in this country at all.
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