Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi Share Historic Moment During Congressional Joint Session
By Liz Calvario
JIM WATSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
It was a historic day in the U.S.
Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made history during President Joe Biden's first address to Congress on Wednesday. The two female politicians were applauded and praised as they took their places on the dais, as it marked the first time that two women sat behind the President during an address to Congress.
"Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President. No president has ever said those words from this podium," Biden exclaimed as he kicked off his first joint session of Congress, adding, "And it's about time!"
Harris, 56, and Pelosi, 81, commemorated the special moment by sharing an elbow bump and also applauding one another.
Applause rings out as Pres. Biden addresses "Madam Vice President."
"No president has ever said those words from this podium...and it's about time!"
In 2007, Pelosi became the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House. She regained the position in January 2019. As for Harris, it was an emotional moment when she became the first female Vice President, as well as the first person of color, to hold the position.
As the joint Congress hearing aired, celebrities and viewers alike took to social media to commemorate the iconic scene. Alyssa Milano tweeted a screenshot, adding, "This is history right here. #herstory #JointSession."
Yvette Nicole Brown also celebrated the moment, tweeting in part, "Tonight two brilliant, principled women will be standing behind @POTUS…Thanks for being role models for us all @SpeakerPelosi and @VP."
Tonight two brilliant, principled women will be standing behind @POTUS. And because of @emilyslist I got to meet and introduce one at an event and cyber meet & interview the other. Thanks for being role models for us all @SpeakerPelosi and @VP 💖💚!