We’ve talked before about the scattered reports over the last 15 months or so regarding alleged tensions between the Biden and Harris camps, with Biden’s team reportedly annoyed over the veep’s inability to appropriately handle the tasks given to her by Joe Biden, and the Harris camp’s mindset being that Biden’s staff is all too eager to pin his multitude of failures on her.
The tensions between Harris and Biden seemed to heat up in public when Harris and his spouse visited D.C. to help those who were in greatest need. Videos and photos from the event showed Biden appearing to snub Harris at various points, with him spending most of his time talking to the kitchen’s chef.
We learned more recently from a book by two New York Times journalists that the situation has worsened between both parties. Biden’s comms director Kate Bedingfield let some unpleasant truths about Harris slip through her fingers.
“In private, Bedingfield had taken to noting that the vice presidency was not the first time in Harris’s political career that she had fallen short of sky-high expectations: Her Senate office had been messy and her presidential campaign had been a fiasco. Perhaps, she suggested, the problem was not the vice president’s staff,” Martin and Burns write.
New information from RealClearNews White House reporter Philip Wegmann supports claims that there’s a growing gap between the camps and between Harris and Biden.
At the start of Biden’s presidency, Biden vowed to have lunch once a week with Harris as that was a tradition he and former President Barack Obama had when they were both in office, which Biden viewed as way to have meaningful discussions about agendas and policies beyond the smoke and noise outside the White House.
But according to RCN, those lunches haven’t happened that often since they took office, which suggests there is indeed trouble in paradise:
And yet, according to a review of the president’s public schedule by RealClearPolitics, Biden and Harris have only sat down to lunch twice this year, a significant drop when compared to the 12 times they shared the meal together by this same point last year.
Biden and Harris have shared lunch together this year because of major developments. They shared lunch together on February 8th, when they were continuing to search for the Supreme Court nominee to succeed retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. Another meal was served on March 30th shortly after Biden had returned from Warsaw to rallies the West following the invasion of Ukraine.
However, there are rumors of an uneasy start to the couple’s working relationship. Biden has tried to duplicate the dynamic with Harris that he enjoyed with Obama, but he reportedly hasn’t been able to recreate the same sense of camaraderie. In an excerpt of their new book, “This Will Not Pass,” obtained early by Politico, Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns of the New York Times write that “their weekly lunches lacked a real depth of personal and political intimacy.”
White House aides Wegmann spoke to blamed scheduling conflicts and the pandemic for the reason Harris and Biden haven’t lunched together hardly any this year, but that doesn’t pass the smell test. The pandemic was inarguably more widespread last year than it has been this year – plus, as he’s routinely demonstrated, Joe Biden has no qualms about walking around maskless in a crowded room while standing close to folks and talking and laughing with them. So outside of when Harris’ husband and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff caught the coronavirus in mid-March, what’s the excuse?
Only they and those closest to them know, but I suspect that part of the reason is that Biden is aware that Harris has not only failed in the responsibilities he’s handed to her but that she has also become a big liability for Democrats, as evidenced by the White House sending her to obscure parts of the country that Democrats have no realistic chances of winning, and in a crucial election year at that.
The other part, I’m guessing, is that Biden was never overly fond of her to begin with. Remember, Biden was forced to pick her by the “woke” wing of the party who indicated in 2020 that there would be hell to pay if he didn’t choose a black woman to be his running mate. Additionally, Dr. Jill doesn’t like Harris.
Resentment will build up when you are forced to make such decisions instead of being allowed the opportunity to select someone with whom you can feel at ease and with whom you trust you complement you. This is especially true considering Biden is not a spring chicken, and needed to take on the responsibility that goes with their positions.
Harris has shown on multiple fronts that she’s just not that person. For all of Biden’s faults – and there are many – I can’t really blame him for not wanting to be around her much. I wouldn’t want to, either. Then again, in Kamala Harris’ defense, I wouldn’t want to be around Creepy Joe much, either.
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