"We not only dream, we do."
Kamala Harris has been sworn in as America’s new Vice President and is making history as the first Vice President of South Asian and Black descent.
This addition of ‘colour’ to the US presidency has hopefully turned on the white-dominated administrations of the past. And distinguished the flame for racial representation in the Whitehouse.
As a result of her inauguration, Kamala Harris is the highest-ranking female ever in the US government, an incredible achievement.
Her oath was taken alongside president-elect Joe Biden in Washington DC on January 20, 2021.
This 2021 ceremony which attracts the attention of millions globally, was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and had to be a safety-conscious affair.
Kamala was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer. Escorting her to the podium was Eugene Goodman, the police officer seen defending the US Capitol during its storming on January 6th.
Who is Vice President Kamala Harris?
Born in California in 1964, Kamala is the daughter of an Indian biologist and a Jamaican economist.
The name Kamala means ‘lotus’ in Sanskrit.
Kamala studied Political Science and Economics at Howard University in Washington DC, an institution widely-known as a historically black college.
After attending law school in California, she then went on to become the state’s attorney general in 2010.
In 2016, Kamala won the US Senate race in California against fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez.
Now she is making history as the first black, female, and South Asian person to become Vice President of the United States.
Kamala began launching her own presidential campaign in 2019, with the slogan “Kamala Harris For The People”.
After dropping out of the race in December 2019, Joe Biden chose her as his running mate for his own campaign. The pair then went on to win the presidential election in November 2020.
In an emotional moment after the historic win, Kamala went to reveal the good news to President Biden over the phone while out for a run.
“We did it,” she said and added:
“We did it, Joe. You’re going to be the next President of the United States.”
In Kamala’s first speech as Vice President at the Inauguration ceremony, she said:
“We not only dream, we do. We not only see what has been, we see what can be.
“We shoot for the moon and then we plant our flag on it.
“We are bold, fearless, and ambitious.”
The American people voted for change, and Kamala Harris already seems to be providing it in more ways than one.