Vice President Kamala Harris was caught in front of the podium as the White House announcer called the wrong name on Monday.
According to the Conservative Brief’s analysis, Biden and Harris were signing their bipartisan infrastructure deal on Monday when the announcer skipped Harris’s remarks.
Yahoo News reported, “Harris appeared to be passed over at the White House signing ceremony, with the event announcer introducing union political activist Heather Kurtenbach as the vice president stood at the podium.”
“Please welcome Heather Kurtenbach,” the announcer said as Harris stood at the podium, to which Harris replied after an awkward silence, “In a moment,” before telling the crowd to “Please have a seat.”
This mistake was the same week that CNN reported that Harris and President Joe Biden have been in sharp disagreement. “Kamala’s tenure is tracking Veep so closely it’s almost unsettling,” journalist Mark Hemmingway said.
“From the very start you welcomed Democrats, independents, and Republicans to meet with us in the Oval Office,” the vice president said immediately after during her prepared remarks “You welcomed ideas. You welcomed debate, all in the service of getting this bill done.”
“And here is what I know to be true, Mr. President, you are equal parts believer and builder’” she said. “And because you are, we are all better off. On behalf of our nation, thank you, Mr. President.”
And White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki jumped in on what seemed an overcorrection, sending a tweet insisting that Harris was a “vital partner” to Biden.
“For anyone who needs to hear it. @VPis not only a vital partner to @POTUS but a bold leader who has taken on key, important challenges facing the country—from voting rights to addressing root causes of migration to expanding broadband,” she said.