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“Madam Speaker. Madam Vice President”: History Made At Biden Speech

“Madam Speaker. Madam Vice President”: Made At Speech

'Madam Speaker. Madam Vice President': History Made At Biden Speech

The moment marked a milestone in the nation’s nearly 245-year history.

Highlights

  • Harris and Pelosi were seated behind and on either side of Biden
  • The moment marked a milestone in the nation’s nearly 245-year history
  • is the nation’s first female vice president

Washington, :

When US President delivered his debut speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, history was made behind him, with two powerful women taking their places on the rostrum for the first time.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has been in the position before during presidential speeches.

But with the addition this time of Kamala Harris, the nation’s first female vice president, the two people seated behind and on either side of Biden as tuned in on their TV screens for the primetime address were women.

“Madam Speaker. Madam Vice President,” Biden said proudly, turning to the women and clapping as he began his address.

“No president has ever said those words from this podium,” he added, “And it’s about time.”

The chamber, with a limited number of lawmakers on hand due to guidelines, burst into applause, as First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff joined in the ovation.

The moment marked a milestone in the nation’s nearly 245-year history, and female lawmakers noted the symbolism regarding the strides that women have taken to reach positions of American power.

“Like so many women, I feel pride in this moment and seeing this representation,” House Democrat Barbara Lee posted on Twitter. “It’s long overdue.”

It also marked a first of another sort: both the speaker and the vice president were wearing masks, another key plank of policies implemented in Congress beginning last year to guard against the spread of .

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Harris and Pelosi are the first and second, respectively, in the presidential line of succession.

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