“Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President”: US makes history as Harris, Pelosi flank Biden in Congress
The United States made history when Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took their places on the House Rostrum before US President Joe Biden delivered his debut speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday. It was the first time in US history that two women sat on the House Rostrum behind the US President’s podium.
“Madam Speaker. Madam Vice President,” Biden said as several lawmakers gave a standing ovation to the first Female US Vice President and Speaker. “No president has ever said those words from this podium and it's about time,” he added, turning towards the two women and applauding them. First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff also joined in the ovation.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, only a limited number of lawmakers could attend the joint session of Congress. According to reports, it is the first time that two women sat in the House Rostrum, marking a milestone in the 245-year history of the United States of America. Reportedly, Many Americans and people all over the world tuned in to witness this historic moment in the making.
It must be noted that VP Harris and Speaker Pelosi are the first and second in the presidential line of succession. Both speakers had to wear masks as it was a policy implemented in the Congress to check spread against Covid-19.
During his speech, President Biden said that America is “on the move again”. He praised the successful mass vaccination against Covid-19 and added that the vaccine rollout is one of the United States’ greatest logical achievements. “We are working again, dreaming again, discovering again, leading the world again. We have shown each other and the world that there is no quit in America,” the President said.
Biden added that America must focus on rebuilding the economy and fighting inequality. He said that the working class have been ignored and his plans would give them a chance.