The US. vice president Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history on Wednesday as the first women to share the stage in Congress during a presidential address.
For the first time in US history, both of those positions are now held by women: Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President,” Biden said as he took the podium. “No president has ever said those words from this podium and it’s about time.”
In President Joe Biden’s first prime-time speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, he was flanked by Pelosi and Harris, two California Democrats. Quoting from VOA.
‘It’s very exciting, it’s so exciting to be up there with Kamala Harris the Vice President of the United States. Not just a woman, but an African American woman, an Asian American woman. A minority woman,” Pelosi said in an interview with abcnews.
“It is historic but we can always just be looking forward, that’s what our role is,” Pelosi continued.
“I tell kids who come here, see all these statues. It’s important that we memorialize and honor those who gave us the country we have but they would want us to be looking forward.”
“This is history right here,” actress Alyssa Milano noted tonight after watching Harris and Pelosi knock elbows.
Historian Mark Updegrove, CEO of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and an ABC News contributor, said the sight of Harris and Pelosi together behind Biden will show American politics at a “turning point.”
Here are more reactions to Biden’s historic presidential address below.
History will be made tonight when President Biden addresses Congress.— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) April 28, 2021
For the 1st time in history, two women will sit behind the President.
Cheers to VP Kamala Harris & Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, for blazing a trail 245 years in the making. https://t.co/MzfkSX53Pm
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris — for the first time in history two women at the front of the chamber — greet one another, grabbing hands and bumping elbows.— Matt Viser (@mviser) April 29, 2021