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There was an awkward moment filled with mostly silence when Vice President Kamala Harris entered the room to meet with students visiting the White House Thursday from historically black colleges.
White House aide and former Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms built up Harris’ arrival, saying, “We have a very special guest, as you all know. I know you have been waiting on this special guest, our vice president.”
The aide listed some of the vice president’s resume, noting she had been a district attorney, attorney general of California, U.S. senator, and hinted at the “historic firsts” Harris achieved as being the nation’s first female and African American to hold her current office.
Bottoms also pointed out that Harris is a Howard University alum, which is an HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) institution.
“Will you all please stand as she enters the room,” Bottoms announced.
The students, who are all studying journalism, stood and many of them lifted their phones to record Harris as she walked in.
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