Harris struggles to explain role of VP during chat with Stephen Colbert

 March 19, 2023

Though Vice President Kamala Harris' history of blunders, gaffes, and word salad soliloquies have often drawn comparisons to the hapless character of Selina Meyer on HBO series Veep, it was not until Wednesday's episode of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert that the parallels were confirmed as true, as Fox News reports.

During her sit-down with the show's liberal stalwart host, Harris guffawed her way through an explanation of how similar her life as vice president sometimes is to the depictions in the aforementioned comedy, while struggling to articulate exactly what her job entails.

Embarrassing similarities

As their conversation got rolling, Harris referenced Colbert's affinity for Veep and did not hesitate to admit that daily operations in her office are frequently analogous to those depicted on the show.

“I know you love Veep,” Harris began, prompting Colbert to inquire whether the series was, in the vice president's experience, true to life.

Startlingly, Harris declared, “There are bits of it that are actually quite accurate” before recounting what she clearly intended to be a funny anecdote about a time when a closed fireplace flue in her office led to an inundation of smoke.

The vice president went on to reveal that she had an opportunity to meet Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who brought the character of Selina Meyer to the screen, before delving further into the analogies between that fictional portrayal and her own daily experiences.

“What's the actual role?”

Piggybacking on their discussion of the popular series, Colbert observed, “One of the themes of the show is that her character, Selina Meyer, is frustrated by the sometimes-vague duties of the role. It's a high constitutional office but does not describe what you're supposed to be doing.”

“Does that ring true? Colbert asked Harris. “Like, what's the actual role on a daily basis as you have found it?”

It was then that Harris launched into one of her characteristically rambling, non-responsive answers, saying, “Well, I have the great privilege of serving with Joe Biden, who is the president of the United States...and was vice president.”

Continuing to riff more on Biden than about her own job, Harris said, “He really is a true partner and he understands that job. And remember, we came in during the height of the pandemic. And so much of the work was about okay, we've got to cover a lot of bases and let's figure out between us how we can do it.”

“Uh, the question was...”

Attempting to politely call out Harris' failure to answer what was actually asked, Colbert said, “That's an excellent answer, and, uh, the question was what's the job of the vice president.”

After letting loose with a gale of cackles, Harris rambled on about having attended the Munich Security Conference and having “met with over 100 world leaders. Presidents, prime ministers, chancellors, and kings.”

Though Colbert was never likely to hold Harris' feet to the fire and insist on a real answer to his question, the exchange was still sufficient to reveal the vice president's general state of uncertainty about just what it is she contributes to the administration's overall mission.

Whether the utterly embarrassing tone of the interview was due more to Harris' own shortcomings or the fact that, as John Nance Garner once said, the office in which she serves is little more than “a spare tire on the automobile of government,” the overall impression made by the vice president was less than impressive to say the least.

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