Stephen Colbert, host of the “Late Show,” sat down with Vice President Kamala Harris for an interview. Over the course of the conversation, Colbert reportedly asked her an unexpected question and got an unusual answer regarding her position in the executive branch of the government.
Harris started out her conversation with Colbert on Wednesday by conceding that her life as vice president is comparable to what is portrayed on the HBO comedy series “Veep.”
“There are bits of it that are actually quite accurate,” Harris responded after Colbert asked her if the show was an accurate portrayal of her role as vice-president.
“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? Like, what’s the actual role on a daily basis as you have found it?” Colbert continued.
“Well, I have the great privilege of serving with Joe Biden, who is the President of the United States… and was vice president,” Harris responded.
“Does he understand what it’s like to be vice president?” Colbert inquired.
“He does, he does. 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. But he’s an extraordinary leader and I wish people could see what I see because there’s only one person who sits behind that Resolute Desk. And the decisions that person has to make are the decisions that nobody else in the country can make. And he’s an extraordinary leader. He really is.” Harris said in reploy
“That’s an excellent answer and, uh, the question was what’s the job of the vice president. And your answer is part of the job, I’m guessing.” Colbert quipped in response to thunderous laughter.
Because to the numerous gaffes and interview mishaps made by Harris that frequently go viral, observers have long drawn parallels between her time as Vice President of the United States and the popular HBO sitcom.
Harris has come under fire from all corners, even liberal ones, for her performance as vice-president due to her poor communication style as well as significant problems managing her own staff.