“She wants to say something,” Biden told the group, gathered in a hallway at the courthouse in Minneapolis, before ceding the line to his vice president.
“I’m just so thankful to the entire family. Your courage, your commitment, your strength has been a strength. This is a day for justice in America,” Harris told the group. “In George’s name and memory, we are going to make sure his legacy is intact and that history will look back at this moment and know that it is an inflection moment.”
For Harris, it was also a moment that underscored her history-making presence within the young administration. She has often said she didn’t know a Black man growing up in Oakland that hadn’t faced a level of profiling and discrimination. Speaking to the Floyd family, Harris was presented an opportunity to tap into their collective grief in a way no vice president before her could.
Nearly 100 days into their tenure, Biden and Harris have worked to deepen their relationship, spending five hours or more together per day in meetings at the White House, according to aides. Both Biden and Harris shunned work travel in the early days to set an example during the pandemic — forcing them into closer proximity than their predecessors.
She began her tenure attending nearly every one of Biden’s events, provided her own speaking slot and always in-frame as the President delivered remarks, an unmissable — and intentional — level of visibility.
Her position as the country’s highest-ranking woman of color, she said in an interview last week, brings with it a heavy weight.
“I carry a great sense of responsibility, if not the seriousness of the responsibility, to be in this position and be a voice for those who have not traditionally been in the room,” Harris told CNN’s Dana Bash in an exclusive interview.
A deepening relationship
More than at any previous point in Biden’s presidency so far, the issues of race and policing that had galvanized his presidential campaign were emerging again. The President, his aides and even the first lady watched developments with intense interest, aware a leadership test awaited upon its conclusion.
Biden consulted a wide array of voices about how to respond to a verdict in the Chauvin trial and new incidents of police violence against Black Americans, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus and members of his senior staff, including senior adviser Cedric Richmond and Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice, according to people familiar with the conversations.
He also turned to Harris. Over the course of several group meetings and in their weekly…
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