We did a post a little bit ago about an upcoming book that alleges that first lady Jill Biden was not happy that her husband picked Kamala Harris, who had attacked him as a segregationist during the primary debates, to be his running mate. The book is “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future” by Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns, and we’re getting some juicy excerpts today. This one comes from Martin himself and involves Harris’ feeling getting hurt because White House staffers didn’t stand when she entered the room as they did for President Biden.
New: @VP was stung by what she saw as the lack of respect shown to her by WH aides who failed to stand when she entered the room–and her chief of staff conveyed that displeasure to the West Wing.@AlexThomp on this + lots more from THIS WILL NOT PASS:https://t.co/x8xkvatz0d
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) March 22, 2022
Politico talks about a bit of drama when Harris was displeased with the photo of her Vogue chose to use for its digital cover, thinking it did not depict her as a world leader. There was also drama over those staffers not standing at attention:
“Some of Harris’s advisers believed the president’s almost entirely white inner circle did not show the vice president the respect she deserved,” Martin and Burns write. “Harris worried that Biden’s staff looked down on her; she fixated on real and perceived snubs in ways the West Wing found tedious.”
At one point, Harris dispatched [incoming chief of staff Tina] Flournoy to talk to top Biden adviser ANITA DUNN to convey displeasure that White House staff was not standing up for Harris when she entered the room the way they did for Biden. “The vice president took it as a sign of disrespect,” according to the excerpt.
Dunn told West Wing Playbook that she wasn’t “going to comment except to say that everyone in the West Wing has a high degree of respect for the Vice President and the hard work she is doing for this President and our country. Particularly me.”
All of it is terribly petty, especially the dust-up over the Vogue cover.
Kamala must be a joy to be around. Good grief.
— Conservative Man (@conservbrownman) March 22, 2022
She sounds like Miss Teen South Carolina during serious diplomatic trips, but what's really important is whether people stand up when she enters the room.
— TRich (@TRichUtah) March 22, 2022
I like the opening: "Tensions between Vice President KAMALA HARRIS and President JOE BIDEN and their teams began before inauguration…"
I don't know, maybe the tensions started when she called him a racist at the debate?
— Gibbsville Man (@GibbsvilleMan) March 22, 2022
She's setting back the movement for women to be elected to high office so very much. Sad!
— Michael Clayton (@funziona_cosi) March 22, 2022
Kamala Harris took the VP position believing that she would actually be running the White House because sleepy Joe Biden should be sitting in an old folks home eating ice cream. She believed that she could take charge and any problems could be deflected back on old Joe.
— Jack (@JackMeh77734739) March 22, 2022
Does she realize she isn’t royalty?
— FlyingASEL (@IFlyASEL) March 22, 2022
Respect is earned….
— SeldenGADawgs (@SeldenGADawgs) March 22, 2022
And she sure earned that position of vice president after dropping out before Iowa.
Upcoming book alleges that Jill Biden was unhappy with the choice of Kamala Harris as VP https://t.co/0hfX4yYM9G
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 22, 2022