The day before President Biden’s inauguration, I noted the unusual number of references to “The Biden-Harris Administration” in the various rollouts of cabinet nominees and policy proposals. That they were doing so to a far greater extent than I’d ever seen before suggested to me either that Biden was paving the way for Harris to take over in 2024 or that he saw her as some sort of co-President.
Looking at the White House Flickr account, one would get the impression that it’s actually the Harris-Biden administration.
Granted that Harris is decidedly the more photogenic member of the duo, I’ve never seen this many pictures of the Veep in any previous administration’s stream. There are weeks where Biden doesn’t appear at all. And, hell, it’s supposed to be the White House photo stream. While the VP has an office in that building, her main offices and those of her support staff are in the Executive Office Building.
To be clear, I’m not suggesting that Biden isn’t performing his duties or that Harris is secretly running the show. There is zero indication of that. But the outsized prominence of Harris in the early going is something I’ve never seen before in forty-plus years of paying rapt attention to the American presidency.