I am back with two weeks’ worth of updates, starting with Tuesday, September 21st. Vice President Harris met with Jamie Smith, “a mom of four children under 15 in Washington D.C. With one child with disabilities and two parents with recent health issues, Smith finds herself “sandwiched,” caring for both her children and her parents while juggling her career” per this Parents magazine story.
This was part of the administration’s ongoing efforts to demonstrate the benefits of the Build Back Better legislation. Ms. Harris said the plan “would help parents like Jamie by lowering childcare costs for families, investing in-home and community-based services, and expanding paid leave.”
She also welcomed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Washington.
She accessorized with her Newcio pumps by Manolo Blahnik and pearl necklace by Irene Neuwirth.
Wednesday, the 22nd, Ms. Harris took part in a virtual COVID-19 summit.
Also on Wednesday, Vice President Harris met with the recently elected President of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema. Africa News reported, “Harris praised Hichilema for his historic victory in August, calling it “democracy in action.””
Thursday, September 23, Vice President Harris met with Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
She also met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India.
For those events, she was in the UFO grey suit that remains a mystery, her white Charmeuse Reversible Perla Blouse ($328), and Manolo Blahnik Lisa pumps in black patent leather.
Friday, the 24th, the Vice President traveled to New York for a live appearance on ABC’s The View. Just before she was to appear, it was announced that two of the show’s four hosts tested positive for COVID-19 and they left the set. Things were juggled and the Vice President appeared remotely from elsewhere in the building.
Ms. Harris returned to Washington and met with Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, as well as Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The Vice President says they discussed “ways the United States, Australia, and Japan can deepen and expand our partnership to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”
For these engagements, Ms. Harris wore a new (to us anyway) checked suit with a black top and her Tahitian pearls.
Saturday, the 25th, the Vice President and Second Gentleman visited the flag display on the mall.
More about the display from James Wright’s Washington Informer story.
A local artist has created a unique memorial in the District to honor the scores of Americans who have died from coronavirus-related illnesses.
On Sept.17, Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, a nationally recognized visual artist based in Bethesda, Md., formally launched the “In America: Remember” exhibit that features over 670,000 small white flags placed across the lawn of the National Mall next to the Washington Monument.
Monday, September 27 Vice President Harris hosted a reception for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, one of many events marking National Hispanic Heritage Month. Below (from L to R), Rep. Veronica Escobar of El Paso, Texas; Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff; the VP; and Michael Escobar.
The Vice President also delivered remarks at the event.
Congressman Chuy García of Illinois shared a group photo.
Tuesday, the 28th, Ms. Harris visited George Mason University’s Fairfax, Virginia campus.
She was there to mark National Voter Registration Day and speak with students about the importance of voting.
We learn more about the Vice President’s remarks via a story on the University’s site.
“I wanted to come and talk with you because you are the leaders of today and tomorrow,” Harris said. “In the tradition of George Mason, and the leadership of students at this particular university, I am a strong believer that the most important progress that our country has made has been a function of movements, and almost every one of those movements were fueled by students.”
The Vice President wore a black suit that has not yet been identified but very much looks like a Prabal Gurung design.
Ms. Harris also wore a burgundy top and accessorized with her Tahitian pearl necklace and earrings, a set she has worn for years.
On Wednesday, September 29, Vice President Harris met with Latina small business owners.
More from this Al Día story by Brittany Valentine:
The meeting was set up for two reasons; to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and to discuss how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better Act will help them grow their companies.
Five Latina entrepreneurs joined Harris and Barragán, all of whom operate thriving businesses in the Washington D.C region.
The Vice President was in her Kenton Jacket & Zeke Trouser (I *think* it was this trouser, it was tough to tell from the available photos) by a favorite label, Altuzarra. Beneath the jacket, she wore her Lafayette 148 New York ‘Linn’ blouse, a sleeveless design with gathers at the neckline (no longer available).
Thursday, September 30, Vice President Harris traveled to Capitol Hill to cast a tie-breaking vote for the administration’s pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This NY Times story has more:
The Senate confirmed Rohit Chopra on Thursday to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a 50-to-48 party-line vote that overcame objections from Republicans who said he would wield the bureau’s sweeping powers to pursue an anti-business agenda.
Ms. Harris wore the UFO grey suit again with a dark top and her Tahitian pearls.