Chris Whipple published a new book detailing the annoyance and frustration that President Joe Biden felt in his first month as president when he appeared to call Vice President Kamala Harris a “work in progress.”
The main focus of Whipple’s book focuses on showcasing Biden’s successes during his first term as president.
Sources confirmed to Whipple that Harris’ husband had complained about Harris’ political position because of her policy portfolio. Meanwhile, Biden was reportedly irritated by the vice president.
“He hadn’t asked Harris to do anything he hadn’t done as vice president — and she’d begged him for the voting rights assignment,” Whipple wrote.
News: In the first months of his presidency, Biden vented his frustration about VP Kamala Harris, telling a friend that she was “a work in progress,” per a new book due out next month obtained by Politicohttps://t.co/5nExNHFUJQ
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) December 21, 2022
Previous reports from Nov. 2021 said Harris’ inner circle was angry with the president’s team because they felt the policy assignments were setting her up for failure. Reports from the president’s team claimed Harris was incompetent and ill-prepared.
A White House representative released a statement about Whipple’s latest claims.
“We respect that there will be no shortage of books written about the administration containing a wide variety of claims,” said Robyn Patterson. “We don’t plan to engage in confirmations or denials when it comes to the specifics of those claims,” she added. “The author did not give us a chance to verify the materials that are attributed here.”
According to another report, Harris staffers felt the all-white team disrespected her.
“Some of Harris’s advisers believed the president’s almost entirely white inner circle did not show the vice president the respect she deserved,” New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns wrote in their book. “Harris worried that Biden’s staff looked down on her; she fixated on real and perceived snubs in ways the West Wing found tedious.”
Reportedly, Harris was upset that Biden’s staffers would not stand for her when she entered the room. But typically, people only stand when the head of state, AKA the president, enters the room as a sign of respect.
55% of Americans, according to a poll from Aug. 2021, said Harris would not be qualified to replace Biden if something were to happen to him. Just 43% said she would be qualified or somewhat qualified.