Vice President Kamala Harris’s appearance with Steven Colbert was really bad.
At one point, Colbert dropped the question because he couldn’t help her out of this one.
The two discussed the show Veep, and Harris lived up to the name.
Harris began her exchange with Colbert on Wednesday by acknowledging her life as VP is similar to what’s depicted on the HBO comedy “Veep.”
“I know you love ‘Veep,’” Harris pointed with her finger at Colbert.
“I do! I love ‘Veep.’ Is it accurate?” Colbert asked trying to be funny but wary.
“There are bits of it that are actually quite accurate,” Harris grinned before sharing an anecdote about how one of her staffers accidentally filled her office with smoke by lighting the fireplace without opening the flue.
Hey, even Nixon famously did that, which makes me suspect Kamala is telling the truth.
“One of the themes of the show is that her character, Selina Meyer, is frustrated by the sometimes vague duties of the role. It’s a high constitutional office but does not describe what you’re supposed to be doing. Does that ring true? Like, what’s the actual role on a daily basis as you have found it?” Colbert asked.
Well, I have the great privilege of serving with Joe Biden, who is the President of the United States… and was vice president,” Harris answered.
Does he understand what it’s like to be vice president?” Colbert then asked.
“He does, he does,” Harris replied. “He really is a true partner and he understands that job. And remember, we came in during the height of the pandemic. And so much of the work was about okay, we’ve got to cover a lot of bases and let’s figure out between us how we can do it. But he’s an extraordinary leader and I wish people could see what I see because there’s only one person who sits behind that Resolute Desk. And the decisions that person has to make are the decisions that nobody else in the country can make. And he’s an extraordinary leader. He really is.”
Colbert tried to follow up to get an answer but Kamala just cackled.
“That’s an excellent answer and, uh, the question was what’s the job of the vice president,” Colbert grinned, causing Harris to burst out laughing. “And your answer is part of the job, I’m guessing.”
At that point, Colbert just moved knowing that even he couldn’t save this interview.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 16, 2023