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Reported tensions: Why Biden gives Harris cold shoulder at DC soup kitchen

President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, assemble Thanksgiving meal kits during a visit to DC Central Kitchen in Washington on Nov. 23, 2021.
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President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, assemble Thanksgiving meal kits during a visit to DC Central Kitchen in Washington on Nov. 23, 2021.
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President Biden appeared to ignore Vice President Kamala Harris Tuesday as they assist prepare meals at a DC soup kitchen in the course of their first public appearance together in over a week.

Biden made no move at all to show any affection for his VP in front of the cameras after Harris allies criticized severely Biden to CNN last week for giving her tough jobs, like handling the border catastrophes, and accused the West Wing of giving her less support than white members of the administration.

When queried by a reporter what he was appreciative for, Biden put an arm around Dawain Arrington, DC Central Kitchen chef — who was standing to the president’s left with Harris at Biden’s right — and said,

“The people I’m standing next to are what I’m thankful for. He got up. He was knocked down, but he got up.”

A very brief period of time earlier, first lady Jill Biden directed Harris to a spot next to her husband, still the president didn’t seem to greet his second-in-command.

President Biden at DC Central Kitchen in Washington, DC, on Nov. 23, 2021.
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President Biden appeared to ignore Vice President Harris at the Thanksgiving event on Nov. 23, 2021.
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First lady Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Nov. 23, 2021.
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President Joe Biden talks to employees of the DC Central Kitchen.
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President Biden appeared to give VP Harris the cold shoulder at the event. AP“Come on, Kamala!” Jill Biden said, pointing the vice president to a tray of green beans that the VP was put in charge of scooping.

“I’m here!” Harris responded in an exuberantly manner as she came nearer.

Press pool microphones didn’t record accurately any words between Biden and Harris and the president appeared to disregard the veep and return instantly to his discussion with Arrington as he placed turkey on trays.

At a particular point, Biden could be heard revealing the chef about a time when facilities were

“segregated by law.”

Biden, who turned 79 last weekend, and Harris became noticeable in public Nov. 15 one day following the reported crack broke into the open and made a point of crossing the White House lawn together ahead of Biden signing his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.
The pre-Thanksgiving charity photo op followed featured Jill Biden scooping what seemed to be a sweet potato casserole. Second gentleman Doug Emhoff ladled gravy.

Biden left the soup kitchen for an evening flight to Nantucket where he will commemorate Thanksgiving with his family at the compound of billionaire David Rubenstein, as stated by Nantucket Magazine.

Biden’s holiday journey comes as his poll numbers crater in the middle of the highest inflation in 31 years, the highest rate of unlawful immigration since the 1980s, the uncontrolled US exit from Afghanistan and a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

“What message does it send to the middle-class Americans that President Biden says he’s trying to help, who are struggling this week to cover the cost of the most expensive Thanksgiving ever, that the president is going to take two days off at a billionaire’s compound in Nantucket?”

Peter Doocy, Fox News correspondent queried White House press secretary Jen Psaki earlier Tuesday.

First lady Jill Biden waves as she and President Joe Biden walk to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Nov. 23, 2021, en route to Nantucket, Mass.
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Hunter Biden, carrying son Beau, disembarks from Air Force One on Nantucket.
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Hunter Biden with son Beau.
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“I hope you’re spending time with your family,”

Psaki countered.

“I’m spending time with my family. I hope everybody in here is spending time with their families. This is a time to put politics aside, spend time with your loved ones and talk about what you’re grateful for.”

She also added:

“You are president no matter where you are. He will conduct his work from wherever he is, on any vacation, at any time.”

A Quinnipiac University poll released last week revealed 53 percent of respondents reject Biden’s performance and just 38 percent accept. An ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted Nov. 7-10 discovered 57 percent rejection and 38 acceptance of Biden.

FILED UNDER     JILL BIDEN,    JOE BIDEN,     KAMALA HARRIS,    THANKSGIVING, 11/23/21

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