"It's about time", President Joe Biden said during his addresses. After he acknowledged that he was the first president to open his remarks with the words "Madam Speaker", the crowd of (mostly male) lawmakers rose for a lengthy standing ovation. In 2017 and 2018, it was once again all White men. On that occasion, which may be imminent or may be decades away, it will also be worth pausing at the outset and offering a pointed moment of recognition. She has sat there for several addresses by Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
The nationally televised, prime-time speech represents a coda to Biden's initial 100 days in office, during which he focused on expanding vaccine distribution to slow the infection and death toll from COVID-19, and a pivot toward an increasingly ambitious agenda that, if successful, would make his presidency among the most transformative in generations.
When a president addresses Congress flanked by the vice president and speaker of the House, it's tradition.
When asked about the significance of two women sitting behind the President for the address, Harris replied, "Normal", to reporters in the Capitol as she led the Senate delegation to the House chamber.
Harris made history last November when she became the first woman, first Black person, first Indian American and first Asian American to be elected vice president.
President Biden turns to applaud Vice President Kamala Harris as he speaks to a joint session of Congress.
'For all of us who care about women´s public leadership, we still look forward to the day when the person standing at the podium, in front, is a woman, ' Walsh added. "It's about time", Pelosi said hours before the speech. "But for now this is a particularly gratifying moment".
Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were in the spotlight on Thursday, after making history.
History was made in the U.S. on Thursday. They are first and second, respectively, in the line of presidential succession.