Critics Monday night pointed out that former first lady Michelle Obama did not mention Sen. Kamala Harris in her Democratic National Convention speech, but a Biden campaign official said later that her remarks were recorded before Joe Biden announced on Aug. 11 that he had picked the California Democrat as his running mate.
"She kept talking about Joe Biden, and she knows Joe Biden very well, but she also knows Kamala Harris, [who was] one of the first to endorse Barack Obama when he ran [for president in 2008], so I was disappointed," former Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman Donna Brazile, now a Fox News contributor, said Monday night, reports Fox News.
Brazile later added that she'd "just heard that perhaps she taped the speech before the announcement, but I am disappointed that we did not hear about Kamala Harris. The first Black first lady of the United States did not mention the first Black female ever to be on a major party ticket, so I am a little disappointed that I did not hear that."
Obama, however, cheered Biden's pick through her personal Instagram page last week after his announcement, writing that "you get used to it, even as a little girl — opening the newspaper, turning on the TV, and hardly ever seeing anyone who looks like you. You train yourself to not get your hopes up. And sometimes it’s a battle just to keep telling yourself that you might deserve more...this week Senator @KamalaHarris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, became the first Black woman and first Asian-American woman on a major party’s presidential ticket. I’ve been thinking about all those girls growing up today who will be able to take it for granted that someone who looks like them can grow up to lead a nation like ours. Because @KamalaHarris may be the first, but she won’t be the last."
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