Kamala Harris makes historical past on Wednesday, Jan. 20, as Joe Biden is sworn in as President of the United States, and he or she turns into Vice President. The 56-year-old California senator is the primary lady and lady of colour to ever maintain this title. In addition to her supporters, Harris has had one extremely loyal cheerleader by her aspect all through her personal presidential race and now in her function as Vice President — her husband, Doug Emhoff.
Doug, 56, is now the first-ever Second Gentleman. In a current essay for GQ, Doug opened up concerning the historic title in essentially the most humble manner potential.
“I am honored to be the first male spouse of an American President or Vice President. But here’s the truth: generations of women before me have used this platform to advocate for causes they believe in and build trust in our institutions at home and abroad—often without much accolade or acknowledgment. It’s on their shoulders I stand,” he wrote. “And it’s their legacy of progress I will try to build on as Second Gentleman… I may be the first Second Gentleman, but I know I won’t be the last.”
He additionally opened up about his love for his spouse within the piece, gushing, “The moment I met Kamala, I knew I was in love. Not just because of who she is — the warm, funny, and compassionate woman who grounds our family — but also because of the deep resolve with which she fights for the causes she believes in.”
And the sensation is mutual.
“I love my husband,” Kamala advised Now This in 2019. “He is funny. He is kind. He is patient. He loves my cooking. He’s just a really great guy.”
Doug is understood for his common social media presence, championing Kamala on the marketing campaign path, and even exhibiting off his “dad bod” at a Pride parade (see beneath). The couple’s love story is a comparatively new one — by political requirements — however extremely candy.
If I can do these dad strikes with my dad bod, then hopefully you all will help @KamalaHarris end 2Q fundraising as robust as potential! Please go to: https://t.co/S48NtNfFyW thx!🏳️🌈❤️ https://t.co/IwOFj1UbRe
— Doug Emhoff (@DouglasEmhoff) June 30, 2019
Here’s a glance into their romance!
How They Met
The pair was arrange on a blind date in 2013 by a detailed good friend when Kamala was serving as California’s Attorney General. Kamala detailed their first assembly in her e book, The Truths We Hold, revealing that Doug first texted her from a Lakers sport and referred to as her the following day leaving an extended voicemail.
“He thought his voicemail had been disastrous and that he’d likely never hear from me again,” Kamala wrote on the time (per The Washington Post). “He had to restrain himself from calling again and leaving another long-winded message trying to explain the first one.”
The day after their first date, Doug emailed Kamala to chop to the chase.
“I’m too old to play games or hide the ball,” the e-mail learn. “I really like you, and I want to see if we can make this work.”
About a 12 months after their first date, Doug popped the query in Kamala’s house with a diamond-and-platinum engagement ring, the San Francisco Gate reported. At the time, Kamala stated she did not plan to attend lengthy to tie the knot, saying, “I don’t believe in long engagements.”
Of her response to Doug’s emotional proposal, Kamala wrote in her e book, “These were not graceful Hollywood tears streaming down a glistening cheek. No, I’m talking about snorting and grunting, with mascara smudging my face.”
Four months later, in August 2014, the couple had a courthouse wedding ceremony with Kamala’s sister, Maya Harris, officiating, the San Francisco Gate reported. The wedding ceremony was a good looking mixing of their two cultures. A flower garland was positioned round Doug’s neck to honor Kamala’s Indian heritage throughout the ceremony and the service ended with the couple breaking a glass per Doug’s Jewish custom. They wrote their very own vows for the big day, and Kamala’s niece, Meena, learn from Maya Angelou’s poem, “Touched by an Angel.” Their first dance was to Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Like a Star.” Kamala wore a gold costume by a California designer.
His Children and Momala
Though Doug wished to introduce Kamala to his youngsters, Cole and Ella, after their second date, she held him off.
“As a child of divorce, I knew how hard it could be when your parents start to date other people,” the proud stepmom wrote in a 2019 Mother’s Day essay for Elle. “And I was determined not to insert myself in their lives until Doug and I had established we were in this for the long haul.”
In the essay, Kamala revealed that she introduced a ribbon-wrapped tin of cookies to her first assembly with Doug’s youngsters.
“Cole and Ella could not have been more welcoming. They are brilliant, talented, funny kids who have grown to be remarkable adults,” she wrote of her stepchildren. “I was already hooked on Doug, but I believe it was Cole and Ella who reeled me in.”
After Kamala and Doug tied the knot, Cole and Ella determined that “stepmom” did not match and as an alternative referred to as her “Momala.” The senator says she additionally has a superb relationship with the youngsters’ mother, Kerstin, writing in her essay, “We sometimes joke that our modern family is almost a little too functional.”
Cole graduated Colorado College and is working as an assistant at William Morris Endeavor. Ella is attending Parsons School of Design. Kamala says their “family time” includes plenty of Sunday dinners.
“She spends days thinking about the menu, grinding her own pepper, driving all over town just to find that one ingredient that we need,” Doug advised The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve gotten pretty handy in the kitchen as her sous-chef.”
It’s been clear from day one which Doug is all-in to assist his spouse win. He hit the marketing campaign path with the California senator in 2018 and 2019 and was there for a lot of of her huge moments. In June 2019, Doug helped escort a protestor off stage, after the person jumped on the stage the place Kamala was talking and grabbed her microphone. Not solely did Doug go exhausting for Kamala’s 2020 presidential marketing campaign, he was equally in it as she turned the vice presidential nominee. As a lawyer for the DLA Piper Law Firm, who labored out of each their D.C. and California workplaces, Doug left his job following Joe Biden’s appointment.
In his GQ piece, Doug writes, “That changed the day Joe Biden called and asked her to join the ticket as his running mate. On that day it quickly became clear that this wasn’t just about my love for my wife, but also about my love for this country. Stepping back from my career as an entertainment lawyer was a decision that we made together—this was about something bigger than either of us.”
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