Published On: Wed, Jan 20th, 2021

Kamala Harris trips as she joins President Joe Biden for double inauguration | World | News

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris caught the back of her heel on the last step but tripped slightly before regaining her balance and continuing to walk outside. Democrat Joe Biden, 78, will become the oldest US president in history at a scaled-back ceremony in Washington that has been largely stripped of its usual pomp and circumstance. His running mate, Kamala Harris, will be the first woman to serve as vice president after she is sworn in by US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

One Twitter user wrote: “She didn’t trip. She gracefully skipped.”

Another added: “I’m so glad Kamala Harris caught herself from that little trip down the stairs.”

A third person said: “Think we all were praying for Kamala Harris not to trip down those stairs.”

Looking ahead, Mrs Harris, 56, is seen as an obvious contender for the Democratic Party’s 2024 presidential nomination should Biden, 78, decide not to seek a second term.

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She has yet to weigh in publicly on such speculation.

A US senator from California the past four years, Mrs Harris has shattered many a glass ceiling.

She served as San Francisco’s first female district attorney and was California’s first woman of color to be elected attorney general.

Mrs Harris has resigned her Senate seat, but she still will play a prominent role in the chamber.

Mrs Harris is the daughter of immigrants, with her mother coming to the United States from India and her father from Jamaica.

She had her sights set on becoming the first woman US presidnet when she competed against Biden and others for their party’s 2020 nomination.

Mrs Harris dropped out of the race after a campaign hurt by her wavering views on healthcare and indecision about embracing her past as a prosecutor.

Mr Biden looked beyond some of the harsh words she had for him in that campaign to name Harris as his running mate last August.

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