Two women behind Biden for his speech to Congress, a first

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For the first time in the United States, two women sit behind Joe Biden during his big policy speech to Congress on Wednesday night: Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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At 81, the leader of the Democrats in Congress has already seen many presidential speeches from the perch.

She made sparks there in February 2020 by tearing, in front of the cameras, the speech on the State of the Union that Donald Trump had just given.

But with Kamala Harris for the first time by her side, the two women mark nearly 245 years of American history.

The daughter of immigrants, of Indian and Jamaican descent, the 56-year-old former senator and former prosecutor is the first female vice president of the United States.

“Like so many other women, I feel proud of this moment, seeing us represented,” tweeted elected House Democrat Barbara Lee. “It should have happened a long time ago.”

Another historical element: both wear masks, made compulsory in the hemicycle because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first woman president of the House of Representatives between 2007 and 2011, Nancy Pelosi returned to this high office in 2019.

Kamala Harris is first in the order of presidential succession, Nancy Pelosi is second.