In a highly anticipated speech on “Florida State Board of Education Curriculum Updates,” Vice President Kamala Harris faced a less than enthusiastic audience in Jacksonville. The Biden-Harris administration has been vocal about their concerns that the curriculum changes could be harmful and might erase important aspects of black history. (redstate.com) However, as Harris spoke, it became evident that some of her remarks didn’t quite resonate with the crowd. (redstate.com) (redstate.com) Perhaps it wasn’t just the content that left them disenchanted, but the way she delivered her message, at times sounding patronizing and struggling to make coherent points, reminiscent of speaking to young children rather than a room full of adults.
During her speech, Harris attempted to assert her international authority by boasting about the world leaders she has met and how the United States now commands “earned authority.” However, many in the audience may have found it hard to believe that the Biden-Harris administration has truly earned such respect on the global stage.
In a not-so-subtle jab at Florida Governor and potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate Ron DeSantis, Harris tried to paint herself as a role model, someone who can be trusted to follow through on her promises. However, this assertion may have fallen flat with the crowd, resulting in polite but lukewarm applause.
In one particularly awkward moment, Harris struggled to recall the Preamble to the Constitution and had to refer to her notes. (whitehouse.gov) This memory lapse could have been seen as a disconcerting sign of her preparation and competence.
During her speech, Harris used exaggerated hand gestures, reminiscent of Richard Nixon’s style, making the whole presentation come across as a bit bizarre and non-sensical at times. (glonme.com)
In one contentious part of her speech, Harris referred to the parental rights in education law as the “don’t say gay bill,” which some audience members might have seen as a misrepresentation of the issue, further alienating them from her message. (redstate.com) (npr.org)
Despite her efforts to elicit enthusiasm by expressing her love for Venn diagrams, the applause from the audience was far from overwhelming, perhaps indicating a lack of genuine connection. (glonme.com) (redstate.com) (glonme.com)
In a final twist, Harris declared that she owes her Vice Presidency to the public education system, seemingly overlooking the fact that influential woke Democrats played a pivotal role in pushing for a woman of color on the ticket during the 2020 elections.
The reactions and responses from the audience in Jacksonville serve as a reminder that Harris may not be the asset that Team Biden hopes she will be in the 2024 elections. As Democrats continue to strategize and plan for the future, it remains to be seen how Harris’s speeches and actions will impact their prospects moving forward. What are your thoughts on Vice President Harris’s speech and her potential role in the 2024 elections? Share your opinions in the comments below, and let’s engage in a thoughtful discussion about the future of American politics.