Kamala Harris busted a move or two during a celebration of 50 years of hip-hop. Joe Biden is out of the country so Kamala held “the first-ever hip-hop house party at the Office of the Vice President of the United States.” When the cat’s away…
She had a stage built on the lawn and the guest list included names like Common, Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte and Fat Joe. Lil Wayne and Slick Rick were invited to perform.
Kamala declared hip-hop as the ultimate American art form. That’s a title that has been tossed around about other art forms, including video games. Nonetheless, 50 years is a notable amount of time to celebrate. She grew up in California listening to hip-hop, she said, so I’ll cut her some slack. “And why did we all love our hip-hop so much? Well, one reason is it speaks truth, raw, unfiltered, without apology,” Harris said onstage.
“Hip-hop is the ultimate American art form,” Harris told the audience. “Hip-hop now shapes nearly every aspect of America’s popular culture, and it reflects the incredible diversity and ingenuity of the American people. It combines rhythms from the continent of Africa, from the Caribbean, from Latin America, with the sounds of soul and gospel and R&B and funk to create something entirely new.”
“And to be clear, hip-hop culture is America’s culture,” she continued. “It is a genre. It is music and melody and rhyme. And hip-hop is also an ethos of strength and self-determination, of ambition and aspiration, of pride, power and purpose.”
Unfortunately, social media was not kind to Kamala when video of her dance moves hit the interwebs. Her moves were called “granny moves.”
Kamala Harris with the granny 👵🏼 moves at her 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop partypic.twitter.com/8Lg5XCxQ3a
— Anthony Brian Logan (ABL) 🇺🇸 (@ANTHONYBLOGAN) September 9, 2023
You can see her husband standing behind her, talking to other people, oblivious to what she is doing. Others spoke up. My favorite comment was a reference to a classic ‘Seinfeld’ episode. I always laugh.
I've seen this dance… pic.twitter.com/yRGzE4fkWn
— Alba gu bràth (@Sukaphatdik) September 10, 2023
And, this one.
My eyes. MY EYES! pic.twitter.com/FvuS2u4yVr
— TwheidMusic (@TwheidMusic) September 10, 2023
This makes Kevin James in Hitch look fabulous. pic.twitter.com/GEFJ3ewwuj
— AstralAtom (@astral_atom) September 10, 2023
You get the picture. Just like political candidates eating corndogs at state fairs, though they know cameras are going to catch them at the most awkward of moments, a politician dancing is usually chuckle-inducing material on social media. Remember all the media mocking George W. Bush dancing in Africa? Good times, good times.
Kamala is campaigning hard. Black voter support is down for Joe Biden and she is trying to boost it. Voters, in general, are even less enthusiastic about Kamala than they are about Sleepy Joe. Kamala is helping spread the word about the alleged successes of Bidenomics (wink, wink) and she’s doing a lot of interviews. She sat down for an interview with Margaret Brennan and delivered this little tidbit:
"So you think the [border] strategy is working — despite the numbers being up?"
KAMALA HARRIS: "Overall, we are seeing progress, but we're not gonna have a constant. There are gonna be fluctuations. That is normal, just like the weather fluctuates…" pic.twitter.com/y0elWFYaGV
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 10, 2023
It’s normal, y’all. It’s all normal, like the weather fluctuates. Good Lord.
Kamala continues to try to earn some foreign policy cred. She represented the United States at the Southeast Asian Nations summit – the U.S.-ASEAN summit in Jakarta, Indonesia last week.
It’s Harris’ third trip to Southeast Asia and fourth to Asia overall, and she’s touched down in more countries there than any other continent. The repeat visits, in addition to meetings that she’s hosted in Washington, have positioned Harris as a key interlocutor for the Democratic administration as it tries to bolster a network of partnerships to counterbalance Chinese influence.
This latest journey is another opportunity for Harris to burnish her foreign policy credentials as she prepares for a bruising campaign year. She’s already come under attack from Republican presidential candidates who say she’s unprepared to step up if Biden, the oldest U.S. president in history, can’t finish a second term.
John Kirby, a White House national security spokesman, said Harris has “made our alliances and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific a key part of her agenda as vice president,” and he described her itinerary as “perfectly in keeping with the issues that she’s been focused on.”
She can find time to go to Jakarta but not the southern border.
The party at the vice president’s residence was in partnership with others. It was described as a “multi-hour” concert.
Harris partnered with the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective and Live Nation Urban to put on the commemoration, which marked the first time a sitting vice president has hosted a celebration of this kind. More than 400 guests attended, including Jennifer Hudson, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Yvette Nicole Brown, Roland Martin, Jesse Collins, Tamika Mallory and Recording Academy CEO and president Harvey Mason Jr., who introduced Harris to the stage. Actor-comedian Deon Cole hosted the event.
You go, girl. Lol.