How the White House was forced to get new desk chairs for 5ft 2in Kamala Harris trends now
It could almost be a plot line out of the TV comedy Veep.
Newly installed female vice president finds her feet don't touch the floor from the man-sized chairs in her new office.
That's roughly the situation that Kamala Harris inherited when she became the country's first female vice president in 2021, prompting her staff to order new chairs for her desk to better fit her five foot, two inch stature.
A former aide said that the furniture had only ever previously had to cope with the 'average male height.'
'She forces us to recalibrate our assumptions,' said Jamal Simmons, who recently stepped down as her communications director, as he defended the vice president to the New York Times.
When Kamala Harris moved into the vice president's office she inherited furniture used by Mike Pence. Aides said swapped the desk chairs for something that fitted her small frame
Within months she also revealed a new desk, built from timber reclaimed from USS Constitution warship. Launched in 1797, she is the oldest ship still afloat
Eagle-eyed observers will have spotted a change in the desk too.
When she first took office, Harris released photographs showing her sitting at the same desk as her predecessor Mike Pence.
Two months later she revealed she had switched to a new desk, built from timber reclaimed from USS Constitution warship. Launched in 1797, she is the oldest ship still afloat.
The nugget about the chairs was revealed as aides tried to defend the VP, pointing out how she had achieved a series of historic first, amid grumbling in the Democratic Party that she could be the weak link in President Joe Biden's 2024 plans.
A string of key figures said they had lost hope in her turning around her performance as vice president.
Her approval rating is lower than even Biden's own weak standing in the eyes of voters.
And some of the backers who helped lift her to the 2024 ticket say she has failed to use her historic firsts — first female, first African-American, first Asian vice president — as a stepping stone to future leader.
Even Biden has expressed his doubts. He is quoted calling her a 'work in progress' in a new book by Chris Whipple, 'The Fight of His Life.'
A string of Democrats are raising doubts about Vice President Kamala Harris's performances amid fears that she could be the weak link in President Joe Biden's reelection plans
Harris has a lower approval rating than Biden, which means she could act as a drag on his reelection chances, according to rolling averages of poll results
Last week, when appearing together at the Democratic National Committee winter meeting in Philadelphia, they presented a united front.
'She's a great vice president,' said Biden.