According to a Rasmussen poll released on Tuesday, March 16, nearly half of respondents do not believe President Joe Biden makes decisions in the White House.
According to the poll, 47% of likely voters believe “Biden is really doing the job of president,”” while 47% believe that “others are making decisions for Biden behind the scenes.”
In February, ABC News reported, when Biden appeared with Harris for the first time after selecting her as his running mate in August, he recounted how, when then-Sen. Barack Obama chose him as his vice presidential running mate, “I told him I wanted to be the last person in the room before he made the important decisions.”
“That’s what I asked Kamala,” Biden said. “I asked Kamala to be the last voice in the room, to always tell me the truth, which she will. Challenge my assumptions if she disagrees. Ask the hard questions. Because that’s the way we make the best decisions for the American people.”
Lateefah Simon, a longtime friend and mentee of Harris’s, told ABC News that while Harris respected her position, “Kamala’s not taking a back seat at all.”
“Nothing about Kamala Harris is number two,” said Simon, a San Francisco-based civil rights activist and elected official who first met Harris nearly two decades ago. “She’s a leader in her own right.”
According to ABC News, Biden and Harris “typically spend several hours together each day,” citing an unnamed White House aide.
Sabrina Singh, Harris’s deputy press secretary, said Harris attends “a majority” of Biden’s meetings “because he wants her there.”
In a tweet in February, the Department of Defense mistakenly referred to President Joe Biden as “VP.”
.@VP: Every single person, no matter their gender identity, sexual orientation, race or religious background, deserves to feel safe in the ranks and to have their contributions valued. pic.twitter.com/rDoAPywXOO
— Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) February 11, 2021
During the campaign, Harris made a mistake and said the “Harris administration with Joe Biden.”
“As part of our Build Back Better agenda, we will need to make sure you have a president in the White House who actually sees you, who understands your needs, who understands the dignity of your work, and who has your back,” Harris said.
“A Harris administration together with Joe Biden as the president of the United States, the Biden-Harris administration will provide access to $100 billion in low-interest loans and investments for minority-business owners,” she continued.