Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff
Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff

As Kamala Harris was elected the first women Vice President on Saturday, TV anchors across the US struggled to find a correct term to describe her husband Douglas Emhoff.

Biden was on Saturday projected to become the President-elect of the United States after victory in the battleground state of Pennsylvania which took him past the electoral college threshold of 270 votes. Harris, his running mate, was going throgh her personal routine when the race was called.

Soon after, her husband, Douglas Emhoff, posted a picture of the couple from what looked like a morning run captioning it: So proud of you.

As the picture flashed over the TV screen, CNN anchors pondered over what to call him. The wife of a male President is called First Lady, the wife of a male Vice President is called Second Lady but there has never been a female President or female Vice President to emerge a term for their male spouses.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked, "Should we call him second husband, second gentleman or second dude?"

At Biden's victory speech, Kamala Harris stated that while she may be the first woman to serve as Vice President, she won't be the last.

Addressing the public for the first time as VP-elect, Harris said: "While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities and to the children of our country regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message -- Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourselves in a way that others may not simply because they've never seen it before. But know that we will applaud you every step of the way."

Harris also reminisced about her mother Shyamalan Gopalan Harris, saying that she did not imagine this moment but believed in America.

"I am thinking about her, and generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women, who throughout our nation's history have paved the way for this moment tonight. Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and justice for all, including Black women who are often or too often been overlooked but so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy," she added.

She further emphasised how women came out to cast their ballots and exercise their fundamental right to vote and be heard.

"Tonight I reflect on their struggle, their determination, and the strength of their vision to see what can be unburdened by what has been," she said.

Harris made history as she becomes the first female, and the first black and Asian-American Vice President.

(To download our E-paper please click here. The publishers permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

Free Press Journal