Remarks by Vice President Harris in a Dialog With Keke Palmer at Essence Pageant

Ernest N. Morial Conference MiddleNew Orleans, Louisiana 4:31 P.M. CDT Q    Wow.  I imply —

Ernest N. Morial Conference Middle
New Orleans, Louisiana

4:31 P.M. CDT

Q    Wow.  I imply — so that you guys, I actually bought fortunate.  I bought the chance to sit down with the Madam VP —

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  I like you, Kamala!

Q    Sure!  (Applause.) 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  I like you.  (Laughs.) 

Q    I bought a possibility once I did “Lightyear.”  Madam Vice President held a giant occasion in our residence the place kids bought to come back and watch and play and in addition meet astronauts from NASA.  We bought to speak about all the good issues that you simply’re doing with NASA.  And I bought an opportunity to sit down and speak together with her and actually, you recognize, sort of get to know her in a very informal method, which I really feel actually fortunate to have gotten that probability. 

However there was one thing I wished to ask you.  You understand, we’ve one thing in frequent.  I didn’t get to say it then, however, you recognize, I’ve been meme’d a few occasions.  However you’re part of my favourite meme with, “We did it, Joe.”  (Laughter.)  And so, I’ve to ask you — clearly, the joy of the election hitting you in that second: What have been you considering while you noticed how that simply went so viral?

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Effectively, to begin with, it’s so good to be with you, Keke. 

Q    Oh my —

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  It’s so good.  And whats up, Essence Fest.  (Applause.)  We’re again!  We’re again.

It was — you recognize, that day — properly, so that you’ll keep in mind, the election occurred nevertheless it took some time for the — for it to be declared. 

Q    Proper. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  And so, my husband and I have been staying in Delaware so we could possibly be close to the Vice President-elect — I imply, President-elect on the time.  And I work out each morning.  And so, he and I labored out collectively, and we have been then going again to the home.  And he was like, “I’m going to stroll slightly bit extra and funky down.”  And so, he began to stroll.  I went as much as the home, and I went upstairs to go take a bathe.

Q    Yeah. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  I’m simply — I’m going to provide you all types of knowledge you weren’t anticipating.  (Laughter.)

And so, I turned on the bathe — as a result of it was chilly.  Bear in mind, it was winter.  And so, I activate the bathe so the water might warmth up.  And I bought a textual content.  And it stated, “They declared the race.”

Q    Whooo!

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  I ran downstairs.  I didn’t even flip off bathe. 

Q    Ah!  Water invoice excessive. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  I ran downstairs.  And I come out the home, “Doug!  Doug!”  I’m looking for my husband.  He’s down the corridor — or down the pathway, and he’s bought his earbuds in.  So I’m they’re saying, “They known as the race.”  And I’m waving at him.  And he’s simply waving again as a result of he’s listening to music.  (Laughs.)

Q    He’s like, “Hey.”

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  He’s simply waving again. 

After which he got here up.  After which the President known as — Joe Biden known as.  And in order that meme is from my husband standing there videotaping me having the decision with the President.  That’s what that was.

Q    “We did it, Joe.  We did it.”  (Applause.)  “You’re President of the America.”  I imply, that’s simply my favourite clip. 

However I additionally must ask you — proper? — as a result of I believe I’ve — I believe I’ve some unrealistic expectations on the way it truly is to work within the White Home.  Proper?  I believe plenty of my friends and I — we frequently speak about it.  In our minds, we predict it’s like, “Okay, one thing is available in, and also you’re like, ‘That is what we’re going to do.’”  You understand, however how is it actually on a day after day?  You understand, are you and mis- — and the President sitting down and strategizing?  Are you emailing?  What’s the course of of really making an attempt to get issues executed and dealing there?

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Effectively, like I stated, I work out each morning.  I’ll simply offer you sort of a day within the life.  I work out each morning.  Then I begin my day studying the Presidential Each day Transient.  We name it the “PDB” for brief.

Q    Yeah.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Which is assessed info generated by our intelligence group about scorching spots around the globe and threats to our nationwide safety.  So I learn that each morning. 

And my workplace within the West Wing is — I don’t know what number of ft; not very far — you recognize, a minute to get from my workplace to the Oval Workplace.  And so, usually once I arrive on the West Wing, I’ll stroll all the way down to the Oval Workplace and the President and I’ll have a gathering with the heads of our intelligence group — together with, usually the Secretary of Protection will likely be there, the Secretary of State will likely be there, the Director of the CIA will likely be there — and we’ll speak concerning the threats to our nation and the priorities that we face.  And so that’s usually how the day will begin. 

After which there will likely be a collection —

Q    Heavy day to start out.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Effectively, yeah.  There are rather a lot — there’s plenty of choices to be made. 

After which the day will proceed. 

I’ll let you know: One among my favourite days lately was the day that I went over to the Capitol.  You see, because the Vice President, I’m additionally the President of the Senate.  And proper now, in america Senate we’ve a 50-50 break up between Democrats and Republicans.  So it’s usually the case that I’m going to interrupt the tie, so I’ll go as much as the Capitol. 

However at the present time I went as much as the Capitol as a result of there was a vote occurring on who could be the following justice on america Supreme Courtroom.  (Applause.) 

Q    We all know.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  And oh my — what a — you recognize, and I used to be in — very, very actively concerned in that course of of selecting her.  And so, I went to the Senate so I might preside when she was then voted on to be the following Supreme Courtroom justice.

Q    Sure!

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  And, in fact, I’m speaking about Ketanji Brown Jackson.  (Applause.) 

Q    Whooo!  Whooo! 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Q    Oh my gosh.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  And it was so particular, Keke, as a result of, you recognize, I bought there after which it was taking some time for the vote to occur.  After which two of my associates and colleagues once I was within the Senate — Raphael Warnock — Senator Warnock from Georgia.  (Applause.)  Let’s get him reelected, please.  (Applause.)  And Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey.  (Applause.) 

And so the 2 of them walked up once I was within the chair as a result of there was a pause.  And I had simply completed, on my stationery, writing a word to my goddaughter Helena — who’s truly right here with me as we speak — to speak to her about as a, you recognize, 17-year-old, younger, Black girl what at the present time would imply for her and her life.  And I wrote her a word.  And I had some further stationery.  And so when the 2 of them got here up, I stated, “Effectively, y’all want to put in writing a word to anyone too.”  So I handed them my stationary, after which every of them additionally wrote a word to somebody of their life concerning the which means — the historic which means of that day. 

Q    I don’t know if everyone, you recognize, has experiences like that, nevertheless it’s superior to listen to you speak about it not simply in a logistical sense, but in addition an emotional sense.  You understand, as a result of I believe it’s necessary that we all know that it’s — that it’s human — you recognize, to humanize the folks which can be working in authorities.  And to know that, not less than with you, Madam VP, that there’s coronary heart going into it as properly. 

Talking concerning the Senate and belongings you’ve executed: One of the necessary jobs you probably did within the Senate was holding Trump officers and nominees accountable as a member of the Judicidary [sic] — Judiciary Committee.  Excuse me. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Sure, sure. 

Q    However most notably, when now Justice Kavanaugh struggled to establish any legal guidelines that give the federal government energy to make choices concerning the male physique.  Which brings me to what simply occurred final week, you recognize, the place he and 5 different justices voted to overturn Roe vs. Wade. 

I imply, I do know personally, for me, that simply appears ridiculous.  And it actually places me in an apathetic area to really feel like, “Effectively, in the event you can come again and alter issues which can be already settled, what’s going to occur subsequent?”

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So I’ve to ask you: What — the place have been you while you heard the information?  And, I imply, what can we do now?  How do you are feeling, you recognize?

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  This can be a severe matter.  (Applause.) 

Q    Yeah.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  And it requires all of us to talk up, to talk out, and to be lively. 

So I used to be on my method to Aurora, Illinois, to fulfill with Congresswoman Lauren Underwood — who’s an impressive member of Congress — as a result of she and I, through the years once I was within the Senate and now as Vice President, have been engaged on the difficulty of maternal mortality and, particularly, Black maternal mortality. 

Q    Sure!

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  And we’ve been engaged on this challenge for an important cause, which is: In america, Black ladies are thrice extra more likely to die in reference to childbirth.  Native ladies are twice as more likely to die.  Rural girl, one and a half seemingly — extra occasions more likely to die.  And perceive that amongst all so-called “developed nations,” we’re the worst on this challenge. 

So it has been a longstanding space of focus for me — to deal with ladies’s well being and security and wellbeing.  And I’ve been in a position to then as Vice President convey this challenge to the stage of the White Home to speak about what we have to do to guard and to make sure that ladies have the sources they want. 

So, for instance, we’ve been in a position to encourage states to increase Medicaid protection — postpartum — from two months to 12 months as a result of a girl wants —

Q    Sure!

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  — help past two months when she has simply given beginning —

Q    Completely.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  — to a human being.  We —

Q    We deserve this stuff.  

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  We now have taught — we’ve handled the truth that there’s racial bias within the healthcare supply system. 

And so, what we have to do — after we acknowledge {that a} Black girl strolling right into a clinic or a health care provider’s workplace or an emergency room is much less more likely to be taken significantly.  So that is the work we’ve been doing. 

We’ve been it within the context of the distinctive stressors that ladies face and, particularly, Black ladies face, and what that does to affect their well being and wellbeing. 

So Lauren Underwood and I’ve been doing this work.  I used to be flying from D.C. to Aurora, Illinois, to fulfill her in her district —

Q    Sure!

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  — to announce extra work that we’re doing on maternal well being.  And wouldn’t you recognize, on the course of that journey, the Supreme Courtroom — with the Dobbs determination — for the primary time within the historical past of our nation, took a constitutional proper that had been acknowledged and took it from the ladies of America.  Took a constitutional proper.

And what’s so outrageous about this on each degree is: One, it’s the taking of a proper that was given and assured and one thing that we took as a right to be settled legislation. 

Q    Yeah. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  So what which means then, when it comes to what else could be weak that we in any other case thought was settled legislation, together with points like contraception, together with points like same-sex marriage, together with the intimate choices that folks ought to be capable of make — about what I name “coronary heart and residential” — with out authorities interference. 

What primarily has occurred is the assertion has been made that the federal government has a proper to come back in your house and let you know, as a girl and as a household, what it’s best to do along with your physique. 

Q    Oh my gosh.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  And the purpose must be this: We now have to acknowledge we’re a nation that was based on sure ideas which can be — which can be grounded within the idea of freedom and liberty. 
We additionally know that we’ve had a historical past on this nation of presidency —

Q    Precisely.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  — making an attempt to assert possession over human our bodies.

Q    Precisely!  (Applause.)  Sure, that’s proper. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  And we had supposedly developed from that point and that mind-set.  So that is very problematic on so many ranges. 

The influence that it’s going to have on ladies with out means, what it’s going to imply — for, you recognize, anyone who has monetary means, that is actually in all probability not going to have a lot of an impact on them.  However think about that — the details are: Nearly all of ladies who get an abortion — the bulk are moms.  So if she has to depart her state to go for the reproductive healthcare she wants — we’re the truth that if she works, which she in all probability does, she’s going to lose time from work, doubtlessly with out depart — with out paid depart.  She’s going to must —

Q    Unacceptable.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  — determine what to do together with her children and the price of the childcare not less than for in a single day, to not point out bus fare or practice fare or airfare and a resort room.  All to make one of the vital intimate choices that she ought to have a proper to make with out authorities interference.  That she ought to have a proper to make together with her pastor or her priest or her rabbi and her household, however not getting permission from the federal government.  (Applause.)

Q    And it’s — I imply, I — it’s so — it’s superior to listen to you say this stuff.  I knew — I — in my coronary heart, I knew that you simply — that you’d really feel this manner. 

However I simply surprise then, what we are able to do?  You understand, what does — you recognize what I imply? 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.

Q    In a single hand, I’m you and I do know that, yeah, there was evolution, that issues have modified.  We speak about our justice.  You understand, we speak about eight years — or nevertheless so — in the past after we had Obama in workplace, and we see that issues are considerably totally different.  However then now there’s all this delayed response to what we’ve skilled, you recognize, these 4 years prior. 

And I simply — you recognize, how can we transfer past the apathy that this offers us?  What are we now then — what can — what can our transfer be?

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Proper.  So, first, I’ll say this: You understand, I did an evaluation making an attempt to take a look at the states which can be attacking a girl’s proper to decide on and the states which can be attacking voting rights, and there’s an fascinating intersection.  No less than 11 states are doing each on the similar time.

Q    No shock there, proper, guys?

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  No shock there. 

After we take a look at this challenge, I believe we’ve to, one, keep in mind the phrases of Coretta Scott King, who I’ll paraphrase.  However she famously stated: The battle for civil rights, which is the battle for freedom, the battle for liberty, the battle for justice — the battle for civil rights should be fought and received with every era.  (Applause.)

And when she stated that, I believe we all know that, one, she was saying that the very nature of those fights is that no matter we achieve, they won’t essentially be everlasting.  Therein lies the power after we — after we obtain the rights with the fragility of these rights.  That means, if we aren’t vigilant to safe and to battle for them, we are able to’t take it as a right.  So there’s that piece of it. 

However I believe the second level she was making is: As a result of it’s the nature of it — that you need to be vigilant — don’t be overwhelmed.

Q    Proper.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Don’t be — don’t be overwhelmed to the purpose that we’re disheartened and we predict that we are able to’t do something about it.  It’s the character of it that these positive factors won’t be everlasting. 

Q    That’s nice.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  So we should be vigilant.  And we should — keep in mind, we’re all the time going to must battle to take care of these rights. 

Q    And it’s such a very good level, as a result of I believe we do get caught up in considering, when there are nice feats which have been achieved, that “Oh, now it’s executed” or, you recognize, we’re shocked when it occurs once more.  However once I take a look at the generations earlier than me and what they needed to cope with — I imply, we return to slavery.  In the event that they discovered a method to maintain transferring, I higher discover a method to maintain transferring.  You understand what I’m saying?  (Applause.) 

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THE VICE PRESIDENT:  That’s proper.  That’s proper. 

Q    As a result of I imply, hey, I don’t know what it’s prefer to be in a discipline. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  That’s proper.

Q    You understand what I’m saying? 

I need to go rapidly to — you talked about among the belongings you’ve been doing.  And we have been speaking about all of the issues that the administration has achieved after we have been — you recognize, again after we have been at your own home in D.C.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.

Q    You talked about some nice issues about eradicating lead pipes additionally —

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Sure.

Q    — which is a big challenge.  You touched on plenty of issues, however I simply need to take a second to talk to you guys about among the issues that particularly have been executed: the Government Order to Promote Entry to Voter Registration and voting, the place President Biden directed authorities sources to offer details about eglects [sic] — elections and improve entry to voter registration alternatives; defending Black Individuals entry to housing by combating housing discrimination, the place President Biden directed the administration to handle racial discrimination within the housing market.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, let me —

Q    Lowering — oh, go forward.  Sure. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  And let me add to that.  So on the housing piece, it contains this piece.  What we all know is that, for generations, housing appraisers — the individuals who are available and let you know the worth of your home — we’ve been monitoring the racial bias in these assessments, such that we’ve examples of a Black household getting an appraisal that was far decrease than they knew the worth of their home was.  So then they’ve associates who’re a white household, and would have the white household are available and put up their household photos, after which get the home appraised.  And it appraised for a lot larger.  Proper?  So we’re coping with that too, which is a longstanding challenge when it comes to what must be reformed round simply the appraisal system, a lot much less what we have to do to make housing reasonably priced and obtainable to extra households. 

Q    Yeah.  And that’s simply among the issues.  I imply, from lowering faculty prices the place you guys elevated the utmost Pell Grant award $400.  I imply, there’s so many issues right here, you guys, that I might go on about. 

In case you are excited about seeing all the things that the administration has executed updated, you may go to WhiteHouse.gov. 

However I need to say this to you too, Madam VP, as a result of I do know you see: Persons are all the time — you recognize, in your place, it’s a tough job.  You understand, as many issues as you get executed, there’s so many different issues that individuals are saying, “You could do.  You could do.” 

You understand, and there’s a quote that I’ve all the time beloved from Mom Teresa, the place she says, “There will be no nice issues executed, solely small issues with nice love.”  Proper?  As a result of there’s all the time going to be one thing.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.

Q    So I need to ask you: How, in your place, do you strategy, A, that actuality and, B, understanding what duties to start out on first with a lot to cope with?

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Effectively, one, we bought to multitask.  Proper? 

Q    Yeah.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  So —

Q    Ladies are good at that. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  And we’re good at that.  None of us could be sitting right here if we didn’t determine that out sooner or later.  Proper?  So we — we’ve to multitask. 

However we’ve to take a look at, you recognize, what are probably the most crucial points.  Proper?  So, for instance: For me and for the President, one of many greatest points that has been handled as possibly a small challenge is — is something that impacts kids.  I believe, you recognize, generally in public coverage, I believe people suppose as a result of they’re small folks, it’s a small challenge.  No.  Should you influence in a optimistic method the wants of a kid, the whole group advantages for generations. 

And so we’ve been what we have to do, for instance, at additionally supporting kids within the context of the household they’re being raised — proper? — in order that grandmother or that auntie or that mom or that father. 

So what we’ve executed, for instance, is we’ve a — we’ve instituted a tax reduce for childcare bills like medicine and faculty provides — $8,000 a 12 months.  A tax reduce.

Q    Wow.  Wow. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Not one Republican voted for it.

We now have prolonged the Youngster Tax Credit score, and in that — in so doing within the first 12 months, lowered Black little one poverty by nearly 40 p.c.  Can’t get a Republican to assist us prolong it past. 

However these are among the issues that we’ve been doing, understanding the generational influence, to not point out the work that we have to do that’s about international coverage.

I’ve met with, I don’t know, in all probability not less than two dozen international leaders — prime ministers, presidents.  I only recently convened the Caribbean prime ministers and presidents round what we must always do, as america, seeing them as our neighbors within the Western Hemisphere and giving applicable help there. 

And so we’ve to multitask, what we have to do domestically, what we have to do to convey down the price of fuel —

Q    Oh!

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Proper?  Proper?  (Applause.)

Q    I seen a meme the opposite day that stated, “Me Googling on-line, ‘Find out how to make fuel at residence.’”  Okay?

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Oh, don’t do this.  Don’t do this.  (Laughter.)  Please, don’t do this. 

Q    Hilarious.  (Laughter.)  However it’s true.  I imply, there’s so many issues.  However you guys have been — have been working. 

And I do know among the stuff goes to be a layover impact.  Proper?  Identical to we’re seeing layover impact from the final administration, plenty of the belongings you guys doing now are going to be instant, however some issues we’re going to see as time goes.  And we admire you for placing that work in. 

I need to take it again to one thing that we talked about additionally in D.C., the place — you recognize, I knew that you simply have been from the Bay, however what was fascinating to study was that you simply grew up round plenty of Civil Rights leaders due to your dad and mom’ involvement with the Civil Rights Motion. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.

Q    And I need to ask you — as a result of like I used to be saying earlier, you recognize, within the millennial era, we’ve simply seen so many individuals deceive us.  We’ve seen so many issues unlucky occur, like Roe vs. Wade being overturned.  And we take it very personally, the place it does are likely to convey on this apathy.

However once I do suppose again to the generations earlier than me — I take into consideration the Civil Rights Motion — I’m like, “Wow, they have been up towards plenty of much more daunting realities, possibly even those that we’re dealing with now.”  To not evaluate, however, such as you stated, there’s all the time rather a lot happening. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.

Q    So that you being round these varieties of individuals, what have been among the ways in which they have been in a position to reinvigorate themselves?  Or much more so, how did they mobilize?  Proper?  As a result of I don’t need to be that individual that simply seems to be at my authorities and says, “Oh, what are you doing?”  Sure, there’s accountability that must be had, however I need accountability for myself as properly.  I need to know what I can do.  You understand what I’m saying?  What can I do to get on the market and encourage my friends, encourage myself, and ensure that I’m being an lively member in my — in my society?

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Effectively, at the start — and I don’t have to say it to you, Keke, since you actually do use your voice in such a unprecedented method. 

Q    Oh, (inaudible).

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  No, you actually do.  You actually do.

Q    Thanks a lot.  (Applause.) 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  You simply — you — you have got the braveness to talk out.  And also you’re not involved about placing your finger within the air to see if it’s standard.  You communicate reality.  And I actually admire and respect and admire that.  (Applause.)  

Q    Thanks.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  However I’ll say: Let’s not low cost what younger leaders are doing proper now, as a result of there’s plenty of extraordinary management taking place from our younger leaders.  And, you recognize, once I take into consideration the Civil Rights Motion and my dad and mom and what they have been doing, you recognize, they have been of their 20s.  Don’t neglect, Dr. King was a really younger man. 

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So we’ve a historical past of those actions being fueled by college students, by younger leaders.  And you can take a look at something from who was taking to the road articulating with Black Lives Matter to who has been now on the market marching on selection, who’s on the market main on so lots of the points which can be concerning the local weather disaster that’s pounding on the door for consideration and swift response.  So I see plenty of management taking place amongst youthful leaders.

However right here’s what I’d encourage people to do who need to be extra lively.  To start with, use your voice to speak to the folks in your life — your loved ones members, your neighbors, the folks you’re employed with — about how points are impacting you.  Discuss how you recognize that in the event you have been born, like my goddaughter — who’s right here — in 2004, properly, the world has put in dates round 2030 that we have to cut back greenhouse fuel emissions or we’re an inflection level.  And so what that can imply for you and to your kids and your grandchildren.  Communicate that in a method that folks perceive that you’ve got a direct funding within the end result of the difficulty. 

Comparable after we’re speaking about what’s taking place when it comes to the work that we’re doing on one thing like maternal mortality. 

Just like what we’re speaking about when it comes to voting, the place they’re taking the rights of individuals to have the ability to specific their voice in a democracy by their vote. 

Talk about that in a method that you may energize the folks in your life to grasp that when elections come up, “I do know Keke, and she or he has passionately advised me how this issues her and the way my vote might influence the result of this determination.”

Q    Thanks a lot for that.  (Applause.)  And I’m simply – I might actually sit right here and speak to you all day lengthy.

I simply need to say thanks to you a lot.  And that, for me personally, I need to have the ability to determine all of the ways in which I can proceed to be concerned and get higher and be extra lively.  You understand, I’m 28, however, hey, I want I — I assumed I’d know extra by then.  My dad and mom have been having 4 children by now, and I don’t understand how they bought round to it. 

So if there’s something that I, myself, can do, or anyplace that I can go — an internet site or simply anywhere — or anybody on the market, please tell us.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Effectively, they — I’ll.  And I believe — what I’d encourage is — for instance, I do know that you’ve got quite a lot of pursuits, selection being one in all them. 

Q    Yeah. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  So there are a variety of organizations which can be engaged on that challenge.  After which determine how one can volunteer there, how one can be an advocate.  As a result of the advocacy — the marching, the shouting — is what brings about plenty of what has occurred when it comes to folks being vocal about how the difficulty influence them. 

However — and I’ll let you know one other — there’s one thing else that’s equally necessary, and that’s the energy of coalition constructing.  So, for instance, I discussed earlier that there are — in lots of the states which can be attacking a girl’s proper to decide on, they’re additionally attacking voting rights. 

Effectively, let’s take into consideration the truth that, traditionally, it’s totally different communities which have labored on these points, however we’re all underneath the identical roof — if it’s about understanding how liberties are being attacked, how our democracy is being attacked. 

So let’s work on the coalition additionally, which is bringing people collectively, as a result of there’s energy in these numbers. 

Q    Sure!

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  And there’s energy in understanding that the overwhelming majority of us have a lot extra in frequent than what separates us. 

See, the people who find themselves making an attempt to assault our rights are attempting to make folks really feel small and really feel alone —

Q    And totally different. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  — as a result of they — they need to — they need you to consider you don’t have energy and that you simply’re on the market by your self.  And so, we’re not going to let that occur. 

And one of many ways in which we received’t is to convey everybody collectively and keep in mind that there’s a group of individuals that’s invested on this.  (Applause.) 

Q    So don’t consider that it’s too — I’m too small to start out.  Don’t be afraid to collaborate with others, whether or not they seem like me or not.  So long as we consider in the identical issues, we are able to get to the frequent aim. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  That’s proper.  That’s proper.

Q    And know that, hey, age is however a quantity, and we are able to all work collectively.

Okay, I need to ask you this last query.  And it’s — it’s going to be, possibly, a query a couple of dialog you’ll have along with your youthful self —

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Okay.

Q    — that possibly you didn’t know or possibly you probably did know and have these goals of someday being the Vice President.  What would you say to arrange your self for this position?

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Effectively, to begin with, don’t hear “no.”  (Laughs.)  Don’t hear, “It may’t be executed.”  (Applause.)  Don’t hear, “No person such as you has executed this earlier than.”  I prefer to say, “I eat no for breakfast.”  (Laughter.) 

Q    Ah!  I like while you say that.  I like while you say that. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Encompass your self with a group of individuals — it doesn’t must be a giant group — who love you and who will cheer you on and who will generally push you out the door to go and do.  These individuals who love you and also you belief sufficient that while you fall down, they’ll be there to snigger with you since you fell, however to assist decide you up and maintain you going. 

So, select — particularly to the younger leaders, I’d say, however to all of us have each era — select who’s in your life primarily based on loving your self and requiring that from different folks.  (Applause.)

Q    Sure.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  It’s so necessary.  And in order that’s one factor.

I’d say the opposite factor is that to essentially know that you’ve got a lot to convey, and you need to look inward.  I — you recognize, and now have religion.  You understand, have religion.  And think about no matter it’s you consider in, that — that you simply have been destined to do nice issues, even when the obstacles are there.  However to consider in your self and to think about your self, that’s so necessary.  (Applause.)

After which, lastly, simply to recollect you’re not alone.  I imply, so many people have had the expertise of strolling right into a room the place they’re — we’re the one one who seems to be like us or has had our life expertise.  And so, to you, I’d say: Once you stroll in these rooms, keep in mind this room for a minute.  Bear in mind this room. 

Q    Oh, sure.  Sure!

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  And keep in mind while you stroll into these rooms, that we’re strolling into that room with you.  (Applause.)   We’re all in that room with you, and we’re applauding you.  And we expect you’ll carry our voice into that room.  And we’re applauding you, and we’re with you each step of the way in which.  So shoulders again, chin up, and simply be your self.  Be your marvelous self.  (Applause.)

Q    Ah, sure! 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Simply be your self.  (Applause.) 

Q    Oh, Madam Vice President, I simply thanks a lot.  I’m so grateful to have gotten the chance to see you up shut on this method — (applause) — and see you talking. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thanks.

Q    And other people simply stand for you.  It’s an inspiration.  You actually are. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thanks, Keke.

Q    And thanks to your time.  Thanks for being right here. 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thanks.  So good to be right here.

Q    And thanks guys for being part of the dialog as properly.  (Applause.)  And Essence, clearly. 

Take care, guys.  Bye-bye.

END            5:01 P.M. CDT