Kamala Harris, everyone knows by now, enjoys a good laugh. She also appears not to mind traveling, so long as it’s not to the southern border.
Yesterday, the vice president had an opportunity to try out a new joke on the road, specifically, in North Carolina, where she had traveled, as the New York Times notes, “to promote the Biden administration’s $20 billion proposal to convert the country’s entire fleet of gasoline- and diesel-powered school buses to electric vehicles.”
Speaking at Guilford Technical Community College, Ms. Harris talked about how the administration’s infrastructure plans would create “good jobs,” a notable shift away from attempts by other officials to provide specific metrics about how many jobs the plan would create.
She went on to acknowledge that “these opportunities are equally available to women as well as [sic] men.” The statement was met with polite applause, which she somehow viewed as a segue into the knee-slapper she had prepared. “Because there’s an interesting fact, in case you didn’t know,” she said before springing the punchline: “Hardhats are actually unisex.”
On cue she burst out into uncontrollable laughter, which was greeted with stark silence from the audience. “Everybody’s laughing,” she added unconvincingly while pointing at part of the room that supposedly “got” the “joke.”
Harris has laughed before at inopportune moments, such as when she lost it while addressing the issue of struggling parents unable to send their kids to school. This, however, was the first time she had showcased her elusive wit.