When he first took office, the president made a public promise in an interview with People magazine that he would make sure Harris’ voice was heard by having lunch with her alone each week.
Biden claimed that he was going to resurrect the tradition that he and former President Barack Obama shared back during their good ole’ days.
“[Like] Barack and I, we have lunch alone once a week,” Biden said at the time. “That’s the deal when we’re [Harris and Biden] both in country, which we’ll be for a while because of COVID, and I see her all the time.”
But the good times were not to last, and Biden’s promises have not come to fruition.
Instead of a weekly private audience, Biden has only dined with Vice President Harris 23 times, and only two of those were private meals.
According to the New York Times’ Jonathan Marin and Alex Burns, Biden and Harris have just not hit it off in any substantial way.
They reported that the “weekly lunches lacked a real depth of personal and political intimacy.”
Late last year, rumors even swirled that Biden was considering replacing Harris due to her problematic performance.
Capitol Hill correspondent Chad Pergram at the time reported that there were “whispers suggesting there could be some new high profile confirmation hearings on the horizon in the House of Representatives.”
“I got a message recently from someone who knows Capitol Hill very well,” Pergram said, “and they suggested I should familiarize myself with the process to confirm a vacancy for the vice president in the Senate and in the House.”