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1789. Abigail Smith becomes the first second lady of the United States as the wife of John Adams, vice president of the newly independent nation. Since then, man after man have been occupying the second echelon of the US Administration. And woman after woman have been accompanying them. Today things change: Kamala Harris takes office as ‘number two’ from President Joe Biden. It’s her husband Doug Emhoff, who becomes second knight. Dylan already sang it: times are changed.
Emhoff will not be a simple vase in the United States Naval Observatory, where your new official residence will be located. He has promised to focus on defending causes such as justice, human rights and equality, taking advantage of the priceless showcase of his wife’s position, and will be a professor at the Georgetown University, after leaving his job as a lawyer so that there is no collision between private and public interests. Above all, he promises to “support” Harris. “I am not her political advisor, I am her husband. My task will be to help her always, above all things, ”he says.
Born in New York in 1964, of Jewish origin (yet another thing he pioneered at the top of Washington), Emhoff moved to California with his parents as a teenager and had developed his whole life there, until now. He studied law at the State University and ended up setting up a law firm specialized in what the land gives: television, film and advertising rights. Venable, his office, became a world reference in the matter.
The successful lawyer married Kerstin Mackin, a film producer, and had two children: Cole (for John Coltrane) and Ella (by Ella Fitzgerald). Needless to say, he is passionate about jazz. After 25 years of marriage, the union ended in an amicable divorce. And five years after that separation, the then attorney general of California, today vice, crossed his path. Or they crossed it, rather.
The story is as follows: a filmmaker and producer goes to his office to discuss business, accompanied by his wife. The woman looks and looks at Doug and ends up asking him point-blank if he’s married. As she answered no, she asked again: “Would you like to meet my friend Kamala Harris?” “The fiscal? She is gorgeous! ”He replied. That’s how it all started.
Emhoff, a sports lover, went that afternoon to see a game of the Lakers and, on a break, he sent the “pretty prosecutor” a text message and then a voice message. He says it has never sounded so ridiculous, but she liked it – she wears it every anniversary, to remember – she called him and they talked for more than an hour. They agreed to see each other. Harris was playing at a disadvantage because his matchmaker friend had asked him not to Google the lawyer’s name. Blind Date.
After that first meeting, Doug wrote to Kamala, “I’m too old to play games. I like you very much and I would like to test to see if this works ”. In an email the next day, he sent her a list of all his available dates for the next few months.
I was serious. So much so that she had to stop him when she wanted, very soon, to introduce him to her children. When at the time the meeting occurred, it was a matchIn the words of the Democrat: if there was a crush on the lawyer, with his offspring it was pure love, “immediate”, she says. The boys, who say that the feeling was reciprocal, went from calling her “stepmother” and invented “Momala”, a mixture of mom and Kamala, the title she is most “proud” of today.
They gave their relationship six months and, after that time, they saw that it was solid. Emhoff proposed to Harris when they were about to order takeout at a Thai restaurant. They were married in 2014 civilly, in a ceremony with Hindu airs (her maternal heritage) and Jews. Thanksgiving celebrate with the ex-wife, with whom there is a great relationship.
Since then, he has been for Kamala “always”, as he does not stop repeating in the loving messages he leaves her on social networks. He took a leave of absence since she announced that she was fighting in the primaries of her party aspiring to be a candidate for the White House – Biden won – and, despite the initial shyness, he became the best speaker of their rallies. A tag was even created to follow it, #DougHiveLike I’m a rock star
He has been an important piece in the transition team of the Harris-Biden team, has mobilized followers on social networks and, above all, has humanized politics, showing himself as an enthusiastic guy delighted that his wife, in whom he believes like no other , have bet high.
After testing himself as a couple in the pandemic, when they have spent more time together than ever, he says there is nothing he does not like about his wife. And that he loves her more every day. And that is “the best”, without more.
That your support will be unwavering is certain. That he is going to do many things and is not going to be hand over hand, too. The question, perhaps, is what it will be called in the next four years. “I love to say that I am Kamala Harris’ husband, without more,” she says. She jokes that the White House set of initials would result in a hideous SHUS (second husband of the United States), but in the interviews he answered without a doubt: neither acronyms nor charges. “Honey” is the word of choice.
His friends say he is doing well, that he hits him. Who has outgrown the aggressive lawyer suit and is sweet as honey. For her. He only keeps transforming, rabid, when he plays golf. Emhoff loves to compete.
Source: Huffington Post Spain Athena2 by www.huffingtonpost.es.
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