Editors’ note: This article was originally published in July 2019, when Sen. Kamala Harris was a Democratic candidate for president. Now that she’s been selected as Joe Biden’s running mate, we’re reupping this piece.
Apparently, Kamala Harris, Democratic presidential candidate and stepmother (or rather, step-mamaleh) to two Jewish children, has a hidden talent: She’s great — like, really great — at imitating her Jewish mother-in-law.
Seriously, it is both hilarious and uncanny!
The 54-year-old California senator married Jewish lawyer Douglas Emhoff in 2014. In a recently resurfaced video from a January 2019 talk at New York’s 92nd Street Y about her book, The Truths We Hold, she told the story of her first meeting with Emhoff’s mother.
First off, when author Cleo Wade asks Harris whether her Jewish in-laws still live in New Jersey, Harris replies, hilariously, “They are in California now, but New Jersey is very much in them.”
Then, Harris says, the first time she met Brooklyn native Barbara Emhoff, her future mother-in-law put her face in her hands and exclaimed, “Oh, look at you! You’re prettier than you are on television!”
And then, she calls for her husband: “Mike, look at her!”
Harris’s imitation is spot-on, as it comes complete with adorable gesticulations and a loud Brooklyn accent. We love it.
— Sudaraka (@SudarakaA) July 21, 2019
Also, can we just say how adorable the Harris/Emhoff family is? In a recent interview, the couple made roast chicken together (Kamala once told NowThis about her husband: “He is funny. He is kind. He is patient. He loves my cooking. He’s just a really great guy.”). After they’re done, they proudly lift their chicken up in the air and high five. It’s just so cute.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 22, 2019
Douglas’ Instagram and Twitter are an amazing testament to his love for his wife — there are loads of pictures of the couple with Douglas’ kids from his first marriage, Cole and Ella (who, incidentally, are named after Cole Porter and Ella Fitzgerald). Additionally, Harris is good friends with Emhoff’s first wife, Kerstin, joking that their blended family “is almost a little too functional.”
— Douglas Emhoff (@douglasemhoff) July 23, 2019
We love Harris and her lovely, modern Jewish family. And we hope to see more of that imitation of Barbara Emhoff on the campaign trail soon!
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