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VP Kamala Harris surprises childhood friend with unexpected phone call

Kamala is the subject of a new memoir

Vice President Kamala Harris is one of the busiest people on the planet but she took the time last week to surprise an old friend with a phone call just to have a "chat".

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Kamala grew up with Stacey Johnson-Batiste in Berkeley, California, and their parents were also close friends.

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Despite Kamala's new role as Vice President of the United States, the 57-year-old still finds time for her friends, and Stacey revealed she recently received a call while Kamala was between meetings.

"She did surprise me with a phone call last Tuesday," Stacey shared.

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"She just missed me and just wanted to chat. She had a few minutes in between meetings. It was just girlfriends catching up."

"We still talk to each other as we've always done," she told People.

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Stacey was at the inauguration in January

"She's concerned about how I'm doing. What I'm doing, how my kids and my mother are - things of that sort. I shared with her that I recently moved. We are the same friends that we've always been."

The pair met as children, and in 1994 Stacey and her then-husband and their children moved into the same building as Kamala in Oakland.

Stacey, who was at the inauguration in January, has now written a book about her childhood memories, and she wrote that those years in the condo building were "a spectacular time in our lives".

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Friends from the Beginning: The Berkeley Village That Raised Kamala and Me by Stacey Johnson-Batiste, $29

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"We were both active and busy and flush with all the excitement of that early adult independence. As a priceless bonus, I never felt alone, for though Kamala and I were carving out very different life paths for ourselves, on any given evening I would just pop down to her condo carrying a glass of wine to chat with her and catch up," she revealed.

Stacey's book, Friends from the Beginning: The Berkeley Village That Raised Kamala and Me, is a memoir about her lasting friendship with Kamala and the values they both inherited from their community.

"I really hope that the reader gets a good sense of sisterhood, of friendship, maybe a little glimpse into Berkeley, what it would be like back then … I want people to really see her," Stacey added.

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