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Kamala Harris makes history as presidential powers transfer temporarily to Vice President

What a moment!

Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca Lewis - Los Angeles
Los Angeles correspondentLos Angeles
19 November 2021
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Vice President Kamala Harris will become the first woman to ever hold presidential power on Friday when Joe Biden is placed under anaesthesia for a routine health exam.

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The medical examination is his first as President and will see the transfer of power to Kamala; she will be in control of the US military and nuclear weapons.

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"The vice-president will work from her office in the West Wing during this time," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

The 57-year-old is the first woman to ever be elected US Vice President.

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Kamala was sworn in on 20 January 2021, and for her history-making moment she continued with her statement political wardrobe by wearing an elegant purple coat and dress - one of the principal colours of the women's suffrage movement, also worn by Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush on the day.

The outfit was designed by up and coming black designer Christopher John Rogers, and she finished her look with a string of her signature pearls, and classic Manolo Blahnik 'BB' pumps.

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Kamala wore purple for the inauguration

Her office is close to Biden's and we previously had a peek inside her space as she revealed there were three photographs sitting pride of place on the cabinet behind her desk, clearly memories she holds dear to her heart.

On the left, we can see Kamala pictured with her mother, and in the centre, she is smiling with her husband, Douglas Emhoff.

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Kamala brought meaningful photographs with her to her office

Kamala and Doug first met through a mutual friend on a blind date back in 2013 and went on to marry in 2014 – their wedding was officiated by Kamala's sister Maya.

Doug was previously married to American film producer Kerstin Emhoff but the former couple divorced after 16 years together.

They share two children, Cole, 26, and Ella, 21, whose name for their step-mother is 'Momala'.

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