The Drew Barrymore Show: Vice President Kamala Harris Sits Down with Drew

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Vice President Kamala Harris Sits Down with Drew 



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Vice President on Co-Parenting in Her Modern Family & Being Mamala
Drew: How did you know if you went into it with such integrity, how do you deal with when the kids are acting a certain way?

Kamala: So their mom and I are friends. We have established a really wonderful friendship.

We're on the same team, right about parenting. We respect each other and we like each other and I think what's really important and will make it work is when all of the adults who are in that dynamic have respect for each other. And understand that there's that this is not about territorial ownership, right? But it is about respect, you know, I was very clear with the kids.

I am not here to replace your mother. You have that one mother and I'm the second mother.

Drew: Mamala, right?

Kamala: Mamala. And I think that when the adults are really clear about, you know, a commitment to mature relationships, it makes it so much easier for the kids because children don't want have to choose and, and it's just not fair to them to put them in a situation where intentionally or not, they're being manipulated around the adults, weird relationships with each other. Right, and you have to sort that out.


Vice President Kamala Harris on Reproductive Rights

Kamala: My idol, never met him, but growing up was Thurgood Marshall, who understood the power to make real the promise of America as it relates to so many things that are about equality and freedom. And the notion that just almost two years ago, the highest court in our land the court of Thurgood and RBG, took a Constitutional right that had been recognized from the women of America…and that thereafter in state after state you’re seeing laws criminalizing healthcare providers. Making no, this a room of adults, making no exception for rape or incest. Telling people that the government is in a better position than that woman to know what’s in her best interest. How dare they?

Drew: Yes.

Kamala: How dare they. Think of the notion, that some person sitting in some state legislature believes, mostly that he, is in a better position than you to know what’s in your best interest…and I think most people are beginning to understand and do agree I think, one does not have to abandon their faith or deeply held beliefs to agree the government should not be telling her what to do with her body. 

Drew: Yes. It’s as simple as that.

Kamala: It’s that simple. It’s that simple.

Drew: That’s it.

Kamala: That’s it.


The Vice President on the Importance of Friendship & Knowing Your Power

Kamala: I could not do anything that I do on a daily basis, much less have arrived at this point without an extraordinary network of friends. I mean, my best friend from kindergarten is still one of my best friends. And I think, and again, I mentor a lot of young women mostly but young men also and I say to them, you know, it's really important and I say this to everybody choose to be around people who love you, who care about you, who are gonna be honest with you. Like girl, you need a mint. You know, people will be like, you know, if you trip and fall, they'll laugh with you, but then they'll pick you back up and push you back out there. And I think we, you know, when we talk about our power you know, I believe one should try to never let anybody take your power from you. And that includes knowing what is in your power to do and being intentional about it.


Final Five: The Vice President on the First Time She Met Her Mother-In-Law
Kamala: My mother-in-law Barb from Brooklyn. So, meeting my parents in law Barb and Mike, my father-in-law, they just celebrated their big anniversary.

Drew: How long did you say they were together?

Kamala: 65 years.

Drew: Olive and Frankie's grandmother and grandfather are celebrating their 55th.

Kamala: It's incredible, really, they're so wonderful. So, my mother in law Barb, first time meeting her, she comes up to me, she puts my face in her two hands and she looks at me and she says, ‘Look at you, you're prettier than you are on TV. Mike. Look at her. She's prettier than she is on TV.’ My mother-in-law Barb, who I love to pieces. I love Barb to pieces. She is like a tigress. If anybody messes with her family, she's ready to take care of them. She says everything that is on her mind every time.

Drew: I don't have a filter either.

Kamala: No filter at all.


Vice President Shares Her Tip For Eating on the Go in the Car

Drew: I also wouldn't mind if they gave you something to put the ketchup in because I tend to drive and eat. I am a fast driver and I drive and eat. In California you drive everywhere.

Kamala: But that's, you got to like, do all the, sometimes you could even just like get it when I was campaigning and, and being in the car all the time, we would just cut open a garbage bag.

No, I'm serious because like when you're driving, then just like cut them open before you get in the car and then just kind of tuck it in and it's just, it's a really great massive bib. I am here to help.