When Harris arrived at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, accompanied by Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, she greeted Michelle and her husband, former president Barack Obama, with casual familiarity: a fist bump.
The moment was also captured on camera.
Harris delivered her first remarks as the newly inaugurated vice president last night after the initial ceremony. In her address, she referred to the inauguration as a historic moment grounded in the midst of a tumultuous year, shaped by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It is my honor to be a here—to stand on the shoulders of those who came before to speak tonight as your Vice President,” the vice president said. “In many ways, this moment embodies our character as a nation. It demonstrates who we are, even in dark times. We not only dream. We do. We not only see what has been. We see what can be. We shoot for the moon. And then we plant our flag on it. We are bold, fearless, and ambitious. We are undaunted in our belief that we shall overcome, that we will rise up.”
She concluded her speech by referring to the “American aspiration” she’s witnessed in ordinary citizens. “I see it in the scientists who are transforming the future. I see it in the parents who are nurturing generations to come. In the innovators and the educators. In everyone, everywhere who is building a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities. This, too, is American aspiration,” she said. “This is what President Joe Biden has called upon us to summon now. The courage to see beyond crisis, to do what is hard, to do what is good, to unite, to believe in ourselves, believe in our country, believe in what we can do together. Thank you. And may God bless America.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US