Democrat Vice President Kamala Harris went off script to sink Joe Biden by giving her version of Jimmy Carter’s infamous 1979 “Malaise/Crisis of Confidence” speech during a PBS interview.
Harris has a reputation for reading from a script but when she goes rogue she tends to step in it.
This time she saddled Biden with an image that will be hard to shake.
“Everybody is frustrated, I understand and I fully appreciate there is a level of malaise,” Harris said.
“We’re two years into this thing. People are, we want to get back to normal, we all do.”
Carter gave his ‘malaise’ speech in July 1979 when the nation was anxious over long gas lines and inflation.
He never used the word malaise during the speech but it was so named.
Carter said from the White House:
“Why have we not been able to get together as a nation to resolve our serious energy problem.
“It’s clear that the true problems of our nation are much deeper, deeper than gasoline lines or energy sources.”
VP Kamala Harris tells @JudyWoodruff that she knows many have reached “a level of malaise” nearly two years into the pandemic.
“We want to get back to normal,” but we must do the work of “pushing through with solutions … let’s meet the challenges where they are,” she said. pic.twitter.com/ebQxVGRL84
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) January 6, 2022
“It is a crisis of confidence,” Carter said.
“It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will.
“We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.”
Below is a partial transcript of Kamala’s interview:
JUDY WOODRUFF: Two other things. One is your administration. The Biden-Harris agenda, in the beginning, a year ago, got off to a strong start, but it’s obviously stalled. Right now, the president’s approval ratings have taken a dramatic hit.
Did you try to do too much?
VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS: Well, I think that there are many metrics by which we can measure where we are today. One of them, again, is where we are on COVID, which we just discussed. Let’s also look at where we are on the economy. Last year, we created six million new jobs. Last year, we brought unemployment down to, I believe it was 4.2 percent, which the economists, most didn’t believe would happen until at least 2023, 2024.
So we have seen great progress. We passed an infrastructure law. People have been — both parties, as administrations, have been talking about doing for generations. There has been great progress.
No doubt, COVID, for example, I mean, we’re all — well, everybody is frustrated with that. And I understand and I fully appreciate there is a level of malaise. We’re two years into this thing. People are — we want to get back to normal. We all do.
But we have to then do the tough and hard work of pushing through with solutions, understanding that there are going to be challenges, but let’s meet the challenges where they are. And let’s also take a moment to see the progress we have achieved.