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Congressman Kevin McCarthy presents VP Kamala Harris with photo of her historic inauguration

McCarthy presents VP Harris with historic photo of inauguration
Posted at 3:18 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 18:18:24-05

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders presented President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris with a variety of gifts, including a historic photo of the inauguration.

Local representative and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) presented the president with a photo of the inauguration ceremony, and another photo to VP Kamala Harris, memorializing the historic moment. McCarthy noted Harris making history as the first woman to serve as Vice President, and said it was something all Americans should celebrate.

The presentations to the officials and their respective spouses happened Wednesday in lieu of a congressional luncheon that typically follows the inauguration ceremony.

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said Lenox had specially crafted a pair of commemorative vases for Biden and Harris, each weighing 32 pounds (14.5 kilograms).

Lenox Corporation designed and created custom-made vases for the president and vice president, they were presented on Inauguration Day.

Lenox, based in Bristol, Pennsylvania, has designed and created an inaugural gift for the incoming president since Former President George H. W. Bush in 1989. The president's vase features an illustration of the White House, the vice president's features an image of the Capitol.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell gifted them with a pair of U.S. flags that were flown over the Capitol during the inauguration, calling Biden and Harris a "son and daughter of the Senate."

McConnell also noted that both Biden and Harris served in the Senate and “skipped the House altogether.”

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri noted that the Smithsonian had loaned a painting titled “Landscape with Rainbow” by a notable Black painter from around the time of the Civil War.