The abrupt switch from media attack dogs to stenographers for power was always going to be jarring. But get ready for “democracy dying in darkness” giving way to “everything is swell.” CBS This Morning on Monday cheered on Kamala Harris by talking to the Vice President-elect's former sorority sisters. The full-on puff piece featured Gayle King insisting that “so many” are so proud of the Democrat.
Of course, no mention was made of just how liberal Harris is. Instead, reporter Michelle Miller asked questions like this: “How are you going to support your line sister as she becomes vice president?”
One sorority sister gushed, “She's an authentic person, and she works hard, and she's an inspiration.” And all of this is fine — these women are justifiably excited their friend will be vice president — but such cheering has been noticeably absent for the last four years or whenever a Republican is president.
King closed the segment by insisting everyone should laud the powerful Democrat: “This is the thing -- I don't think whether you went to AKA or weren't in a sorority, so many people are proud of Kamala Harris.”
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CBS This Morning
8:44 AM ET
KAMALA HARRIS: Family is my beloved alpha kappa alpha, our divine nine, and my HBCU brothers and sisters.
GAYLE KING: She talks about the AKAs often. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris has never been shy about sharing her love for her sorority and her alma mater. That's Howard University. Harris is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, also known as AKAs, that's why the graphic was pink and green, their colors. It was the country's first black sorority. She graduated from the historically black university in 1986 with a degree in political science and economics. CBS this morning Saturday co-host Michelle Miller, who's also a Howard graduate, went back there and talked to some of the women who joined the sorority with Harris about how those early years shaped her.
MICHELLE MILLER: All were initiated with Kamala Harris back in 1986. There's something distinctive about a sorority at an HBCU.
Alpha kappa alpha sorority, inc., like all black fraternities and sororities, were formed to bring social change at a time when African-Americans were denied essential rights and privileges.
KAMALA HARRIS: I'm home when I see you guys.
MILLER: The Vice President-Elect reunited with her initiation class via zoom on founder's day, AKA’s 113th anniversary.
HARRIS: When people who are not us see us, they see the love and the sisterhood that is so enduring.
MILLER: But members of AKAhad been on the campaign trail all along. When people started seeing on the trail, online, 1908, 1908, pink and green this, pink and green that, they were like, where did all these women come from?
MONIQUE POYDRAS: We were a secret weapon. We were a collective that nobody knew about because our sorority, we have close to 300,000 members. We have 1,000 chapters.
MILLER: Did she ever say "I want to be president of the United States one day?”
POYDRAS: No. She had characteristics that — of a leader. Kamala's tended to kind of stand out.
DR. ELAINE WITTER: She was the person who would come into the room and say "What needs to be done," and would get down to it.
MILLER: How are you going to support your line sister as she becomes vice president?
WITTER: Same way we've supported her through this entire journey as she has risen from San Francisco, district attorney, to attorney general of California.
POYDRAS: She's an authentic person, and she works hard, and she's an inspiration.
WITTER: I think that young women today looking at Kamala Harris have to have an immense sense of overwhelming pride. I think it gives them a sense that there's nothing they can't do.
MILLER: : Full disclosure, I'm an honorary member of AK, and was just a few years behind Kamala Harris at Howard university. Didn't know her personally. But her figure loomed large on the yard as we say. We should note that Howard will recognize the swearing-in on Wednesday by ringing the bells of the clock tower atop Founders Library 49 times to honor the 49th vice president of the United States. Tony?
TONY DOKOUPIL: I'm glad you had that full disclosure, Michelle. We were going to call you out on that.
KING: I like that you're an honorary member --
MILLER: I'm wearing my pink.
KING: I noticed. We noticed, Michelle Miller. This is the thing -- I don't think whether you went to AKA or weren't in a sorority, so many people are proud of Kamala Harris. I love the interview she did yesterday with Jane Pauley on Sunday morning. At one point she was running for student government and they were saying, “Not your time, not your time.” and she says whenever people tell her no she eats no for breakfast. I like that way of thinking. Eats no for breakfast.