The 80-year-old President Biden knelt for a photo op with the champion Golden State Warriors at a White House ceremony, but Vice President Kamala Harris flatly refused to do so, stating, “I’m not doing that.”
In front of the Warriors, who have won four championships in the last eight years, after they had gathered for the picture on Tuesday, Biden and Harris were discussing how they would pose.
Biden remarked to Harris, “I’ll tell you what,” and then he knelt down on his right knee, giving a thumbs up sign.
The vice president chuckled and declared, “I’m not doing that,” before settling in between Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry.
Joe Biden elicits a reaction from the Golden State Warriors after he drops to one knee in front of Kamala Harris for a picture with the team.— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) January 17, 2023
Harris indicates "I'm not doing that" as she remains standing pic.twitter.com/Dw4GgeYodh
After making the shot, Biden got to his feet and knelt down as the crowd applauded.
Biden appeared to pronounce the vice president’s name incorrectly while welcoming the team to the White House during the ceremony.
Biden stated, pronouncing his second-in-name command’s as “CAM-a-la” rather than the proper “COMMA-la,”“As Kamala said, we’re all closely monitoring the storms, the floods, the landslides all across California.”
After the Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in six games to win the 2022 NBA championship, Curry, who was awarded MVP, gave Biden and Harris team jerseys and made a joke about wanting to come back and see them hanging in the Oval Office.
He said, amid laughs,“We have two jerseys — a number 46 and a number 49 — that we would love to have you a part of Dub Nation forever. And maybe find it on the wall in the Oval Office or in your office.”
Kamala Harris refuses to drop to her knees in front of an entire NBA team.— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 17, 2023
Kamala shouts “I’m not doing that!”
Joe Biden in turn gets on his knees before the Golden State Warriors.
The White House crowd awkwardly gasps. Cringe. WATCH 🥴
Curry remarked, “That would be — we’ll come back — hopefully, we’ll be able to come back and check and see if it’s up there.”