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Associated Press File Photo / Vice President-elect Kamala Harris was all about helping protesters who looted and burned small businesses with bail this summer, but now she says the Biden administration wants to help strengthen such businesses.

Trump administration already did it

For the first time in history, the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition tweeted last week, "senior [White House] communications roles" "will be filled entirely by women."

"It is the first time all of the top aides tasked with speaking on behalf of an administration and shaping its message will be female," The Washington Post wrote. Similarly, The Associated Press said, "It is the first time the entire senior White House communications team will be entirely female." But they only needed look at the current White House staff to see it wasn't the first time.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted that the Trump White House "already has an ALL FEMALE Senior White House Press Team." In fact, she added, so does Vice President Mike Pence, so does first lady Melania Trump and so does second lady Karen Pence. And women have replaced other women in those roles during the administration.

The Trump and Biden White Houses, like all administrations, will be different in how they title their aides, so the comparison may be slightly apples to oranges, a fact even the Post grudgingly admitted, saying that "reasonable people can disagree about whether those [Biden appointments] are technically senior roles."

But the episode is an example of how the national media already has switched from Trump attack mode to a Biden supportive role.

 

Just pulling the strings

Former President Barack Obama is sure to have set tongues of conspiracy theorists wagging recently in an interview with Stephen Colbert, saying he'd love an "arrangement" where he could serve a third term with a "stand-in."

With his 78-year-old former vice president, Joe Biden, having eked out a win for the presidency in last month's election, and Biden naming numerous retreads from that administration to various offices, he may be getting that chance.

"If I could make an arrangement where I had a stand-in, a frontman or frontwoman, and they had an earpiece in and I was just in my basement in my sweats looking through the stuff, then I could sort of deliver the lines but somebody else was doing all the talking and ceremony," Obama said, "then I'd be fine with that because I found the work fascinating."

The former president, the first chief executive to remain in Washington, D.C., after his term ended since Woodrow Wilson in 1921, said "puzzling out" the biggest political issues of the day was "professionally really satisfying" but that he did not miss "having to wear a tie every day."

 

Change of tune

Vice president-elect Kamala Harris was busy this summer seeking bail for anarchists who were looting and burning small businesses in the midst of riots following the death of suspect George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Now, she says, "Small businesses need our help ... more than ever."

What changed? Well, she became Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's running mate, that's what.

One week into the Floyd protests, Harris begged on Twitter for help with bail for protesters "on the ground in Minnesota." She asked followers, "If you're able to, chip in now."

Now, the same small businesses ruined by those she sought to bail out, "especially Black and minority-owned businesses, urgently need relief to survive ... Joe Biden and I are committed to ... get them the support they need."

Black and minority-owned businesses were some of the hardest hit during the rioting. Their owners are likely the ones wondering where Harris was when they were losing their lifetime savings.

 

AOC: A socialist capitalist

The irony is likely lost on U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but the Democrat's new online store — just in time for holiday giving! — is offering "Social Economic Racial Justice" or "Tax The Rich" sweatshirts for $65. Those who need such justice and those who are all about taxing the rich could hardly afford such duds.

Meanwhile, AOC, who proclaims herself a socialist Democrat in the style of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, appears to have fully embraced capitalism with the store, shop.ocasiocortez.com.

The site does not say proceeds will go to those who need economic justice or to the government but will be kept as campaign contributions. However, while an "Abolish ICE" hat is available on the site, the illegal immigrants she'd like to protect by abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency are unable to purchase one because a sales may only be made by "a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident."

The Twitter world had a few thousand choice words for the former bartender.

"Capitalism is great," one poster pointed out. "You can claim you are against it all the time and then make money off of it to your adoring fans."

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