You might say the writer who wrote speeches as a speechwriter for Kamala Harris was written off.
In the course of her very brief tenure, Vice President Kamala Harris has distinguished herself in a variety of ways. None of those ways, for the record, are positive. She has become known for not addressing the many tasks assigned to her by President Biden. She tends to cackle instead of answering uncomfortable questions, and she is rather adept at driving away staff members – particularly in her communications team.
You can add to that list now, as it was announced that her speechwriter has now fled the VP’s office; Meghan Groob has stepped away from her job as Kamala’s wordsmith. Add Groob’s name to a growing list of people who have left the Vice President’s team in recent months. Since November, Harris has managed to drive off her communications director, then her Press Secretary Symone Sanders left in December for a gig at MSNBC. March saw the Deputy Press secretary depart, as well.
Friday also saw the announcement that Harris’ Service Aide Rohini Kosoglu was leaving her office. This takes the total number of departures from just her office to 17 individuals. Add in the high number of flights from Biden’s team, and you have nearly 30 departures from the administration, in under 18 months.
Groob herself is a replacement, as Kamala’s original speechwriter, Kate Childs Graham, ran off in February. This means she is leaving after just three months on the job, which is rather understandable, given one of Kamala’s other traits she has been known for; the Vice President has become a regular outlet for rather hilarious word salad speeches.
Harris has shown in her time on the job to struggle with extemporaneous speaking. When she is not properly prepared, or expected to speak off the cuff, Kamala can sound positively ridiculous, and even in her formal speeches, she has delivered some gems of fractured syntax and mangled commentary. Just a brief search of her recent malaprops finds some keepers.
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Kamala’s vocabulary ventures are so well known that when the news came out of this latest resignation the hashtag #WriteASpeechForKamala was started, which sprouted impressions of her infamous interlocutions.
This all makes for great political comedy, but from the standpoint of a speechwriter, this reflects directly on their work. So renown now is Kamala for these quixotic quotes that when news broke of Groob stepping down, a few people expressed mocking surprise to learn that she even had a speechwriter. As a result, Groob is left in something of a lurch, vocationally.
Most D.C. professionals would favor having a White House work history on their resume, but in this instance, it might repel a future prospect. Groob would be forgiven if her CV ends up bearing a similar position in the administration; if she touts being the Social Media Editor for Major Biden (one of the family dogs), it would be both understandable… and a career enhancement.