Kamala Harris Isn't President, But She Just Got a Big Presidential-Seeming Symbol

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Kamala Harris isn’t President. At least not yet.

But it sounds like she’s just been given one of the indicia of the office, a desk made after the manner of the famous Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. It’s actually not given to her personally but to the office.

Navy Seabees built one desk for her office and another for the Secretary of the Navy, according to Military.com.

The desk for Harris is designed with patriotic carvings of eagles and stars and is made of wood, copper and nails off the USS Constitution, one of the country’s first frigates, the oldest commissioned warship still afloat.

“The desk project was initiated to deliver a desk of comparable … provenance, history, and heritage as the president’s HMS Resolute desk,” according to the U.S. Navy.

The desk project actually began under the Navy Secretary under President Donald Trump, Kenneth Braithwaite, but wasn’t completed until February when the desk was delivered to Harris. The desks were constructed in a workshop at the Navy Yard’s National Museum of the U.S. Navy. One of the people who worked on it was Navy Builder 1st Class Hilary Lemelin, who is assigned to the USS Constitution.

Inside each desk is a pen tray with a note from Braithwaite and a piece of the USS Arizona, the battleship that sank during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The piece of the Arizona was donated from a former sailor on the ship, one of the last to get off before it was sunk on Dec. 7, 1941.

From Washington Examiner:

Lemelin said this part would be a constant reminder of the officeholder’s power and the country’s history.

“Every time they open that tray to sign an important document that could potentially change the Navy or the nation, I think I put that there for them to use,” Lemelin said. “For me, that’s history, and we’re helping whoever sits in those seats think about the immense weight they hold.”

It’s perhaps more than a little disconcerting to see her behind such a desk since it does have a similar historic look to it like the Resolute Desk. I’m not sure that she appreciates any of the history or the sacrifice. Makes one have to consider the very real possibility that she might be behind the real desk at some point in the near future, she who had to drop out from the Democratic primary early because the people, even Democrats, saw what a flip flopper she was. She wasn’t able to get any substantial following, yet here she is, a step away with a very questionable and impaired person in the top spot.