That process is not facilitated by President Trump’s refusal to recognize the election results and approve an official transition process that would give Ms. Harris and her staff access to White House officials and documents. Ms. Harris was not contacted by her outgoing colleague, Vice President Mike Pence. Days after the 2016 election, Mr. Biden hosted Mr. Pence at the official Vice Presidential Compound of the US Naval Observatory for nearly two hours. “I told Mike, the vice president-elect, that I would be available for him around the clock,” Biden told reporters.
Biden-Harris transition officers declined to comment.
Ms. Harris remains a Senator for the time being. It is unclear when she could give up her seat. Mr Obama resigned from his Senate seat days after his 2008 election, but Mr Biden, always the sentimentalist, held on to his until he was sworn in as Vice President the following January. Tell friends he wanted to take one final oath of office for the seat he had held for decades. (Mr Biden also said he would keep his vote in case it might be necessary in a Senate session on lame ducks.)
Like Mr. Biden, Ms. Harris also needs to develop her own people – another task her relative lack of experience in Washington may make more difficult. While Mr. Biden has a network of hundreds of former Senate and White House advisors after nearly 50 years in the capital, Ms. Harris has a smaller circle, although she is expected to hire several familiar faces from her Senate office and her 2020 campaign.
On social media, Ms. Harris stayed strictly up to date, posting multiple times on Twitter about the coronavirus and her determination to work with Mr. Biden to contain it. “In just a few months we will swear by a new president who will work to bring the pandemic under control: @JoeBiden,” she said tweeted on Saturday morning.
Later in the day, Ms. Harris, who will be the first White House resident to have Indian heritage, also tweeted greetings for the beginning of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
Ms. Harris has ventured into the Washington area at least once since the election. On a rainy veteran’s day, she and Mr. Emhoff wear blue jeans and a black raincoat stopped by Georgetown’s Dog Tag Bakery, which was founded to support veterans.
Otherwise, she was in her apartment building, about a mile from the White House and twice the distance from the Naval Observatory complex that she will be calling home soon, out of sight. “No big thing that was suddenly created,” reads an inscription on the side of the building, a quote from the Greco-Stoic philosopher Epictetus.
The waiter at the Bluestone Lane Cafe on the first floor of the building mimicked a sad face and said he hoped she would visit her again soon.