President Joe Biden acknowledged a historic milestone on Wednesday night before he waded into the substance of his speech at the U.S. Capitol.
“Madam Vice President and Madam Speaker,” he began, turning toward Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. “No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time.”
Biden was marking the first time two women sat behind a commander-in-chief during an address to a joint session of Congress.
On Thursday, Pelosi reflected on the moment.