Vice President Kamala Harris is seen stumbling, stuttering, and apparently “spacing out” in a YouTube video that was supposed to teach kids about space exploration.
The VP is being ridiculed for her performance this week in a YouTube special aimed at selling kids on the glories of science and the wonders of space.
“I just love the idea of exploring the unknown,” Harris gushed dramatically to a group of five preteens in “Get Curious with Vice President Harris,” a video made to celebrate World Space Week that debuted on Thursday, Oct. 7.
But Harris, who was named as chair of the cabinet-level National Space Council in May, struggled to explain the value of space exploration.
“There’s other things that we just haven’t figured out or discovered yet,” she told the kids as they visited with her at the US Naval Observatory, where the vice president’s official residence is located.
And then she swooned with wide-eyed wonder over what her visitors would see through the Naval Observatory’s high-tech telescope.
“You guys are gonna see, you’re gonna literally see the craters on the moon with your own eyes!” she enthused, pointing to her own peepers for emphasis — even though its craters can be seen with the naked eye.
To make matters worse for the Veep, the whole thing was a staged video, and the kids were not actual visitors to the observatory. It was revealed in by KSBW TV news that the kids in the video are child actors hired for the shoot.
The video racked up just over 50,000 views in its first two days of release — but was mocked mercilessly on social media by critics who dissed her exaggerated facial expressions and baby-talk vocal tone.
“It comes across as a trailer from a movie where the fun and engaging teacher is secretly a serial killer who collects the heads of the children she takes to Space Camp,” mused Joanne Mason on Twitter.
“She’s not allowed to speak to adults anymore,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) commented caustically.