Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff Can’t Text His Wife Vice President Kamala Harris, So They Communicate Through Her Staff — Wow!

Vice President Kamala Harris, right, with her husband Doug Emhoff, fills bags with fruit and other items, at Martha’s Table, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Washington. | Alex Brandon AP

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff has an office on the White House grounds near the room where his wife, Kamala Harris, holds roundtables and formal events. Yet seeing her during the day can sometimes be difficult.

Harris typically works out of her West Wing office, and the pair are unable to communicate using their cellphones the way they did before she became vice president.

Sometimes the couple bump into each other in a happy accident in the hallways of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which serves as the primary workspace for most White House staff and is home to the Vice President’s Ceremonial Office. Harris also tries to stop by her husband’s office when she is on site, Emhoff aides said.

But more often than not, if Emhoff wants to have a brief conversation with Harris, he asks his staff to find out when his wife has a window of time to meet. He and his security detail then make the short walk across the narrow street that separates the building he works in from the main part of the White House complex, where the president and vice president each have offices.

Life has changed dramatically for Emhoff in the nearly 13 months since Harris was sworn in as vice president. He’s not allowed to text Harris anymore. He’s unable to drive his wife to work. He cannot leave his house alone, because of security concerns, and he gave up practicing the law.

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SOURCE: McClatchy DC, Francesca Chambers