We just witnessed the swearing-in of Kamala Harris, the first woman to hold the office of Vice President of the United States—as well as the first Black and Asian-American to step into the role. Perhaps no one understands the significance of this moment quite like Barack and Michelle Obama, America’s first Black President and First Lady.
That’s probably why so many viewers watching the Inauguration of Joe Biden zeroed in on this iconic moment between Harris and the Obamas:
Harris, wearing a purple dress and coat by Black American designer Christopher John Rogers, greeted Michelle Obama with a double fist-bump and a look in her eyes that resonated with many women online. The former first lady wore purple as well, matching a burgundy turtleneck with trousers and an overcoat, all by Sergio Hudson.
“This ain’t just a fist bump.” one user wrote on Twitter. “This is a ‘biiiiitch” moment and black women & little black girls FELT this one, honey.”
Of course, Harris and the former president shared a fist bump of their own. “The FIRST Black president and FIRST Black Vice President sharing a fist bump. Yep, I’m framing this,” another user tweeted.
…As did Barack and Joe Biden, Barack and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, and the new president and VP, themselves.
In a message of hope on January 20, Michelle Obama marked the end of a “disturbing era of chaos and division” on Instagram.
“We are entering the next chapter of American leadership with the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” she wrote. “Right now, I’m feeling more than just relief at putting the past four years behind us. I’m feeling genuinely hopeful for what’s to come.”
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the kind of leaders our nation deserves—decent, hardworking people who reflect the best of our values. Most of all, they’re guided by empathy, honesty, and a willingness to put the needs of our country before their own,” Obama continued. “With Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House, we can once again start thinking about building the future we want for ourselves and our children.”