Yes, technically, for about an hour or two today, it will be Acting President Kamala Harris. President Joe Biden will temporarily transfer power to Harris while he is under anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy – making Harris the first woman to have the power of the presidency.
Al Gore used to tell some good jokes about being president for five minutes, as he was sworn in a few minutes before Bill Clinton.
Gore would say history will “look back fondly on my presidency,” and under his administration the economy was strong, crime was low and bipartisan bickering was at an all-time low. Gore said chants of “five more minutes, five more minutes” could be heard on the Capitol steps.
Now, a word of advice to the world’s rogue states, terror groups, and assorted troublemakers… don’t start any mischief today on Acting President Kamala Harris’s watch. Harris really could use an opportunity to improve her public image, so she would love to order a military strike against some group who’s got one coming to them.