Kamala Harris gets panned 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 stormed dramatically to a group of five preteens in “Get Curious with Vice President Harris,” a video made to celebrate World Space Week that debuted Thursday.
But Harris, who was appointed chairman of the National Space Council at cabinet level in May, struggled to explain the value of space research.
“There are other things that we just have not found out or discovered yet,” she told the children as they visited with her at the U.S. Naval Observatory, where the vice president’s official residence is located.
“Thinking about so much that is out there that we still have to learn, as if I love it,” she wandered.
And she swam with wide eyes over what her visitors would see through the Naval Observatory’s high-tech telescope.
“You will see, you will literally see the craters on the moon with your own eyes!” she exclaimed, pointing to her own peepers to emphasize – though its craters can be seen with the naked eye.
The video garnered just over 50,000 views in the first two days of release — but was mercilessly spotted on social media by critics who dissected her exaggerated facial expressions and baby-talk vocal tone.
“It’s seen as a trailer from a movie where the funny and engaging teacher is secretly a serial killer who gathers the heads of the children she takes to Space Camp,” pondered Joanne Mason on Twitter.
“She must not talk to adults anymore,” the rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) commented gently.
The National Space Council has not yet met the Vice President’s watch.