Obviously, it was a big weekend. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were declared the winners of the United State’s 2020 presidential election. The election of Harris, in particular, was monumental: She will be the first female Vice President, the first Black woman to hold the office, and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold the office. To put it simply: Kamala Harris made history.
And a small footnote on her history is that her husband, Doug Emhoff, will be the first-ever “Second Gentleman” after a long line of 45 “Second Ladies.” Bonus? He becomes the first-ever Jewish second gentleman and the first-ever Jewish spouse of a President or Vice President. As we are a Jewish culture site, this is big news for us. And it was big news for Jews all across the country.
Twitter, of course, had plenty of fun celebrating this news. So please enjoy this round-up of our favorite tweets about the first Jewish Second Gentleman, Doug Emhoff:
1. Finally, a role model!
Now millions of young Jewish boys across the nation will believe that they, too, could someday grow up and be the Second Gentleman of the United States.
— David Ziff (@djsziff) November 7, 2020
jewish mothers everywhere sending texts about doug emhoff today
— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) November 8, 2020
3. A Jew will replace Karen Pence:
My favorite, most delicious little “fuck you” to the alt-right Nazis Trump emboldened is that a Jew just replaced Karen Pence.
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) November 9, 2020
4. We need this, now:
Just got v excited picturing a People magazine article featuring a recipe for Doug’s WHITE HOUSE LATKES
— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) November 8, 2020
5. Wife guys FTW:
doug emhoff is the second gentleman but the first wife guy
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) November 8, 2020
6. Seriously, Doug LOVES Kamala:
like obviously representational politics are basic 101 and not enough but after the last four years and all the [vague gesture] antisemitism-wise it's a treat to have a perfect first jewish representative in the white house: a guy who just wants to tell you how great his wife is
— Connor Goldsmith (@dreamoforgonon) November 8, 2020
7. This perfect exchange, imitating Doug’s mom, Barbara:
jewish mother spousal rankings are now
1. doctor (can never be beaten by anything else)
2. VP of the US
4. scholar of some sort (secular or religious)
— 4 Seasons Reservation Hotline (@PhD_femme) November 7, 2020
8. Paving the way for future Jewish first gentlemen:
so glad for douglas emhoff to pave the wave for jewish second gentleman in the white house so my husband will feel more comfortable being the first jewish gentleman
— delaney (@jewishdelly) November 7, 2020
9. “The stained glass ceiling”:
First Jewish second gentleman. We have broken the stained glass ceiling
— Steven Perlberg (@perlberg) November 7, 2020
10. May we suggest an inaugural hora?
They better play Hava Navagila at inauguration https://t.co/I7n5iIdQ2k
— Zach Schiffman (@schlife) November 7, 2020
11. Jewish men marrying impressive women, amen.
I’m into Doug Emhoff, the first Jewish Second Gentleman, in fact the first Second Gentleman ever… the lifetime achiever of our huge and growing club of Jewish men married to much more impressive women… pic.twitter.com/PGEPiKK9FV
— Ben Judah (@b_judah) November 8, 2020
12. Love 2 marry up:
On behalf of all of us guys who have married up, congratulations Doug Emhoff
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) November 8, 2020
13. We mean… he’s not wrong…
In Doug Emhoff, we are going to have our first zaddy in the White House
— elan gale (@theyearofelan) November 8, 2020
14. Absolutely (s/o also to Jon Ossoff, we see you):
Between Doug Emhoff, AG Josh Shapiro and Jon Ossoff, it's been a good week for brainy adorable Jews. My grandmother would approve.
— Allison Winn Scotch (@aswinn) November 7, 2020
15. We’ll sign.
Official petition to address Doug Emhoff as Second Mensch
— That Jewish Kid (@imthatjewishkid) November 8, 2020
16. Honestly, same:
Might f*ck around and start a Doug Emhoff stan account… pic.twitter.com/7nAVPQjjJY
— Abby Gardner (@abbygardner) November 7, 2020
17. Doug’s Jewish mom, Barbara Emhoff, must be kvelling:
Truly underrated what a big day it is for Jewish mothers. https://t.co/WYoshTjRqX
— Detective Pikajew, Esq. (@clapifyoulikeme) November 7, 2020
18. All our parents are kvelling, tbh:
My parents have only told me that Kamala's husband is jewish 5,486 times today
— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) November 8, 2020
19. A real win for Jewish husbands as well:
congratulations to all of the jewish husbands out there. the first jewish second gentleman in american history. a win for all jewish husbands.
— bradley babendir (@therealbradbabs) November 6, 2020
20. Still, he could’ve been a doctor…
Every newspaper: “Kamala’s Jewish husband, Doug Emhoff, a lawyer, will be the 1st second gentleman in history.”
Doug’s mom: “He could have been a doctor.”
— Vicky Kuperman (@vickykuperman) November 9, 2020
21. Barbara is about to be insufferable at mah jongg, and we’re so happy for her:
Barbara and Mike Emhoff will be bringing up their daughter-in-law at every meal, party, and bat-mitzvah forevermore.
— Joshua Garfield (@JoshuaGarfield) November 7, 2020
22. Maybe First Gentleman one day???
I love the Jewish guys on here like “We got Second Gentleman. This is enough for us.”
— Juliet Lapidos (@julietlapidos) November 8, 2020
23. Let’s end on a genuine note, shall we?
I am beyond delighted that the first Jewish 2nd family is interfaith and multiracial.
Maybe now the Jewish community will be able to see such families as normal, sacred, and essential.
We are the Jewish present and the Jewish future.
That future is so damn bright.
— Rabbi Emily Cohen (@ThatRabbiCohen) November 8, 2020
Bonus #1: Here are Doug’s parents.
The Vice President-Elect's in-laws. pic.twitter.com/I1MMmaWq6v
— Jordan Hoffman (@jhoffman) November 8, 2020
Bonus #2: Kamala’s imitation of Barbara is perfect.
Apropos of nothing, this video of Kamala Harris doing a perfect impression of her Jewish mother-in-law fills me with such joy. The Brooklyn drawl is just 😍 pic.twitter.com/0noq4SvXYD
— Zoe Margolis (@girlonetrack) November 7, 2020
Bonus #3: Doug’s daughter, Ella, is cooler than all of us.
just found out that the first ever jewish second gentleman has a hot stick-and-poke-core brooklynite daughter who sells artisanal machine knits on instagram
— Jamie Lauren Keiles (@jamiekeiles) November 8, 2020
Doug Emhoff, we hope we get invited to the 2021 White House Hanukkah party.