Second Lieutenant Doug Emhoff spoke candidly about masculinity in a new exclusive interview with CNN, detailing how he approaches his role in the administration – a position never held by a man before – and how he wants to set an example for potential men. followed him.
“I’ll give speeches and one of the things I say is ‘Men need to help women,'” Emhoff told CNN’s Dana Bash in a clip from an interview on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” on Thursday.
“One, it’s the right thing to do and then man, okay, you really have to do it. Don’t think you’re doing that. And then the women in the audience start looking around and smiling.”
Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, agreed with Bash that some men struggle to support their female partners during big moments in their careers, but said, “However, you have to put your ego aside, and it’s not about you.”
CNN will air Bash’s full interview, “Being… The Second Gentleman,” at 8 p.m. ET. on Saturday
With his wife making history as the first female vice president, Emhoff is adjusting to her role in the administration. He spent most of his life as a Southern Californian until now, working in large law firms, first as a managing director, then as a partner, negotiating and navigating contracts and litigating on behalf of clients, many of whom were in the entertainment industry.
Emhoff, who has been married to Harris since 2014, was somewhat accustomed to the machinations of Washington, especially through Harris’s work as a United States senator. But when he entered the presidential campaign, Emhoff really got a taste for politics.
On the day of the inauguration, Emhoff completely severed ties with his law firm, not wanting to create a conflict of interest. Refusing a home state, friends, family, even a career is often the case for political spouses.