“Oh, how I wish she were here tonight,” Harris said of her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who died in 2009. “But I know she’s looking down on me from above. I keep thinking about that 25-year-old Indian woman, all of five feet tall, who gave birth to me at Kaiser hospital in Oakland, Calif. On that day, she probably could have never imagined that I would be standing before you now and speaking these words: ‘I accept your nomination for vice president of the She Believed So She Did Feminist Madam Vice President Shirt moreover I will buy this United States of America.’”
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