DATELINE: Don’t Call Her Corona Harris!
It is a shock to the system when my friend, who speaks with a thick French Creole accent, insisted that he believed that Joe Biden would name Corona Virus as his Vice President.
I had to stop and to wonder if he were speaking metaphorically. And, he was agitated with me for asking if the question and answer were “rhetorical,” a figure of speech.
Some years ago when we were talking about how he liked to go to the local pond and feed the flamingos. I pointed out at the time that there were no flamingos in the pond, and the area was not on the flamingo migration route.
It took some time to figure out that he meant “swans,” and who could blame him for improving his English vocabulary with a fancy word like flamingo. The birds were big, had long and curved necks, and were graceful. Yep, flamingo and swan, quite similar.
However, the notion that Biden might use Corona Virus as his mainstay to defeat Trump was intriguing too. It took some back and forth for the discussion to evolve from metaphor to actual person. He knew what former candidate for president was, in his parlance, Corona Virus.
When the light dawned, and the true person he believed would be the ultimate selection of Biden came clear, I was convulsed with hilarity. It was as if we had a premonition of what nickname Trump would place on the vice- presidential nomination of Joe Biden.
Who was the black woman candidate? You may have already guessed: the name resonates with corona virus.
Well, she can be Kamala Virus or in some places she should be Corona Harris. Yes, he meant Kamala Harris. Oi vey.