Kamala Harris is bothered, a Saturday report revealed, as she continues to live out of suitcases awaiting completion of renovations on the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory.
Vice President Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff are living temporarily across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House at Blair House, the president’s official guest quarters known for its luxury.
‘She is getting frustrated,’ an administration official told CNN, noting that every day her desire to move into her designated house grows more intense.
The vice president, however, could be contributing to the delays despite her complaints.
According to two administration staff with knowledge of the ongoing updates to the residence Harris, who likes to cook, requested work be done to the kitchen.
The vice president’s official residence is a stately mansion situated two-and-a-half miles from the White House at the Naval Observatory in North West Washington, D.C.
Kamala Harris is ‘frustrated’ she is still living in Blair House – the president’s guest house – more than two months after inaugurations as renovations continue on the official vice president’s residence
The Blair House is known for its luxury and museum-quality piece of American history
There are more than 100 rooms, which is used to house official guests of the president, like visiting foreign dignitaries
Harris has a more informal style than that of Blair House. The guest room pictured is known as Mrs. Truman’s Bedroom
The Vice President’s Residence at the Naval Observatory in North West Washington, D.C. is undergoing renovations, like updating all seven working chimneys
Usually in the change over of residents, there are a few weeks where Naval staff who operate the home can refresh and prepare it for the incoming vice president.
The second couple, however, has been unable to move into their private residence for more than two months after inauguration as renovations and construction continues.
The official residence for the vice president, built in 1893, receives regular updates and renovations.
An administration official said the delay in construction has left Harris increasingly testy.
Recently, Harris has been spotted checking out the 9,000 square-foot mansion – even stopping by for an hour-long visit three weeks ago, according to CNN.
Harris knew at the time of inauguration that she wouldn’t immediately be moving into her residence since repairs were required that are easier conducted with an unoccupied home.
An administration official revealed some of the work required was renovating the mansion’s seven chimneys.
While Blair House is comfortable and luxurious, Harris has a tendency to prefer more informal, modern and sleek accommodations. In January, Harris moved out of her minimalist condo in D.C. to Blair House.
The more than 100 rooms of Blair House include a gym, private hair salon and thousands of antiques and museum-quality pieces.
The Blair House has been called ‘the world’s most exclusive hotel’ as it primarily is used as a guest house for visiting foreign leaders, dignitaries and other guests of the president.
Harris moved from her sleek, minimalist D.C. condo to Blair House upon inauguration
Her condo was light and airy and modern, cohesive with her more informal style – unlike the formal and antique nature of Blair House
Biden spoke fondly of his time living at One Observatory Circle, particularly lauding the heated pool, which was installed by former Vice President Dan Quayle.
‘You’re on 80 acres, overlooking the rest of the city,’ Biden said. ‘You can walk out, and there’s a swimming pool.’
‘You can ride a bicycle around and never leave the property, and work out – but the White House is very different,’ he lauded.
The vice president’s residence (VPR) is situated on 13 acres of gated land, not 80.
The entire Naval Observatory compound, however, is 72 acres, which includes several buildings and offices.