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Doug Emhoff says teaching is hard as he adjusts to second gentleman role

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff admitted Monday that 'teaching is really hard' as he adjusts to his new dual roles of Georgetown law professor and husban

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Second gentleman Doug Emhoff admitted Monday that ‘teaching is really hard’ as he adjusts to his new dual roles of Georgetown law professor and husband to Vice President Kamala Harris

Emhoff, who exchanged his partnership at the DLA Piper law firm for a professorship after his wife was elected with President Joe Biden, said the coronavirus pandemic is complicating classroom matters.

‘First of all, I’ve learned teaching is really hard,’ he said at an event at Hook Hall in Washington D.C. with Mayor Muriel Bowser. 

‘The amount of work that you have to put in and the extra effort, especially during COVID, doing over Zoom,’ he noted. 

First lady Jill Biden also still teaches at the Northern Virginia Community College she joined when her husband was vice president. She recently said her students miss being in the classroom as she teaches them via zoom. President Biden is pushing for schools to reopen. 

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and second gentleman Doug Emhoff write messages on relief packages as they tour 'Hook Hall Helps,' a COVID-19 relief effort

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and second gentleman Doug Emhoff write messages on relief packages as they tour ‘Hook Hall Helps,’ a COVID-19 relief effort

Doug Emhoff admitted that 'teaching is really hard' as he adjusts to his new dual roles of Georgetown law professor and husband to Vice President Kamala Harris

Doug Emhoff admitted that ‘teaching is really hard’ as he adjusts to his new dual roles of Georgetown law professor and husband to Vice President Kamala Harris

On Monday afternoon, Emhoff and Bowser toured the beer hall to highlight its COVID-relief work, which includes distributing meals and care kits to local hospitality workers.   

The Hook Hall Helps project began on March 16, 2020, when DC restaurants were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers meals and supplies to furloughed and out-of-work hospitality industry workers – restaurants, hotels, caterers, and bars. 

The first-ever second gentleman in American history, Emhoff left his position as a highly-paid litigator specializing in entertainment and intellectual property law. He earned about three million dollars last year, according to his disclosure reports.

He told reporters at the Hook Hall event he is working full time in both his teaching position and educating himself as second gentleman. 

‘It’s not just going to the library and the national galleries, it’s also taking advantage of the experts in administration, learning issues, so when I’m out here advocating, I know I’m up on the issues,’ he said.

Emhoff serves as a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown and teaches a class on ‘Entertainment Law Disputes,’ drawing heavily on his professional experience.

He noted his students adjusted quickly to their new professor and his historic role, which comes with Secret Service protection and three-car motorcade.

‘Look, it’s odd the second gentleman is their teacher,’ he said. ‘But we kind of dispensed with that. It was maybe five minutes in the first class.’ 

Still, he conceded, he misses his law practice.

‘I do miss it. I did it for 30 years, I thought I was good at it and successful but what an opportunity, if I’m gonna leave to be able to be in this administration, and also to support my wife,’ he said. ‘I mean, she’s the first female vice president.’

He went to say how proud he is to support Harris in her groundbreaking role as first female vice president. 

‘We need more strong, powerful women in government, and we need strong, powerful women in business,’ he said at the event, which took place on International Women’s Day.

Emhoff won accolades for his support of his wife during her own presidential bid and then when she joined the Biden ticket. As spouse of the vice president, he’s been on hand when his wife swears in Cabinet officials and he’s visited local businesses with her to see how they are being affected by the pandemic.

He made his first solo appearance as second gentleman in January, when he visited a community farm at a Washington D.C. middle school. 

Doug Emhoff won accolades for his support of his wife, Vice President Kamala Harris

Doug Emhoff won accolades for his support of his wife, Vice President Kamala Harris

In addition to his teaching work, Doug Emhoff has joined Vice President Kamala Harris at official events, such as when she swore in Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary as his husband Chasten Buttigieg holds the bible

In addition to his teaching work, Doug Emhoff has joined Vice President Kamala Harris at official events, such as when she swore in Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary as his husband Chasten Buttigieg holds the bible

Emhoff has expressed interest in food insecurity as an issue – it’s traditional for the spouse of the vice president to take up a cause – but has made no formal announcement of any initiatives. 

One in nine Americans struggles with food insecurity, according to Feeding America, and long lines have formed at community food banks during the pandemic. 

Recipients from the Hook Hall program receive restaurant-prepared meals and a supply bag containing items such as cereal, fruit, granola bars, women’s hygiene products, and toilet paper. 

Emhoff signed two of the bags, writing ‘stay strong’ on one and ‘we will get through this’ on the other. 

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