Kamala Harris surprised a young teen from San Jose, after his portrait of her went viral on social media. Tyler Gordon, 14, had done a beautiful painting of Harris in tribute to her becoming the first woman Vice-President of the United States.
Tyler was not only overwhelmed that his painting had reached the Democratic leader, but was also moved that she decided to call him. Gordon shared a video of his conversation with Harris on Twitter. “Oh my God! I’m overwhelmed with the magnificence of your artistry! You really have a gift,” the VP-elect told Gordon over the phone. “You really have a gift, my goodness. I was so touched to see it,” she added.
— Tyler Gordon (@Official_tylerg) November 26, 2020
“Thank you so much Mrs. @KamalaHarris it was amazing talking with you today!!! Also thank you Mrs. @ChelseaClinton for believing in me and helping me to reach Mrs. Harris!!!” the teen wrote while sharing the clip.
Harris too shared a video of their conversation that took place on Thanksgiving Day as she lauded him for his artistic talent.
Thank you to everyone who tagged me in @Official_tylerg’s video. I was able to call him before Thanksgiving to tell him how much I appreciate him sharing his gift with all of us. pic.twitter.com/VYLEZ5nQe5
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 27, 2020
Earlier this week, Gordon had shared a timelapse video with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, showing how his painting — a portrait of Harris — came to life. He appealed to users on the micro-blogging site to retweet his work so it can be seen by Harris herself.
Gordon’s hard work paid off as the video got over a million views online and caught the eye of Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Bill Clinton, who tagged Harris and told her to check out his “beautiful portrait.”
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) November 25, 2020
After their conversation, Clinton said she was delighted they got a chance to speak and added: “His portrait of her deserves prime placement in Number One Observatory Circle (where VP Harris & @DouglasEmhoff will live Jan. 20th).”
❤️ our future Vice President @KamalaHarris & so happy @Official_tylerg got to speak with her! His portrait of her deserves prime placement in Number One Observatory Circle (where VP Harris & @DouglasEmhoff will live Jan. 20th). On Thanksgiving eve, grateful for Kamala & Tyler 🇺🇸! https://t.co/rRvqpCjB7E
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) November 26, 2020
Gordon told NBC Bay Area that he chose Harris as his subject because she inspired him to overcome hurdles. “She broke through tons of barriers and I broke through tons of barriers myself with my stutter, me being in a wheelchair for two years and me being deaf since I was six,” he said. “I broke through tons of barriers and I feel like she represents that.”
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