WASHINGTON – A security guard at the New York Times who went viral last year for her interaction with former Vice President Joe Biden was the first person to nominate the former vice president at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night.
Jacquelyn Brittany was filmed last year as she expressed her admiration for Biden, blurting out "I love you," as she escorted him to a meeting with the paper’s editorial board. She told Biden then he was her favorite and took a selfie with the him in the elevator.
Standing in front of an elevator, Brittany gave her pitch to the DNC, saying "I take powerful people up on my elevator all the time. When they get off, they go to their important meetings. Me? I just head back to the lobby. But in the short time I spent with Joe Biden, I could tell he really saw me, that he actually cared, that my life meant something to him."
"And I knew, that even when he went into his important meeting, he'd take my story in there with him," Brittany continued. "We've been through a lot, and we have tough days ahead, but nominating someone like that to be in the White House is a good place to start."
"That's why I nominate my friend as the next president of the United States," she concluded.
Jacquelyn Brittany nominates "my friend" Joe Biden for president of the United States.
She is a security guard who last year told Biden "I love you" as she escorted him in an elevator. pic.twitter.com/lW1Ji4In9o
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) August 19, 2020
While Biden lost the paper’s endorsement – the Times endorsed both Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren – his team has elevated that clip of the interaction with Brittany as evidence that Biden appeals to average working Americans rather than elites.
Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield tweeted that Brittany's was “the most powerful endorsement of the 2020 cycle.”
Brittany was one of three people putting Biden’s name into nomination on Tuesday night. She was joined virtually by Sen. Chris Coons and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, both from Delaware.
Biden formally secured enough Democratic delegates to become the party's nominee to challenge President Donald Trump Tuesday, winning one of the highest prizes in U.S. politics more than three decades after he first campaigned for it.
Contributing: Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: DNC: Security guard gives her elevator pitch in nominating Biden for president