I <3 Nancy Pelosi

April 29, 2009 § 1 Comment

Nancy Pelosi at a Commonwealth Speaker Event

Nancy Pelosi at a Commonwealth Club of California Speaker Event in San Francisco

My sister interns for the Commonwealth Club of California, and one of the perks she receives from interning is being able to go to speaker events they put on, for free! Considering the economy and the fact that she’s working, well, for free, she jumps at the chance to go to a speaker event, and I jump at the chance to tag along. On Wednesday, April 15th, the Commonwealth Club brought none other than Ms. Speaker-of-the-House herself, Nancy Pelosi. She had a book signing at the end, and since it’s about women in power, I decided to buy a copy for her to sign; it’s called, Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters. There are many reasons why I absolutely admire her, but I won’t go into all of them (mainly because it’s 1 AM, and for some reason, I’m writing this as opposed to being asleep in my bed). When I interned for the Democratic National Committee, on the application to apply for the internship, it asked who our favorite politician was, and why. So of course I put Nancy Pelosi. Reasons being: She’s completely awesome, first Female Speaker of the House, she’s completely awesome, closest a woman has gotten to the Presidency in this country, she’s completely awesome, she’s living proof that women don’t need to give up family to pursue a career or vice versa, she’s completely awesome, she signed my copy of her book, and did I mention, she’s completely awesome? Well, okay, I didn’t put down “she’s completely awesome” on the application, obviously…I’d like to think I can articulate my words better than that.

At the event, she spoke about a number of topics (of course the Economy was mentioned), but what stood out to me was what she said regarding health care reform. According to Pelosi, we may soon be seeing health care reform sometime this year. I’m sure I’m not the first to say it, nor will I be the last, but, I’d just like to say, it’s about damn time. I’m not a fan of my $40 copay. My favorite answer to a question was her answer to a question someone asked regarding the difference between working as Speaker of the House under President Bush and his administration, versus under President Obama and his administration. While under Bush, she mentioned that Bush would often remind her of the chain of command, “One, two, three…see that? That’s the chain of command”…One being Bush himself, two being Cheney, and three being herself. On working under President Obama, she sighed (a good sigh, obviously), and said, “With President Obama, he has a great intellect. Having a great intellect saves a lot of time.” I couldn’t agree more.

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