Saturday, December 4, 2010


I like her.

What's to say about a woman whose face is instantly recognizable, who has been in the news, on television, whose voice I recognize, as well as her manner, her bearing.

I like her.

Why are people surprised that she chose to remain in Congress as the minority leader? I guess they felt she enjoyed her power, and would dislike taking a back seat. (I never got the impression that she loved being in the limelight -- when paparazzi were hovering, she seemed somewhat embarrassed.)

I felt that she liked and understood her job, and had no reluctance about expressing her opinion -- it usually fit with the President's opinion. When it didn't, it was never Nancy Pelosi versus the President. It was Pelosi wanting to help him achieve what he wanted to achieve.

I like her.

She didn't say "I." She used the pronoun "We." Her cheerful, upbeat manner affirmed that she believed in what she was doing. I remember a couple of occasions when she explained some whys and wherefores. When she did, it seemed sensible, not teacherish, just practical.

I like that.

At times, it was if she were Obama's partner -- not a wife, but similar to a wife -- in her consistent loyalty, her ability to change the subject when reporters were bombarding her with questions.

Right now, the media constantly refers to Obama being trounced, Obama failing -- the White House being seriously rebuked by the public's lack of support -- the midterms as a disaster for Obama.

That Pelosi will continue to work with the President says the midterms were just midterms, not a rebuke or a disaster. She's ready to use her knowledge, skills, experience -- her rapport with the President -- to help him move ahead on his agenda.

Pelosi is showing us that actions speak louder than words.

That's why I'm letting you know, I like Nancy Pelosi.


Carola said...

For some reason I have never liked her: we women can be so critical of each other sometimes! But my husband has always reminded me of how extremely effective she is, one of the most effective Speakers in many years.

Kevin Daly said...

I'm a fairly intuitive person - I don't know why, but I've always seem to be keyed in to people and getting accurate readings. With Pelosi there is something about her I just don't care for. It's not her success or ambition or her politics or achievements, but there is something on a deeper almost inexplicable level that bothers me about her. I wish I could put my finger on exactly what it is, but it's just one of those things...

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