Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s meltdown while being interviewed on Congress’ just-passed, monster relief bill by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was something to behold.
PJ Media had excellent commentary on the incident, which was noteworthy even by the standards of contemporary Washington. You can scroll down to see the not-to-be-missed episode.
It all happened as Blitzer was trying to bring the interview to an end. Here is PJ’s transcript of the incident (but you really need to watch it):
Blitzer: Madam Speaker these are incredibly difficult times right now. And we’ll leave it on that note. Thank you so much….
Pelosi: No. No, we’ll leave it on the note you are not right on this Wolf. I hate to say that to you. But I feel confident about it and I feel confident about my colleagues. And I feel confident in my Chairs.
Blitzer: It’s not about me, it’s about millions of Americans who can’t put food on the table, who can’t pay the rent and are having trouble…
Pelosi: And we represent them. (Blitzer attempts to respond and Pelosi gets repetitive) And we represent them. And we represent them. And we represent them. We know them. We represent them and we know them. We know them. We represent them, yes.
Blitzer: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good as they say here in Washington.
Pelosi: It’s nowhere near perfect.
Blitzer: Madam Speaker
Pelosi: Always the case but we’re not even close to the good.
Blitzer: All right. Let’s see what happens because every day is critically, critically important. Thanks so much for joining us.
Pelosi: Thank you for your sensitivity to our constituents’ needs.
Blitzer: I am sensitive to them because I see them on the street begging for food. Begging for money. Madam Speaker, thank you so much….
Pelosi: Have you fed them? We feed them. We feed them.
Blitzer: We’ll continue this conversation down the road for sure. We’ll take a quick break and we’ll be right back.
“We feed them.”
Thanks, Lady Bountiful, but how demeaning.
Americans don’t want to be fed by Ms. Pelosi, or government relief efforts.
Americans want to feed themselves. Many are clamoring to end the government policies that shut down their businesses and prevent them from doing this.
Does Ms. Pelosi see the citizens of this country as pigeons in the park, waiting for a crumb to be tossed their way?
Crumbs is a resonant word for Pelosi—the San Fran multimillionaire described $1,000 bonuses occasioned by Trump tax cuts as “crumbs,” while she calls the $600 that the relief bill will send to many as “significant.”
But I don’t want to debate the size of checks to Americans. Going back to work is the only real relief for Americans.
At a time when Americans are struggling, the COVID relief bill has some questionable items: such as $10 million for “gender programs” in Pakistan, $40 million for the Kennedy Center. But the Kennedy Center came out way behind help to Cambodia ($86 million), Burma ($453 million), Nepal ($135 million), and Sudan ($700 million).
And is this the right time for establishment of a new Women’s History Museum and American Latino Museum at the Smithsonian? Just asking.
Ms. Pelosi is certainly, as she boasts to the stunned Mr. Blitzer, taking care of Americans.