Appearing at a fundraiser in her San Francisco hometown, President Obama Wednesday laid it on thick for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, lauding her as a “visionary” leader who is nevertheless also “practical” and even “spoils her grandkids.”
Most Republicans view Pelosi as among the most partisan leaders in either Party, sticking to a typical liberal agenda and doing – and saying – whatever it takes to advance her agenda.
But Obama feels differently. From the White House transcript of a fundraiser for House Democrats at the San Francisco home of Gordon Getty:
And I am here because there are very few people in public office who I am more fond of and respectful than the person who just introduced me, Nancy Pelosi. She is thoughtful, she’s visionary, she’s as tough as nails. (Laughter.) She is practical. She never lets ideology cloud her judgment. She’s constantly motivated by how do we create a country that is more just, more fair, more dynamic. She knows why she’s in public life. It’s connected to her values — the values that she grew up with, the values that she’s raised her kids, and now spoils her grandkids with. (Laughter.) And I’m just so proud to call her a friend.
Obama said that while he hopes to get immigration reform and gun control legislation approved by Congress before the 2014 elections, he will also do plenty of legislating from the Oval Office by fiat, claiming there is “a lot of stuff that we can do administratively.”
But Obama was also clear that much of his agenda would only be possible with a Congress fully controlled by Democrats, as it was when he got Obamacare passed.
“I would be dishonest if I didn’t say that it would be a whole lot easier to govern if I had Nancy Pelosi as Speaker,” Obama said, indicating a Democratic House would be required to pass his plan to guarantee early childhood education, provide access to college for all, create a “smart grid” focused on renewable energy, and deal with global warming “in a serious way.”