March 26th, 2010
11:49 AM ET
10 years ago

Pelosi still waiting for the birthday gift she really wants

Washington (CNN) - After more than a year of wrangling with the White House, the Senate, and her own House Democratic colleagues, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally got to sign final health care reform legislation on her 70th birthday and send it to the president to sign into law. But as much as Pelosi called signing the bill "a birthday privilege," she's still still waiting for the present she really wants - a pool table.

The Speaker told reporters after the bill signing that her husband wasn't sold on the idea of the pool table, so she enlisted her grandchildren to lobby him. "They are going to work on pop, which is my husband."

Pelosi was still hopeful she'd get her birthday wish, and is headed home California to celebrate with her family.

To mark the occasion, Pelosi's House colleagues sang "happy birthday" and presented her with a chocolate cake, her favorite. House Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin, D-Michigan, joked afterwards that passing health care reform "was not a piece of cake."


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soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. POOL

    I guess you can call democrats the 8 ball because we're the last ball to get knocked off the table.

    March 26, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Come on right wingnuts, donate to the Pelosi Pool Table Fund. She has earned it.

    March 26, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Captain Awesome

    I'll send her a new broom to fly around on. 🙂

    March 26, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    In another article, Rove said he did not want Cheney. Finally something that turdblossom and I agree on.

    March 26, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Phoebes

    Good lord, she's 70 years old? She does look old and I don't know, she looks like she has a face lift or at least tries to have one. Her face is weird and unstructured, is weird.

    Good for her and her wishful thinking, a pool table? You're telling me that she can't afford a pool table? This weird looking face can't? She should just buy one for her birthday, I buy things that I don't really need and I consider them as an occassion.

    Thank God she's leaving to go celebrate. I personally don't think she's bright, smart, influential, inspiring, charismatic, etc. Seen her quite enough but nope, she doesn't make the cut at all.

    March 26, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. John

    I'm just as liberal as the next guy, but I'm just not a fan of this woman. She's so polarizing. Could be a mistake in the upcoming elections.

    March 26, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Dale

    This from a lady that has never known poverty or had to live pay check to pay check.

    March 26, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Just an old hag with.....

    an 11% approval rating......better buy her some diapers.....

    March 26, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Happy Birthday Madame Speaker and thank you, again, for having the gonads that are so sorely lacking in congress right now to make sure that America got it's loooong overdue health care reform.

    March 26, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. And I'm waiting for MY birthday gift . . .

    . . . to NEVER again have Pelosi as a senator from my home state, California!

    March 26, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    How about just a pool... with lead swim fins.

    March 26, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Casey

    Interesting choice of photo for the story, CNN. I know she's not a minx, but you didn't have to pick a photo that makes it look like she want's to bite of Paul Tonko's nose.

    March 26, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Dave

    I'd like to spank her 70 times.

    March 26, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. JP

    I was leaving a comment on another ticker story regarding the results of a police investigation into the gun fire at Rep Eric Cantor's (R-Va) office when, all of the sudden, comments are no longer accepted....

    Hmmm...It would be nice if the media were as diligent in reporting the results of police investigations of currently unsubstaniated claims of threats and "violence" against democratic congressmen. If the past were to repeat itself (as is usually the case), as soon as it is discovered that the threats and violence did not come from those "crazy", "dangerous" Tea Partiers or GOP supporters, the media drops the story... Funny how the media is OK with propagating rumors which demonize a particular group, but unwilling to report the truth when it comes out. I'll leave it up to CNN to be the beacon of truth and report on ALL the outcomes of these cases of threats and violence.

    P.S. Why should Pelosi get what she really wants when she (forcibly)gave the vast majority of the country what they DIDN'T want?

    March 26, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. double standard

    Good job Dems !! I will continue to vote for you !!

    March 26, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Dee

    Hope she gets a pinks slip and is off in the sunset (Retirement). She is destroying our country...

    March 26, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. mike

    did she take the government jet that she thinks shes entitlied to what she should do is get on her broom and ride it all the way to nutland and wright surrennder american people in the sky .

    March 26, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Happy Birthday Speaker Pelosi and thanks for a job well done.

    March 26, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Scott

    I'm not a huge fan of hers but she looks pretty good for 70. I never would have thought she was that age. Happy Birthday!

    March 26, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Terry607

    Her present to us is a economic mess, ridled with trillions of $$ we don't have and programs the majority doesn't want!
    She should retire now and give up her goverment bennies for what she's done to the rest of us!

    March 26, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Chad from Tampa

    She thinks this is all a game! This woman is insane!

    March 26, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Terry607

    Her present to us is a economic mess, ridled with trillions of $$ spending we don't have and programs the majority doesn't want!
    She should retire now and give up her goverment bennies for what she's done to the rest of us!

    March 26, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Fitz in Texas

    I'm celebrating Pelosi birthday by not buying Star-Kist/Del Monte products. Her husband, Paul Pelosi, owns $17 MILLION in stock. So, happy birthday LIMOUSINE LIBERAL!

    March 26, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Voted4HealthCare

    Happy Birthday, Speaker Pelosi! The leadership from health care should go down in history as a great example of strength for women. Thank you!

    March 26, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. SocialismBad

    In November she'll get her REAL present! Removal as Speaker of the House. A present to the country as well!

    March 26, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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