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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  1. indy

    Maybe her colleagues can give her the pool table as a going away gift if she doesn't get re-elected. She would have lots of time to use it then!

    March 26, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    How about a brain?

    March 26, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. george hague

    Good for her. Pelosi should retire while she's on top. She is a big part of the grid lock issue with the "R's"

    March 26, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. jojomcgee

    Pelosi is such a nasty person.

    March 26, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Independant Vet

    Give her a pink slip. an a bus ticket home.

    March 26, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Mike in MN

    At a rally in Iowa on Thursday, Obama dared Republicans to try to repeal the new health reform law. "If they want to have that fight, I welcome that fight," Obama said. "My attitude? Go for it."

    Why is Pelosi and the Democrats and the Media not concerned with Obama's violent challange to the Republicans to have a fight? Will the SEIU interpet this dangerous rehoritic by Obama to as a call to attack the next peaceful Tea Party protest? Will the SEIU come with clubs and baseball bats?

    How many of the mentaly ill on the far left (which accounts for just about all of them) will be incensed to violence by Obama's call to physically attack anyone who opposes Obamacare? Any president who is so reckless with his speech should be impeached.

    March 26, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Connie in Tennessee

    Happy Birthday Speaker Pelosi. You have made me so proud to be a Democrat and a woman. You have been able to accomplish so much.
    Keep up the good work!

    March 26, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Clint, Wa.

    Happy birthday Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and congratulations.

    March 26, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. D.

    When you have a job (at least till Nov) and a millionaire hubby, you can ignore working for creating jobs and worry about pool tables. Everything is propaganda!

    March 26, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. hongli

    It's time that John McCain get some of that Health Reform Stress off by having Sarah Palin up in Arizonafor the week-end. I hope he can cope with the young moose from Alaska. Just hoping Todd was not invited so that the old fellow can have some fun in the Arizona desert.

    March 26, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Dar

    Happy Birthday Nancy 🙂 (God that was hard to be nice to her)

    March 26, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Frank P

    I despise this woman because she really is not qualified to be where she is today, and because she is trying to turn this nation, along with Obama, into what we Americans are not made of!!!

    March 26, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. NDaigle

    Wow, she looks good for 70. Maybe we all should go into politics.

    March 26, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. forget bipartisanship

    more botox for this clown.

    March 26, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Michelle

    Happy Birthday Sweetie!

    March 26, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. willard bullock

    I know you are cheat that congression demorctor make trying cheat help with you

    March 26, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Cynthia -Mpls, MN

    Why is this news?!?

    March 26, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Right Leaning Independent

    AT&T just announced a first quarter charge of $1 billion due to the health care reform! I hope there are not too many of you bloggers that were excited for the passage of health care reform working for AT&T! I think there may be some layoffs on the horizon.... The reality of this bill is having faster repercussions than I thought it would!

    March 26, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    House Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin, D-Michigan, joked afterwards that passing health care reform "was not a piece of cake."
    _____________________________________________________
    Americans will be choking on it when they finally realize what that cake costs. $1 trillion is just the start. Higher health insurance premiums are guaranteed and when they find out all that gets us is a place in a much longer line, the only thing universal will be the dislike of ObamaCare.

    March 26, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. joe

    She will gt her present in November when she is no longer Speaker of the House and hopefully the people in her district will wake up and boot her completely out of the Congress..

    March 26, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Gale

    Yeah, did she use the presidential jet this time to go home to CA? Maybe she should lick the cream off her lips before she goes.

    March 26, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Felonious Monk

    When you achieve a certain amount of wealth you should buy your own pool tables and not bother Americans with what you want for your silver spoon birthday.

    I am a liberal and support liberal causes, but wealth is a great responsibility not fully accepted by some of our wealthy citizens.

    March 26, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. montag

    Happy Birthday, Nancy! You look great for 70!

    March 26, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. JES

    Isn't it time for you to retire yet.

    Start spending your own money for a change and not ours.

    All of you should be ashamed that you help ram this bill down our throats.

    March 26, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. mary

    Happy birthday, Nancy. You make some of us women proud.

    March 26, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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