September 17th, 2009
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Pelosi gets emotional about political climate

(CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who appears to rank only behind President Obama as a top target of health care reform opponents, grew visibly emotional Thursday when asked to compare the current political climate to that of years past.

"We are a free country and this balance between freedom and safety is one that we have to carefully balance," Pelosi said at a Capitol Hill press conference as she appeared to get emotional. "I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this myself in the late 70s in San Francisco.

"This kind of rhetoric was very frightening and it gave - it created a climate in which violence took place and so I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made, understanding the ears that it is falling on are not as balanced as the person making the statement might assume," she added.

The California Democrat's image was a popular one among "Tea Party" protesters on Capitol Hill last weekend, used on signs with derogatory messages like "Congress, look what happens from too much pork."

Pelosi reiterated her commitment Thursday to a public option in the House version of the health care bill, a day after Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus unveiled a compromise bill that lacks the controversial provision.

"A public option will be in the bill that passes the House of Representatives," she said.

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  1. Jeff

    I guess it wasn't a problem for Pelosi and Co. to denounce Bush and his supporters. Repubs are fair game, but the delicate little Democrats are scared to be criticized. If people continue to vote fools like her into office, they get what they deserve.

    September 17, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. lulu

    The 9-12 March on Washington:

    Not one speck of violence, and all trash was disposed of properly. After Obama's inauguration, there were literally mountains of trash left behind.

    Between Americans being called racists and terrorists, and now Pelosi's reference to violence, it's a wonder that people aren't storming the steps of Congress with pitchforks in hand.

    Nancy, this will not be a problem after 2010 when Americans vote all you scumbags out (both dems and repubs). We're sick of you and sick of our representatives thinking the taxpayers are their personal bank accounts.

    September 17, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. NH Independent

    Pelosi is undoubtedly the most insincere plastic person ever. The end.

    September 17, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. The Voice

    Not worth getting emotional.

    TEA Partiers=neo-cons, republicans, warmongers, status quo, supression, anti-american, racist, whit-supremist, ignorance, hatred, evil, Bushie loyals, the last eight years, voted for Bush twice and the list goes on!!!

    September 17, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Ben in Texas

    Pelosi is disliked on both sides. The righties seem to think she is ultra-liberal, which is demonstrably untrue. Many on the right don't like her because of her gender/party combination, irrespective of her policies and actions.

    From the other side, progressives understand that she had the opportunity and obligation to impeach Bush and Cheney, and she abrogated her responsibility. That failure will not be forgiven, and its consequences will come back to haunt America.

    September 17, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |

    More leaders in DC need to speak up. I have seen, heard, and read most of the GOP like the hate, fear, and division that is going on in this country, in fact they PAY big money to the organizations that encourage the less educated, ignorant, people with NO breeding and class to behave this way.

    It is ok to disagree, to critique BUT PLEASE HAVE SOME THING BETTER OR JUST SOMETHING TO OFFER. OH , and please stop stop attacking the man and the man's character when you do not agrees with what he says. Example, comments about Jimmy Carter, this man has lived in the SOUTH all his life, has traveled the world, has been in settings where as a white man has heard comments form other white people. THIS MAN IS NOT LYING, HE IS TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS COUNTRY AND MANY OF YOU IN AMERICA ARE IN DENIAL.
    carter himting ;YO

    September 17, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. 60's survivor

    she's right and so is jimmy carter. no one can convince me otherwise. I saw and heard it in the past and it has risen up again louder and just as dangerous as before. these people may not be the majority but it only takes one or two raving maniacs to cause a calamity

    September 17, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Proud American

    Pelosi is a fraud.

    September 17, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Anarchy X

    Interesting. I'm thinking in late 70's San Francisco it would have been liberal Dems using "the language that is being used" today. And now she's afraid of it? Considering what her hubby does and how both he and she have profited greatly off the Iraq War while she spouts off against it, this kind of hypocrisy is not all that surprising, though. This is the best the Dems in the House could do for a leader, huh? Sad.

    September 17, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. TCM

    Too bad Plastic face! You've spent your career in Washington trying to screw over the good people of this nation...back your botox and head out of town!

    September 17, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Sylvia

    she should look in the mirror as she started it all by calling us horrific names such as astro turf.....

    September 17, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. JH

    This woman is the exemplification of Washington, what more can be said............God Help us all.

    September 17, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Joshua College Station Texas

    I like Nancy Pelosi. I think she is careful and exercises good judgment. The folks I hear put her down all the time scare me. They seem angry, unbalanced, idealistic, and out-of-touch with the realities of governing in this volatile climate. I sympathize with her concerns regarding our collective safety. We should all take a breather and calm down a bit, about everything.

    September 17, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. TCM

    she continues on to say some of the "...ears that the statements fall upon aren't balance..." Are you speaking for yourself, Nancy? You seem more unbalanced than ANYONE I've seen at any teaparty on tv, or in're a nutjob, and you can't handle the truth!

    September 17, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Yep, that's one of the side effects of one party rule.

    September 17, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Tunde Akins

    I'm black and I was excited about Obama becoming president simply because he's black (not racist, but its something I've always thought wont happen in my lifetime), but when I realized what was about to happen when a defeated George (i mean John) McCain... I started to just hope he can get through the 1st term w/o being shot/killed. Hopefully, he'll fix the nation with his one term and resign and let another truthful soul lead the nation.

    I dont want him to have a 2nd term, I would rather him be alive than a dead 2nd term president.

    September 17, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. HorkusMac

    Nice. She gets emotional about the climate, but has no issue with supporting legislation that kills unborn babies. At least her priorities are in order. Just another something else CNObamaN won't post.

    September 17, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. CM

    Hmmm balance freedom and safety.... Do you think she realizes in doing so you end up with neither? Any limit to free speech and it ceases to be free doesnt it

    September 17, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. S M R

    It's sad that the right will fight against something like Healthcare reform That will bring lower costs to all. The Status-Quo of Healthcare will eventually bankrupt America while the RICH GET RICHER. So much for the AMERICAN DREAM I've worked all my life for. 🙁

    September 17, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Tundermoon

    COWARD! Oh wait that's what the attorney general called us...My bad..

    September 17, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Thank you it is very well said : one as many others do truly understand how words creates a terrain that breeds violence and nobody wants to experience this from living in a free country and every one has a social responsibility to security!

    September 17, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. S Callahan

    Is this what God mean when he said no man is greater than another.
    Ahhhhhh Pride falls hard.

    September 17, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. David from WI

    Good thing for her then the right are the ones DEFENDING the police and CIA and DO believe in law and order.

    How many arrests were there at the Tea Party DC demonstrations.

    ZERO that's how many.

    Of course she did mention San Fransisco and that is such a bastion of right wing conservatism so I would assume she is talking toward the left side of the isle.

    There are cooks in any crowd I do agree but she might want to be a little careful she might make matters worse.
    God help our county and keep all within its boarders safe.

    September 17, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Steph

    Not as balanced, not as stable, but often armed. So yes, we are afraid! The right and left need to reign in their lunatic fringe so we can have a serious and honest debate about how to best serve the people (all the people) of this great country! God Bless America!

    September 17, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. tpbco


    Is this the same person who attack the previous administration at will at every turn? I think so. Is this the party who routinely voted against measures AFTER voting for them to advance their poltical agenda. I think so.


    September 17, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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