November 3rd, 2010
04:42 PM ET
12 years ago

Hill Hallways: Pelosi cat and mouse

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her team just played an impressive game of cat and mouse to avoid those of us in the Capitol Hill press corps.

We knew she was scheduled for a 3 p.m. interview with Diane Sawyer down the hall and around the corner from her second floor Capitol Hill office.

Usually Pelosi takes the direct route. But today that meant passing a slew of reporters, including the CNN Capitol Hill team, hoping to ask her unanswered questions about her future.

We got a sense that she was going to try to fake us out when Capitol Police officers who guard her suite began to move forward and block our view of a private elevator.

Finally, after waiting for over an hour outside her office, I caught a glimpse of Pelosi getting on that elevator.

My colleague, CNN congressional producer Deirdre Walsh, was already positioned on the first floor just in case Pelosi tried to elude us, and I ran down to join her.

But, it seems that the Speaker took the elevator to the third floor, and walked all the way across the House side of the Capitol to get on a second elevator, back down to the second floor.

It was an elaborate move to try to avoid us, but we quickly figured it out and ran to find her. My other colleague, congressional producer Lesa Jansen was already in position.

Sure enough, after running back up the stairs from the first floor, we heard the ding of the elevator, and out came the Speaker.

Her security detail and aides were trying to push her through the narrow hallway already crowded with television equipment for the interview she was about to do.

"Clear the path ma'am," one officer said. "Space, space, space," is what her press secretary yelled.

Still, I got close enough to ask her if she had made up her mind about whether she was going to stay on as House Minority Leader, or leave Congress.

She didn't answer. Just then she saw her grandchildren at the door where she was headed, and was gone.

It turns out we weren't the only ones she wouldn't talk to about this. A Pelosi aide said afterward she wouldn't tell Diane Sawyer what she's going to do either. She said she is still talking to her caucus, and her family.

When she left the room after the interview, Lesa and Deirdre reported that she was asked whether she would be here next year. Pelosi smiled and said "I'll let you know."

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. vic nashville tn

    Nancy Pelosi is very active House Speaker she Know it was coming many congressmen after casting their vote for Health care they retired

    After 2014 30 million will thanks her this called politics

    November 3, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Erik S.

    She was bad for Obama and bad for America, now she can just return to ruining only California.

    November 3, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. S. In California Okay, What Now?

    You have NOTHING to be ashamed of. Thank you for not turning on your party and for standing up for millions of Americans. I hope you much success. Besides doing a good job you are a classy lady and a sharp dresser. I will miss your outfits should you decide to leave. God bless you Ms. Pelosi.

    November 3, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Naqib

    What an idiot...
    You're next...
    Largest one sided victory in 62 Years... Nice job Pelosi and the rest... America makes it loud and clear... yet you still don't get it

    November 3, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. diridi

    Out come is good for Dems....because Ball is with Republicans....o.k, people are watching 2012. Either fortunately or unfortunately they do not have any good candidates....all know, Mitt Romney, and John Bohner, Mitch McConnol, and forget Eric cantor, he does not even know most of the stuff how machinery works....o.k....Dems need to stay together on single not care for blue cat., etc, if you do this, Independents will vanish and get sold out to GOP....wake for America, it is watching....all times are not ours...know...veto health care..nation's people need is a right not a god, senate is yours....

    November 3, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. William

    Now you know how Republicans felt while she has been speaker. They couldn't talk to her either but she sure did talk at them.

    November 3, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Great job Speaker Pelosi! You did what was right for the people. You have nothing to be ashamed of.

    November 3, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Eddie P

    Pelosi was a bold and effective speaker. I'm very proud of her for standing up to all the special interests that fought her. She's one of the few representatives that actually fights for the people she represents. The GOP can slander her all they want with their misinformation and lies. They hated her because she never backed down, and in the end, we will all benefit from it, whether Fox News tells you or not.

    November 3, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Scott in Atlanta

    Nancy, you did the right thing, the exact right way. You made it happen and history will not forget you. Take your well deserve rest with respect... If somebody is not hating you, then you're not being effective!

    November 3, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. A Brighter Day

    What a difference a day makes 🙂 One VERY happy citizen today and add icing to the cake....look at all those Republican Governors across the land 🙂 Can you say "redistricting"....BLAHHHHHHHH

    November 3, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Making Pelosi look bad won't help the Republicans change anything. You better hold onto your coattail because we're in for a long hard ride ahead and Pelosi won't be around to blame.

    November 3, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. John

    What amazes me is when you consider what the democrats have done to California, how could they vote Pelosi, Boxer, and the rest of the socialistic gang back in? Amazing.....or just stupidity.

    We have been blessed with the scientific determination there is a genetic motivator for a person to be a liberal. I have been a long time supporter of the premise gays are born with a genetic reason they are gay. I fully support that with the clear understanding other factors such as environment and an amount of choice also play roles. One can only hope they can find suitable treatments for both of these genetic defects and rid the world of both scourges.

    Mr. President, listen to the people you have sworn an oath to – ABOVE your Democratic ideals. No more gov meddling oin business as every attempt has ended in failure – not the purpose or role of the government. Next, NO AMNESTY. Secure our borders! Arrest and deport ALL illegals (including relatives of politicians). Arrest employers of illegals. No more anchor babies. Enforce our federal laws. Make America safe for Americans. DO YOUR JOB.

    What else really blows is after you die you always vote Democrat!

    November 3, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Dustin

    Nothing to be ashamed of, or hide away from, as far as I'm concerned. Great job Pelosi.

    November 3, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Troy W.

    The election was a shot across everyones bow. The country is neither left nor is center. Dems and Reps must work together. Now maybe since neither has power they will be forced to work together. I find it hard to believe that either party is purposely out to ruin the country...but if they don't work together that's exactly what they will do. Find common ground on national issues, leave the sticky issues up to the states where they can be more responsive to the needs of their voters.

    November 3, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Marilynn

    Maybe now Ms. Pelosi will have the time to read the darn health bill she was adimant to shove on us. It does add millions to our health coverage....millions of people and millions of dollars.....they just don't get it....where do they think the money is going to come from...we have less and less taxpayers and more and more tax takers....Creating jobs...government jobs only add to the problem....they forget that our government was started "for the people, by the people"...this government has become against us!! I think they need to take a class in US History!!!

    November 3, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. keepstufingthis

    vic, nashville@ Those of us who will actually be paying for it as we are now, will be cursing her. Remember there was no increase in our health care premiums with this bill. Who do you think pays for this? Pelosi and Obama lied. She and the liberals stole money from me to give to the dopers and Oprah watchers and it made me and millions of others very mad. Good riddance to this wicked, evil, lying, thieving, botoxed witch.

    November 3, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Gale

    Whatsa matta folks, can't poor ole Pelosi ride the big jet anymore? This arrogant, hateful, demeaning person put all of the blame on herself. Now she can live with it! Why do you think the Dems kept her underwraps for the last couple of weeks? She wasn't even good for the Democrat party.

    November 3, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. BJ

    Pelosi is a NUTJOB! Most undoubtedly the worst Speaker in U.S. history! Good riddance!

    November 3, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Jimbob

    Shouldn't the press be interviewing Sarah Palin?

    She's much more interesting.

    November 3, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. LIP

    Nancy was a good soldier; did her job and did it well. Started in 2006, two full years before Bush was retired and said numerous times that she was bringing George and the Republicans down. Looks like the American public got caught in the crossfire and became collateral damage. Now we can get back to the work of the "people" and undo this mess she and Barney and Reid and Chris Dodd and Schumer created.

    November 3, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Rickster

    It must be a very tough time to be a democrat. With the election of Obama you were finally able to implement all of your grandiose, utopian ideas and put them into practice only to find out that all of those dreams that you believed in with every fiber of your body are complete and total failures. The guy you thought was the answer to all of your dreams has turned out to be an incompetent, rank amateur. Take heart, for yesterday's election was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal ...

    November 3, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. Monster Zero

    Show her the door and don't forget to get her jet keys!

    November 3, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. A believer

    I feel so good today ~ thank you Nancy!

    November 3, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. Sonnie

    This vile woman did all she could to destroy the American Dream and advance socialisim. She could not run a shoe store and yet she want to tell WE THE PEOPLE what is good for us. The lazy leaches and blood sucker were the only one that thought she was the real ticket

    She will not be missed/

    November 3, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. Carne dulce'

    You just have to keep asking yourself how can Unions provide millions of dollars to campaigns? I mean what could possibly be in it for them, aside from contracts, pension contributions, political favors? How could anyone be so stupid as to join a Union and pay some other schmuck to look after your job for you, the only thing they have done is to drive the cost of Union goods far beyond the International competitive market? Seems to me it is nothing more than vote buying scam and it sure doesn't seem to be what is best for our Nation... I say hunt George Soros and these Union shills down and send them to Gitmo, they are just as dangerous to America as any Taliban or Al Qaeda operative. One World Order my Order-hole.

    November 3, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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