Obama praises 'tough as nails' Pelosi at California fundraiser
April 4th, 2013
08:14 AM ET
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Obama praises 'tough as nails' Pelosi at California fundraiser

(CNN) – Rep. Nancy Pelosi is a "visionary" leader who "never lets ideology cloud her judgment," President Barack Obama told a crowd of donors in San Francisco Wednesday evening.

Obama is in the Golden State on the first fundraising swing of his second term, kicking off a series of events that will gather money for Congressional Democrats looking to regain control of the House in 2014.

At two events Wednesday in the Bay Area, Obama reiterated the goals he spelled out during his inauguration address in January, including a push for comprehensive immigration reform. He said he expected an immigration reform measure to be passed "over the next couple of months" during his first reception in San Francisco.

He mentioned combating climate change as another priority of his second term, but conceded the politics of that issue would be difficult. Republicans are currently pressuring the president to approve the northern portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which environmental activists oppose, in part, because type of oil transmitted would release more greenhouse gases than the average transportation fuels sold or distributed in the United States.

"Part of what we're going to have to do is to marry a genuine, passionate concern about middle-class families and everybody who is trying to get into the middle class to show them that we're working just as hard for them as we are for our environmental agenda, and that we can bridge these things in a way that advances the causes of both," Obama said, admitting "that's going to take some work."

Achieving his legislative goals – which also include new gun laws and passage of his proposed budget – would be helped with Democrats in control of the House, Obama told the crowd of Democratic donors.

"My hope is that we're going to see more and more Republicans who say, you know what, I didn't come here just to fight the president or demonize Nancy Pelosi, I came here to get some stuff done," he said. "And they will be greeted with great enthusiasm by me and I think by Nancy, if we could get some more stuff done right now. But, realistically, I could get a whole lot more done if Nancy Pelosi is speaker of the House."

The president will hold a total of 14 fundraising events this year for congressional Democrats - five each for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Each committee will also host an event featuring the president in D.C., and Obama will attend two joint galas for Democratic candidates.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. acdcguy

    No, she's a tool, just like the King.......

    April 4, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. Guest

    She never lets intelligent thought or effective policy cloud her judjment either. The Pelosi types are exactly what is wrong with the dumbocrats. Oh well, we'll know whats in a bill after we pass it.......

    April 4, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    "Rep. Nancy Pelosi is a "visionary" leader who "never lets ideology cloud her judgment," President Barack Obama told a crowd of donors in San Francisco Wednesday evening."
    You lie, Obama. You lie.

    April 4, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    As you read some of the more hateful of the right wing rants against Pelosi, remember this. They're hateful because she is tough as nails.

    April 4, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. Jerry

    Nancy Pelosi is one of the big reasons America is going to hell in handbasket. Just wait util Obamacare really kicks in.

    April 4, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. Richard Long

    Screw running the country! Let's get some fundraising going!!!
    Wish I had $20000 to get my picture with the pres...

    April 4, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I can't wait to call her Madam Speaker once again. Boehner, you're time is done!

    April 4, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. Norma Vessels

    I hope Senator Pelosi will become the Speaker of the House the next time around. We need to have a really
    large majority in the House, to get anything worthwhile done. Let's tear down that wall of persistence by the
    Republicans in the House, and just get to it. Vote the Republicans out next time!

    April 4, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  9. king

    Boehner could never walk in Nancy shoes, i remembered when Obama first took over, the economy turned from a 9 percent drop to a 5 percent gain, and the main engine was Nancy. it was a yearly later when Massachusetts sent scott brown to the senate and gave Mitch McConnolly the numbers to filibuster Obama mission,after that the economy started crawling at 1 and 2 percent. we need a nancy in speaker-ship position right now, and we would have gotten her if the repubs didn't gerrymander the states so that 100 voters count the same as a million. our democratic premiss of majority rules doesn't exist anymore thanks to the constitutional gun touting repubs. if Nancy was speaker, our healthcare would have been fixed with providers bearing the brunt of the restructuring not the recipient. you would see construction cranes in every city, payed by big corporation tax revenues. folks lesson corporations wont stay in a America if we dont have spenders, remember factories exodus during bush era, so hell with what repubs are saying, because when corporations invest in taxes, they are the ones that will benefit, from government rebuilding our country.

    April 4, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. WiredweirdinSF

    Did he really say she "never lets ideology clould her judgement" Do you need any more proof of how much this idiot lies to the American people? While he was touting her being tough as nails, did he also mention she is dumb as a rock.
    Of course compared to the most inept, incompetent, corrupt, lying, union toady president we have ever had I am sure that he consider, this botoxed, lying, democrat liberal to be one of the great intellectuals of our time.

    April 4, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  11. Jean

    Sure he'll greet anyone with enthusiasm as long as they bend to his will and step in line. If, however, their opinions are different because they feel the country is headed in the wrong direction and want to make changes that are not in line with his he will demonize you (and lie through his teeth while doing it). I would be very angry if Republicans rolled over to his whims – Obama's policies are wrong-headed and are, and will, continue to hurt the country. Republicans in Congress stand your ground – it is the high road at this point.

    April 4, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. freedom

    Visionary? This woman is the most ruthless being on Capitol Hill. She lives in a mansion and flew on private jets as speaker, and doesn't care about any American that's suffering. And they demonized Romney? He is a charitable, stellar man. She is the worst!! Why aren't these democrats throwing darts at her? And Obama needs her – for what? He's not man enough to do the job he's been given the honor to have.

    April 4, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. Caribbean Reader

    I see that "sequestration" has not affected the President's capacity to fly around and raise money for his party.

    April 4, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. grumblesfromthegrave

    If the President was describing what surrounds Ms. Pelosi's ever-so-limited remaining brain cells, then I would agree with him.
    What a pompous, self-righteous, arrogant person she is!

    April 4, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  15. MaryM

    Call Pelosi what you want. But she got the job done as speaker of the House. She made sure that the votes were there on legislation and if not she knows how to compromise to get the votes. As oppose to Boehner, that can not or does not know how to compromise.

    April 4, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. Name lynn

    Nancy keep up the good work, an work with the repunlicans an the white house leaders an even the democrates, an stay with the president an his name is obama.

    April 4, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |