Nancy Pelosi

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Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. A Democrat, she is the first woman to lead a major political party in either house of Congress and became the first female Speaker of the House on January 4, 2007. She has represented California's 8th District since 1987 (it was numbered the 5th District until 1993).


  • Members of Congress I have the high privilege and distinct honour of presenting to you, his excellency Bertie Ahern (/ei/hern), the Taoiseach, the Prime Minister of Ireland
  • Why should we put a plan out? Our plan is to stop him. He must be stopped.
  • [T]hey had to make up that story about weapons of mass destruction. Because that was the only thing that would sell to the American people, and that wasn't true.
  • As many of you know, I come from San Francisco. We don't have a lot of farms there. Well, we do have one—it's a mushroom farm, so you know what that means.
    • To The Agribusiness Club of Washington (July 24, 2006)
  • Maybe it will take a woman to clean up the House.
  • A woman is like a teabag. You can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
  • Am I going to have to use my ‘Mother of Five Voice’ to be heard?" (to an inattentive audience while campaigning)-Quoted in the October 23, 2006 issue of Newsweek
    • The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations. Ed. Elizabeth Knowles, Oxford University Press. URL accessed 2008-11-8.
  • The word 'campaign' is a war term. So when you go into a campaign you just prepare to go to war. If you think this is an exercise in civic activity...then you are going to be surprised.-1985
    • Herrnson, Paul S. (2003). "Women Running "as Women": Candidate Gender, Campaign Issues, and Voter-Targeting Strategies". 'The Journal of Politics' 65 no. 1.
  • This president goes into office with more expectations than any president I can ever remember in my lifetime.-2008
    • Dan Reed. "Obama Has Much to Do Before Even Taking Office", USA Today, November 6, 2008 1B. URL accessed on 2008-11-8.
  • I didn't know you were Catholic. (to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson as he got down on one knee to beg Pelosi to find Democratic support for the bailout bill)-2008
  • Your recent meetings with Chinese dissidents at the White House are to be commended. However, your participation at the opening ceremony of the Olympics will send a signal to the Chinese people and the international community that could be misperceived as your approval, and that of the American people, for the draconian policies of the Chinese government. Therefore, it is essential that you unambiguously speak out for human rights and meet with the families of jailed prisoners of conscience while you are in Beijing. (In a letter to President Bush prior to his 2008 trip to Beijing's Summer Olympic Games
  • "Why don't we just leave this room today forgetting the word 'earmark'?"-June 2007
    • Darling, Brian (October 6, 2008). "Pelosi Lets Earmarks Rule the Day in Congress". Human Events 64 (34). Retrieved on 2008-11-22.
  • "Can we drill your brains?"(responding to attendants who interrupted her speech by chanting "Drill here! Drill now!")
  • The proposed Bush regulations put politics above the health care needs of Americans.


  • Gay people are people too.
    • responding to President Bush's proposed amendment banning gay marriage
  • America must be a light to the world, not just a missile.
    • responding to the 2005 State of the Union Address
  • He said 'Why would I do that?' I said 'because of all that went wrong, of all that didn't go right last week.' And he said 'What didn't go right?' Oblivious, in denial, dangerous.
    • Pelosi's account of a meeting with President Bush in which she called for the firing of FEMA director Michael Brown, who eventually resigned. ca. September 2005
  • Tonight is a great night for the American people.
    • November 7, 2006
  • Now that we have control of Congress we will do something to help the American people with these high fuel prices.
    • December 13, 2006

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