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Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) was 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).


  • The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history.
  • 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
  • [Under the Affordable Care Act] everybody will have lower rates, better quality care, and better access.
    • NBC-TV Meet the Press (July 1, 2012) [2]
  • 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.
  • I say to my colleagues never confine your best work, your hopes, your dreams, the aspiration of the American people to what will be signed by George W. Bush because that is too limiting a factor.
  • Are you serious? Are you serious?
  • 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. 2008. Oxford University Press. 
  • 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 (November 6, 2008 1B). "Obama Has Much to Do Before Even Taking Office". USA Today. 
  • 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!")
    • "Perspectives". Newsweek. September 8, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-11-22. 
  • The proposed Bush regulations put politics above the health care needs of Americans.
    • Gajewski, Karen Ann (September/October 2008). "Worth Noting". Humanist 68 (5). Retrieved on 2008-11-22.
  • You've heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don't know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention—it's about diet, not diabetes. It's going to be very, very exciting. But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.
  • You go through the gate. If the gate’s closed you go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole-vault. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in. But we are going to get health care reform passed for the American people.

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