If you watched live or the replay of the handover of the gavel to newly elected House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Wednesday you may have been struck by the very LONG and self-focused speech delivered by the outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It was as if the woman was desperate to cling to the job after being rejected first by the American people then by many of her own members who voted against her in record numbers. (see below).
Pelosi went on and on about her family and her accomplishments as Speaker for 11 minutes and 45 seconds. Boehner had to stand there and listen while waiting to deliver his eagerly anticipated remarks which only lasted 10 minutes and 30 seconds. It's also important to note that when Boehner handed the gavel to Pelosi in 2007 he introduced her in 7 minutes while Pelosi spoke on that occasion for 19.
Pelosi even took a dig at Boehner for the size of the gavel. Did she forget this sledgehammer sized gavel she was carting around during the health care debate?
In Brit Hume's commentary on the handover for Fox News (video) he remarked:
“It was perhaps fitting that it took Nancy Pelosi longer to say her piece in surrendering the House gavel to John Boehner than it took Boehner to say his,” Hume said. “It was as if the nation’s first woman speaker could not quite believe today was not about her. She used her remarks to list the wonders of her party’s record, never mind that that record had led to one of the most decisive electoral repudiations in modern history.“For those of us watching and waiting for Speaker Boehner's remarks this intrusion by Pelosi was maddening. Jay Leno captures that feeling with this:
Thanks Liberal Lie, Conservative Truth for the video find!