Pelosi Defends Obama, Says GOP Is Driven By Jealousy
Sep 20, 2013 11:40 AM EDT
In a recent interview, top Democratic congresswoman Nancy Pelosi defended President Barack Obama and claimed GOP leaders are driven by jealousy, USA TODAY reported.
"I haven't seen anything like it. I haven't seen anything like it," she said of the GOP's behavior, which she claims is focused on ruining his presidential legacy regardless of the cost.
"You know why it is," Pelosi said. "He's brilliant ... He thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done...and he's completely eloquent. That's a package that they don't like."
The former house speaker added Obama's nonpartisan efforts have caused frustration among Republican lawmakers, saying the president has been "open, practically apolitical, certainly non-partisan, in terms of welcoming every idea and solution. I think that's one of the reasons the Republicans want to take him down politically, because they know he is a non-partisan president, and that's something very hard for them to cope with."
Although Obama has faced criticism from fellow Democrats who claim they don't receive enough attention from him, Pelosi said that's just the way Washington works.
"I've served since President Reagan," she said. "I don't know any member of Congress who ever said, 'I'm satisfied with the communication that we have from the White House.' That's just the way it is ... I'm very proud of the president."
In order to create effective communication with citizens, Pelosi offered the president some advice.
"This president, I think, has to do a better selling job," she said. "I assume the people know the difference his presidency has made in taking us from.. the verge of depression...One thing I would like to see the president do more - and many of us can help with that - but people want to hear it from him ...'This is what I said I was going to do. This is what I have done. These are the obstacles that the Republicans have put forth.'...It's not only important to do the right thing, ... it's important to prepare the American people for some of those decisions."
Republicans vehemently denied Pelosi's claims and said Obama is anything but nonpartisan.
"President Obama is so apolitical that he'd rather negotiate with Vladimir Putin than Republican leaders in the House," said Matt Gorman, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. "He's so non-partisan that he sees nothing wrong with attacking the opposing party in a speech during the middle of a national tragedy."