President Obama — under fire from Republicans and losing favor with his own party — got a gushing review from House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who raved the embattled commander-in-chief was a “brilliant” and “eloquent” strategist.
In an interview with Politico Thursday, the California lawmaker said GOP scorn was simple jealousy.
“You know why it is. You know why it is,” she sputtered. “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 26-year veteran likened the GOP vitriol to a snobbish distaste she claimed some Republicans had for President Clinton.
“They didn’t think he was one of them … because of his upbringing and his personal story of success,” she charged ” … Although he had the Ivy League and the Georgetown education, he wasn’t rooted where most of the former presidents came from.”
After a phone call with Republican Speaker John Boehner, Pelosi repeatedly said she had “no idea” whether he would depend on Democratic votes to avoid default or a government shutdown — or if he had a plan that could pass with Republican votes alone.
She said what she does know is the GOP’s initial plan to keep the government running past Sept. 30 — including the defunding Obamacare provision demanded by conservatives — won’t fly with her caucus.