House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., got her presidents mixed-up Sunday as she insisted the Democratic Party is getting stronger.
Appearing on ABC’s This Week, host Jonathan Karl asked Pelosi if the Democratic Party could work with President Donald Trump.
“I see everything as an opportunity. And I’ve never have seen so much willingness to help win. And winning means winning for the American people, that either we win or whoever wins understands the priorities of the American people,” Pelosi said. “And they are not with President Bush.”
Pelosi instantly realized she had made a mistake.
“I’m so sorry, President Bush,” Pelosi said, throwing in the theatrical gesture of putting her hand over her heart. “I never thought I would pray for the day that you were president again.”
She then tried to salvage a response.
“And so you asked the question, how would I work with a Republican president? The way we worked with President Bush,” Pelosi said. “We got a great deal accomplished. … Biggest energy bill in the history of our country, a tax bill that helped low-income working families that we wanted and we wanted to be big and we found our common ground. The list goes on and on.”
In 2008, however, Pelosi had offered a different assessment of former President George W. Bush.
“God bless him, bless his heart, president of the United States — a total failure, losing all credibility with the American people on the economy, on the war, on energy, you name the subject,” she said.
In February, Pelosi had a similar moment of confusion.
“While it’s only been a couple of weeks since the inauguration, we’ve seen nothing that I can work with President Bush on,” she said during an interview. She did not correct that mistake.
Pelosi in March appeared to have a mental blank when asked to name the leader of the Democratic Party, just days after former Labor Secretary Tom Perez was named the party’s chairman.
“Who is the leader of the Democratic Party?” Anderson Cooper asked Pelosi Tuesday during an interview on CNN.
“Well, President Obama was the president of the United States until just a matter of weeks ago. I don’t think that he can be dismissed as the leader of the Democratic Party,” she said.
Then another name came to mind.
“Hillary Clinton did not win the election, but a respected leader,” she said.
“So there is not one standard-bearer that you see as the leader of the Democratic Party?” Cooper then asked.
“We’re not in a presidential time,” Pelosi said.
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