House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lauded as “dazzling” the Obama administration’s arm-twisting to pull Democrats to their side in the Iran nuclear vote.
“The president was magnificent, because the president really understands this legislation — this agreement, let me say, it’s not legislation — this agreement very well,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference. “And he could give a master class — and he has — to one, two, three or 100 members of Congress, and take their questions very impressively.”
“And if people have some other level of specificity, or if the president happened to be busy with the business of being president otherwise, the secretary of Treasury, the secretary of State — I should say it in its proper order — secretary of State, the secretary of Treasury, secretary of Energy, others were available to answer the questions.”
With many still undecided, Pelosi has lost 19 members of her caucus so far who oppose the deal.
“So the White House, I believe, is really responsible for the success that we will have today and tomorrow on rejecting this rejection of the — of it — of the agreement. The president — masterful. Dazzling… both in terms of the specifics, but also in terms of its purpose, its goal, and our role — America’s role in the world,” she said.
Pelosi then segued to a patriotic monologue: “It happens a lot, sometimes almost every day, but it’s a wonderful thing to be an American,” she said.
“It’s just the greatest country in the world, and the opportunities of — that American people have, and to be an American citizen, is a glorious thing, and that’s why, coming out of the — the break, when we were doing all this work on Voting Rights Act, which is — was the anniversary on August 6th, when we were on district work period. It’s really important for all of us to exercise that precious freedom that we have to vote.”