House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday at the weekly Democratic press conference that she is surprised a woman got her job before one was elected president. “I never thought we would have a woman Speaker of the House before a woman president,” she said, “because if you want to talk about tradition or whatever that is, this is a marble ceiling. It’s not a glass ceiling.”
QUESTION: What does–what does Elizabeth Warren’s withdrawal from this race say about the willingness of Americans and the Democratic Party to put a woman at the top of the ticket (INAUDIBLE)– HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: I so wish–every time I get introduced as the powerful woman, I almost cry because I think, I wish that were not true. I so wish that we had a woman President of the United States and we came very close to doing that, a woman who is better qualified than so many people have sought that office and even won it. But, I do–I think that–I think the American people are ready. I never thought we would have a woman Speaker of the House before a woman president, because if you want to talk about tradition or whatever that is, this is a marble ceiling. It’s not a glass ceiling. So, I always thought that would be something that the public would be much more ready for than the members of Congress. Well–well, we won, so. But, the–I don’t–I think we had great candidates. They represented different points of view. Amy, more moderate and Middle America, the heartland of America, articulate spokesperson for her point of view, we’re so proud of her. Also, Elizabeth, to get down to the final two who are still in the race, Elizabeth so knowledgeable and the rest, it’s just–I don’t know whether men take–think about being President from the day they’re born and start running then. But, I don’t know that women do that, and maybe we should. Somebody should. But, I–I think the American people are ready for it. It’s–it’s a competition. You run and you make your pitch and–and people respond to it. I do think there is–well, that’s a whole other subject for another day, but you and I do not have time for it right now because I have to go to Georgetown and talk about women in power and how important that is. But, I do think there’s a certain element of misogyny that is–that is there and some of it isn’t really mean spirited. It just isn’t their experience. Many of them will tell you they had a strong mom, they have strong sisters, they have strong daughters. But–but, they–they have their own insecurities, I guess you would say. So, I don’t know, I think America is ready for a woman president and I think that–I mean, all of them–how many do we have? We’ve got Kamala and Kelsey–I mean, Tulsi–Kelsey’s my scheduler. Are you running, Kelsey? Tulsi–Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Williamson–Williamson, we had a wide range, of course Amy and–and Elizabeth, and I think they all (INAUDIBLE) themselves very well with purpose, “This is why I’m running,” knowledge, “This is what I know the most about and I have judgment on,” strategic thinking about how to get something done, and they connected well with the American people. And, now the question is, what is their political base and how do you expand that? And, just to get into the race doesn’t mean you have a political base. So, if there–if there’s going to be a woman president, those who might be thinking in that direction should be making decisions in favor of it rather than just going into the race because there is one.