Pelosi On Obama: ‘There Were A Number Of Things He Was For On The Campaign Trail’

by Brian Beutler
January 5, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi had little to say this afternoon at a press conference following a meeting between House leaders and health care principals. She and other members acknowledged that a number of differences must be resolved between House and Senate bills before a final reform package can be signed in to law–and all are aware that too much tinkering could upset a delicate balance in the Senate, where legislation often must meet a supermajority threshold.

But Pelosi did toss a jab President Obama’s way.

Referring to one of Obama’s campaign pledges, a reporter asked Pelosi whether C-SPAN cameras would be allowed to film the House-Senate negotiations.

“There are a number of things he was for on the campaign trail,” said a bemused Pelosi.

Recently Obama infuriated progressives when he claimed he “didn’t campaign on the public option.” (He did.)

House Democrats now must pass a bill without a public option. Many rank and file Democrats place the blame for the demise of the provision at Obama’s feet, and it’s hard to imagine that his statement, and actions on that front in the past several months, didn’t inspire Pelosi’s comment. At least somewhat.

Either way: Zing!

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