Obama backs Pelosi as ‘one of the most effective legislative leaders’ in US history


Former President Obama on Tuesday voiced his support for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., saying that the former House speaker “will go down as one of the most effective legislative leaders this country has ever seen.”

Speaking to David Axelrod, one of his former strategists, in a wide-ranging interview on his podcast “The Axe Files” at Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois, Obama said Pelosi — who is vying for her old role as speaker as Democrats are slated to retake the House in January — praised her record as a congressional leader.

“Nancy is not always the best on a cable show, or with a quick sound bite or what have you, but her skill, tenacity, toughness, vision is remarkable,” Obama said. “Her ability to stand her ground and do hard things and to suffer unpopularity to get the right thing done — I think stands up against any person that I’ve observed or worked directly with in Washington during my lifetime.”

Pelosi, 78, has served in the House of Representatives since 1993 and from 2007 to 2011, served as speaker of the House. She currently represents congressional House Democrats as Minority Leader. – READ MORE

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