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February 11, 2016

Nancy Pelosi: A Good Sport

I learned Friday evening that one of the perils of making fun of people in public is that sometimes you encounter those individuals in real life. And sometimes they confess their epic photobomb was an “accident.”

A month or so ago, I saw a hilariously awkward photo of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in my Facebook feed. I had a bit of fun with it in this column space.

Pelosi photobomb

The post took about fifteen minutes to write and surprisingly garnered a lot of traffic — more than my usual stories about campaign media buys and Medicare Advantage.

Pelosi gamely responded on Twitter within an hour: “Oops.” It impressed me that whomever handles her account played along with the nonsense, and that I did not catch any hell from her office.

But I wasn’t prepared for actually meeting Pelosi not long after the post. But there she was at the Google/Netflix party, having a good time with a remarkably small entourage.

I turned to my cool Capitol Hill veteran reporter friend and joked about the Pelosi photobomb. My friend decided to introduce us. I cover politics for Roll Call, so I frequently spend more time on the campaign trail than under the dome.

The awe of officeholders has mostly worn off in the years I’ve covered congressional politics. But Pelosi is so consequential to everything I report in House race politics, so I was a little nervous.

My friend and I elbowed our way to her. My friend didn’t stop at, “Abby Livingston, she works at Roll Call.”

“Abby writes about you a lot,” she continued. “Remember the photobomb?”

Pelosi did.

There was a moment of her processing exactly who was standing in front of her. I felt complete and total terror.

Then she laughed. It wasn’t one of those “well-aren’t-you-just-so-cute-you-jerk” ha-has.

No, the most powerful woman in American history blurted out one of those amazing laughs where the person is so consumed with amusement they have to gasp for air.

“It was an accident!” she exclaimed.

Then she introduced me to her granddaughter. And she kept laughing.

The House Democratic leader might be the Republican Boogey woman, and she might strike fear in the hearts of Democrats in her own caucus. But love her or hate her, Nancy Pelosi gets the joke.

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  • Vito Giotta

    Nancy Pelosi is a socialist trader which not a joke. She along with all of the socialist politicians in D.C. will be removed starting 05/16/2014 during Operation American Spring. They will face a tribunal charged with treason for usurping the Constitution.
    If found guilty could spend time in a fedral prison and the loss of thier pension and healthcare benefits. Pelosi is no joke she is UN- American.


      Is VITO GIOTTA forgetting to take his medicine again?

      • Vito Giotta

        Fool is an appropriate name for you as the blind, hard of hearing the truth and so desperate not to be a racist that you will vote for the worst White House occupant in American history along with all of the UN- Americans that support his socialist agenda. The socialist have used the Constitution to wipe their butts with. This country is a Constitutional Republic not a democracy.The Liar of the Year who hates this country and wants to destroy for what it stands for, who spits at the millions of veterans who have fought and died for keeping this country as our founding fathers intended smacks of a trader along with you

        May 16, 2014 Operation American Spring will bring together millions of patriots in Washington D.C. to remove the traders from the federal government from the White House to Congress. Intern government with be assembled until new elections have been set. Next a tribunal will be convene to try the criminals traders be they republicans or democrats.

        Your meds must have turn your brains to mush, I understand that does happen with illness like yours. Best Regards

      • Vito Giotta

        It is very obvious the smoke has caused your brain to be stuck on sheeple mode.

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