House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accepted the first Women for Peace and Security Award at a NATO ceremony in Portugal on Monday, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Thank you to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, to all of you for this wonderful award, which I will display with great pride in the Speaker’s Office in the Capitol as a constant reminder and inspiration of the work that you do and the importance of parliaments in the work of security, the economy, governance — the issues that brought us here today,” Pelosi said.
“It is exciting to be here to talk about the bipartisanship of multilateralism in the Congress of the United States,” Pelosi said. “I think it’s important to always make that point. Parliaments are important. Bipartisanship is important.”
Pelosi also said that the U.S. remained committed to NATO in a bipartisan fashion.
Race and gender
She further said she wanted to prioritize education for women and girls, mentioning Afghanistan, and added that she believes women of color and all people of color needed to be better represented in American security.
Pelosi was criticized by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for leaving the country during a critical debt ceiling crisis last week, which later resulted in a failed Senate vote to raise the debt ceiling.
“I can only presume she hopes the full faith and credit of the United States will get sorted out without her,” McConnell said Wednesday. “That is the level of leadership and accountability the country is getting from Washington Democrats who run this country.”
Pelosi will also visit Rome and make an address there, as well as attend a meeting with key leaders in both Lisbon and Rome during her trip abroad.
Rule the world?
During part of her speech, Pelosi said, “When people ask me, ‘If you ruled the world, what one thing would you do?’ – I think about that a lot.” She then laughed.
She certainly rules the world of Congress with an iron fist, seeming to exert much more power over her colleagues than her counterpart in the Senate, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has.
It makes one wonder, did NATO make up this award just to be able to give it to Pelosi?
We’ll never know for sure, but as she is arguably the most powerful woman in the world except maybe Miss Cackle herself, Vice President Kamala Harris, it’s possible she wanted some kind of shiny award for herself, though the NATO award feels about as important as ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) International Emmy.