Politicians sometimes open their mouths to discuss one thing, but end up revealing more than intended.
That appeared to be the case this week when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addressed the United Nations and admitted that she thinks “a lot” about ruling the world.
“Yeah, I’ll bet she does!”
As the Washington Examiner reported, Pelosi’s speech dealt primarily with education for girls and women in places like Afghanistan. At one point, she offered what some critics believe was a telling admission.
“When people ask me, ‘If you ruled the world, what one thing would you do?’ I think about that a lot,” the California Democrat declared.
Her remark was quickly seized on by those who already believed the longtime Democratic leader had amassed too much power on Capitol Hill and beyond.
Pelosi: “People ask me, ‘If you ruled the world, what one thing would you do?’ I think about that a lot.”
Yeah, I’ll bet she does! pic.twitter.com/YruAfYI8ti
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) October 11, 2021
During her recent appearance at the NATO assembly in Portugal, Pelosi became the first-ever recipient of the Women for Peace and Security Award.
“Spiritual, personal and official honor”
Delivering a line about ruling the world in such a setting served to highlight the fact that Pelosi is among the most powerful women in the United States, if not the world.
Although Vice President Kamala Harris holds a position closer to the presidency, Pelosi has ruled her chamber with an iron fist and wields more ability to shape U.S. laws and policy than the vice president.
Her status was further on display during her trip abroad when she met with leaders in Rome — including Pope Francis. That meeting was significant in part because Pelosi has earned criticism from some Catholic leaders over her support for abortion rights.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, for example, has scolded the speaker for her stance on abortion and encouraged other parishioners to pray for her heart to be changed.
Nevertheless, Pelosi called her meeting with the pope a “spiritual, personal and official honor,” going on to praise him for his work with the poor. Her position on abortion is clear, but the status of her quest for world domination remains open to interpretation.