After ignoring a phone call from the Vice President Pence in the middle of an international crisis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was spotted partying with D.C. elite at a swanky new restaurant’s opening.
You can’t say Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have priorities. The right ones? Not according to many prominent blue checkmark Twitter users, including Liz Cheney, who branded the San Francisco liberal a “disgrace” and “unfit for office.“
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On Tuesday, Iranian missiles targeted two American military installations in Iraq. Iran claimed 80 U.S. deaths while the United States hasn’t reported any casualties. Given the relative trustworthiness of the two sources, I’d say the latter is much, much closer to the truth.
The attacks were in response to the US drone strike that took out Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a commander of the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
As usual, Nancy Pelosi had loudly complained that congressional Democrats — one presumes she was referring to herself in particular — weren’t notified ahead of that action.
But when the Iranian missiles hit American bases on Tuesday, Pelosi was notified directly by the White House, but she was apparently more interested in getting her hands on a few free cocktails.
The incident was reported by Politico’s Heather Caygle.
“In meeting tonight Speaker Pelosi was handed a note telling her VP Pence was on the phone,” Caygle tweeted.
“’Tell him I’ll call him back,’ she said according to sources in room, noting she had to go open the House for new session.
“Two minutes later, she was handed note about air base bombing.”
WesternJournal report: There’s no doubt the House speaker is a busy woman. But for her to essentially ignore a phone call from the country’s vice president in the middle of an international crisis is odd, given the circumstances and the fact that she’s supposedly very tuned in to what’s happening in the Middle East. She assured her Twitter followers, however, that she was on top of things.
“Closely monitoring the situation following bombings targeting U.S. troops in Iraq. We must ensure the safety of our servicemembers, including ending needless provocations from the Administration and demanding that Iran cease its violence,” Pelosi tweeted at 7:31 p.m. “America & world cannot afford war.”
Her definition of “closely monitoring” might not match yours. Here’s a tweet from Anna Spiegel, food editor of Washingtonian magazine, time stamped 15 minutes before Pelosi’s “closely monitoring” tweet was published:
That means Pelosi was either “closely monitoring” the situation from the Maialino Mare opening celebration, or the Twitter post had been pre-scheduled for publication — to give Pelosi’s constituents and press corps fans the impression that she was hard at work on the nation’s business when she was actually enjoying a night on the town.
Neither explanation is very reassuring.
Just in case you didn’t notice the issue, it helps — as The Daily Caller’s Peter J. Hasson did — to note the timing of Pelosi being notified of the phone call from Pence and the visual evidence that she was out at a new restaurant’s opening Tuesday night.
Yes, Pelosi’s brush-off of Pence’s call was reported on just over a half-hour before she was reported being at restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Maialino Mare, described by Eater as the “NYC magnate’s first fine-dining restaurant in D.C.” At least it had a memorable opening night.
This didn’t take long to backfire, with GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming calling Pelosi “unfit for office.”
Harsh words, but one can see why they were being thrown about. This might have been a good moment for Pelosi to stay on Capitol Hill gathering intel, seeing how many of our servicemembers — if any — died, meeting with members of her caucus and other lawmakers, directing the opposition’s response, that sort of thing.
Instead, she was gathering intel on “the first full-service restaurant in the city from Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality Group” which “is an outgrowth of Maialino, the decade-old New York City restaurant based in the Gramercy Park Hotel.” (Again, Eater.)
She apparently wanted to inform us all whether the restaurant really did allow Meyer “to replicate a model that already works while tweaking it to add new pieces” and whether “[s]eafood pastas — like a simple lemon-butter fettuccine made with meat, oil, and stock extracted from Argentine red shrimp — and whole fish will be points of emphasis.” America demands to know.
President Trump is set to deliver his remarks on the missile strikes in Iraq Wednesday morning. I’m assuming there’s not an opening of a Le Denny’s upscale breakfast eatery in the Adams Morgan area of the District, so no doubt Pelosi will be livetweeting it and telling us all how she’s all about “ending needless provocations from the Administration.”
Beyond that, it’s interesting how a media usually absorbed in the food-related habits of our leaders — or, well, one leader in particular — didn’t want to pick up on this one.
The not-entirely-substantive gustatory habits of the president have always been reported as if they constituted actual news. Fulminate as President Trump allocates himself two whole scoops of ice cream at dinner while everyone else gets one! Lament the passing of the good ol’ days when our presidents didn’t use bigger salt-and-pepper shakers as an apparent power move! Cluck knowingly at how Trump orders dinner for other people!
Meanwhile, Pelosi’s food-adjacent activities are of legitimate concern to voters in this circumstance and among the legacy media, only Fox News ran a short piece on it, focusing on Liz Cheney’s tweet.
If only she’d have used bigger salt-and-pepper shakers. By George, they’d have had to report on it then — right?