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article imagePelosi ready to make history as new speaker

By Carolyn E. Price     Jan 4, 2007 in Politics
According to Mrs. Pelosi, she is the most powerful woman in America.
In the United States of America today, a new Congress convenes with a narrow Democratic majority lording it over a despondent Republican minority.
Democrats are celebrating what will be the historic election of the first female speaker of the House.
"We have waited over 200 years for this time to come," Nancy Pelosi said last night. When she is elected speaker, she will be second in line to the presidency after Vice President Dick Cheney.
"We will not just break through a glass ceiling, we will break through a marble ceiling. In more than 200 years of history, there was an established pecking order -- and I cut in line." After calling herself "the most powerful woman in America," Mrs. Pelosi flexed her muscles like a weight lifter at an event yesterday titled a "women's tea."
"All right, let's hear it for the power," she screamed as the jubilant applause continued. Representative Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat begged Mrs. Pelosi to stay on the podium after she tried to leave. "There is so much love and warmth that's in this room today and that's because of the new speaker. And that tells you about what the future is all about in the House of Representatives."
Yesterday's event was part of three days of festivities to mark the historic moment. Later, Mrs. Pelosi and special guests dined at the Italian Embassy. Today will be the official vote by her colleagues installing her as speaker, followed by a "swearing-in celebration concert" in the Great Hall of the National Building Museum.
All this 'girl-power' is just too much for me. Talk about en ego!
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