Pelosi 'near tears' over 'insult' to America from Netanyahu

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi threw a tantrum after the speech before a joint session of Congress by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, releasing a statement saying the address was an “insult to the intelligence of the United States.”  She also said, "I was near tears throughout the prime minister’s speech."

Indeed, she looked quite agitated during the entire address:

The Hill:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hammered Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday, saying the Israeli prime minister's speech to Congress was an "insult" to the country.

“The unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel are rooted in our shared values, our common ideals and mutual interests," Pelosi said in a statement just after the speech.

“That is why, as one who values the U.S. — Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation."

More than 50 House Democrats skipped the speech, in part to protest Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) decision to invite Netanyahu without first notifying the White House. Democrats were also upset that the address was scheduled close to the Israeli elections.

Pelosi made a point of declining to join several of the standing ovations during Netanyahu's speech and often took longer than other lawmakers to rise from her seat. She also kept commenting to her seat-mate, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), using forceful gestures.

Pelosi no doubt dearly wanted to boycott the speech with other liberals, but that would have been a severe breach of protocol.  As leader of the opposition party in the House, she was expected to attend.  Her absence – or Harry Reid's – wasn't an option.

Her histrionics during the speech, knowing that the cameras would be concentrating on her reaction, were all for show.  By so demonstrably signifying her oppositon, she showed how much she identified with the boycotters, keeping her in good standing with her leftist friends.

Apparently, she resented Netanyahu offering a counter-narrative to the Iran talks; they can be trusted, we can work with them, etc.  To hear the Israeli prime minister lay out the case against Iran so starkly and with no embellishments, Pelosi and the boycotters were left sputtering in incoherence.  It's hard to counter the truth when it is delivered so passionately and intelligently, and Pelosi's drama queen act didn't help her cause.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi threw a tantrum after the speech before a joint session of Congress by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, releasing a statement saying the address was an “insult to the intelligence of the United States.”  She also said, "I was near tears throughout the prime minister’s speech."

Indeed, she looked quite agitated during the entire address:

The Hill:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hammered Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday, saying the Israeli prime minister's speech to Congress was an "insult" to the country.

“The unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel are rooted in our shared values, our common ideals and mutual interests," Pelosi said in a statement just after the speech.

“That is why, as one who values the U.S. — Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation."

More than 50 House Democrats skipped the speech, in part to protest Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) decision to invite Netanyahu without first notifying the White House. Democrats were also upset that the address was scheduled close to the Israeli elections.

Pelosi made a point of declining to join several of the standing ovations during Netanyahu's speech and often took longer than other lawmakers to rise from her seat. She also kept commenting to her seat-mate, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), using forceful gestures.

Pelosi no doubt dearly wanted to boycott the speech with other liberals, but that would have been a severe breach of protocol.  As leader of the opposition party in the House, she was expected to attend.  Her absence – or Harry Reid's – wasn't an option.

Her histrionics during the speech, knowing that the cameras would be concentrating on her reaction, were all for show.  By so demonstrably signifying her oppositon, she showed how much she identified with the boycotters, keeping her in good standing with her leftist friends.

Apparently, she resented Netanyahu offering a counter-narrative to the Iran talks; they can be trusted, we can work with them, etc.  To hear the Israeli prime minister lay out the case against Iran so starkly and with no embellishments, Pelosi and the boycotters were left sputtering in incoherence.  It's hard to counter the truth when it is delivered so passionately and intelligently, and Pelosi's drama queen act didn't help her cause.