House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took questions from reporters at her weekly press briefing about the fiscal cliff, but turned the topic to baseball.
A reporter asked Pelosi if she thinks the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling will be included in one “grand bargain” between the White House and congressional leaders.
“Well, me, I’m with the 11th Amendment, is it the 11th Amendment that – 14th is it? Whatever it is, I’m with the Constitution of the United States. Now, we have to talk about baseball,” Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol on Thursday.
Pelosi said Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong gave a “moving” and “beautiful” speech at the Giants’ victory celebration in San Francisco.
“The reason that we win is that we play as a team, and each member cares more about the name on the front of the uniform than the name on the back of the uniform, and that was such a beautiful thing,” Pelosi said, recounting Vogelsong’s speech.
“On the front of our uniforms is team USA,” she continued, “and we have to work together for our country to continue to be No. 1 and prevail, and that hopefully they [freshman members] will find a way to do that. It wasn’t like this before: Even when President [George W.] Bush was president, we worked with him. This is a new phenomenon that a party would say to the president, ‘Never, does never work for you? Because that’s when we’re going to cooperate.’”
Pelosi held up a foul ball her son caught and told the press which players she was able to get to autograph it.