Pelosi Meets the Press (and Their Kids)
Regular grown-up reporters, Capitol Briefing included, often have trouble extracting newsworthy answers from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at her weekly press conferences. So today the media tried a different tack -- letting their kids ask the questions.
To commemorate Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, Pelosi invited reporters to bring their kids along to this morning's briefing, and the gathering was packed with little ones, many of whom were more polite and better-dressed than their parents. After Pelosi expounded on a few subjects that surely enthralled the assembled munchkins, including the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and alleged nuclear cooperation between Syria and North Korea, she then opened the floor (literally, that's where the kids were sitting) to questions. They included:
"Who do you think is going to be the next president?"
"Do you like being Speaker?"
"On a scale of 1 to 10, where is our economy?"
"What would you do to improve Medicaid ..." (laughter drowned out the end of this query).
"Who do you, like, root for? The Giants, the Orioles or the Nats?"
"What can you do to pass the Fair Pay bill?"
For the record, Pelosi thinks the next president will be "a Democrat," that being Speaker is "fabulous," that the economy is "a three," and that "boys and girls should be paid the same amount" for doing the same job. Also, she roots for the Giants, though the Orioles are her "second-favorite."
In closing, Pelosi told the kids, "I hope we have some budding journalists here," and then they all got candy. That usually doesn't happen. Maybe more children would want to grow up to be reporters if every press conference ended with candy.
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