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Nancy Pelosi Book Signing: Know Your Power, Just Don't Speak Truth to It

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I looked straight ahead at Pelosi and said, "You knew. You were informed."

Then my left arm was seized by another guy and Pelosi countered, "No, I was not."

I dug my feet in and continued, "You were briefed as a member of the gang of four about torture in 2002 and as the gang of eight about wiretapping."

Pelosi was pushing my book across the table and attempting to turn her attention to Gregg when she replied, "We stopped it." I was incensed. "What? Uh, no you didn't."

Two more goons stepped in, one in front of me and one behind and they pulled me off to the side. I pointed out that other people were having long chats and asking all sorts of questions of the Speaker. "Not these kind of questions. We're not taking these kinds of questions. You're done," was the response.

At that point, Pelosi probably wasn't listening any longer, but fixated on the word power, I managed to squeeze in "Why don't you use the power the Constitution granted you to stop a president who abuses his powers?!"

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They began to escort me out, but I had had enough and didn't need their escort anymore and began to leave on my own volition. I glanced over at the long line of people and I realized the incessant chatter had ended all at once like a group of startled crickets. Not one person would make eye contact with me. As I turned the corner under the watchful eye of the security detail, the chatter returned as if nothing had happened.

Outside on the sidewalk, I breathed in the night air - choked a little on the pollution - and began the walk to my car. Then I remembered my new friend, Gregg. Why wasn't he outside yet I wondered. I pictured him jacked up against the library wall by security, his boyish face pressed into the plaster rendering him unable to speak. All because he decided to hit on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Then the front doors flew open and there was a triumphant Gregg with a mischievous grin (no signs of trauma) and a skip in his step. We walked together to our cars as he delighted me with his story of his newfound love for Nancy Pelosi. Read Gregg's (way shorter) report on Pelosi's response to him here . For the record, if you think Gregg's behavior was sexist, I'm pretty sure he would have done the same with Dick Cheney.

Know your power.

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click here... by Cheryl Biren on Thursday, Aug 7, 2008 at 4:57:13 PM
...and give Pelosi a big fat Fruit Pie in the face... by daveys on Thursday, Aug 7, 2008 at 5:47:22 PM
I'm responding tot his comment to get closer t... by Rob Kall on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 1:52:57 PM
Thanks Rob. There is indeed at least one person am... by Cheryl Biren on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 2:41:09 PM
A wonderful job.   Thanks so much for showing... by Linda Milazzo on Thursday, Aug 7, 2008 at 7:27:52 PM
Maybe her book will be in the Bush Library... by Dennis Kaiser on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 5:12:51 AM
There will be no books in George's library if ... by Hayesml47 on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 2:26:44 PM
In Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Constitutio... by Lance Ciepiela on Thursday, Aug 7, 2008 at 6:37:50 PM
Comment from Ratings:   That takes guts ... by Lance Ciepiela on Thursday, Aug 7, 2008 at 6:46:30 PM
On a funnier note, the comedy website 236.com had ... by taylor lee on Thursday, Aug 7, 2008 at 6:51:44 PM
Forget  Pelosi's book signing for a ... by Munich on Thursday, Aug 7, 2008 at 7:07:50 PM
I agree with you Munich and have voiced my co... by Cheryl Biren on Thursday, Aug 7, 2008 at 7:20:34 PM
FAQ: Why Am I Seeing "This" Advertisemen... by Cheryl Biren on Thursday, Aug 7, 2008 at 7:26:03 PM
I always wonder why there aren't MORE people a... by August Adams on Thursday, Aug 7, 2008 at 10:17:49 PM
 She smiled and I leaned in and said in a c... by Brett Paatsch on Thursday, Aug 7, 2008 at 11:25:35 PM
First - thanks to everyone for your comments. I re... by Cheryl Biren on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 12:04:48 AM
"So, the next question is was she and the oth... by Aurora on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 4:01:13 PM
Thanks Aurora! I had not seen those before. n... by Cheryl Biren on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 4:19:58 PM
"She says " I am concerned whether, and ... by Aurora on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 5:00:50 PM
"when she came clean in her 2006 OpEd she sai... by Aurora on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 5:43:07 PM
It is certainly possible in light of it (and I thi... by Brett Paatsch on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 9:52:12 PM
It is established that the "gang of 8" w... by Cheryl Biren on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 10:52:02 PM
Cheryl wrote: a select group of members of Congres... by Brett Paatsch on Sunday, Aug 10, 2008 at 1:15:15 AM
It is not counterproductive!  If we are ever ... by rhalfhill on Saturday, Aug 9, 2008 at 1:50:51 PM
ALL the Congress members who are not actively push... by Brett Paatsch on Sunday, Aug 10, 2008 at 12:29:57 AM
brett, i agree that people - and i expect that the... by Cheryl Biren on Sunday, Aug 10, 2008 at 7:59:12 AM
Daniel Ellsberg (leaker of Pentagon Papers) wrote ... by Cheryl Biren on Sunday, Aug 10, 2008 at 8:41:53 AM
I'm so proud of you and I don't even know ... by Cheryl Abraham on Thursday, Aug 7, 2008 at 11:48:22 PM
She's scared. I didn't really know it unti... by Ron R. on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 3:40:11 AM
thanks for the comment ronald.despite my drawn out... by Cheryl Biren on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 8:37:32 AM
But I recently got this emailed to me - I added th... by Cheryl Abraham on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 11:25:44 AM
"As John Dean points out, Bush/Cheney have br... by John H Kennedy on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 9:42:50 AM
Cheryl,  if there were awards for speaki... by Aurora on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 1:44:30 PM
Just what we need is another power hungry, lying, ... by Hayesml47 on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 2:24:16 PM
If ever there was a book that deserved burning it ... by Hayesml47 on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 2:28:44 PM
I've known for a while that Pelosi is a comple... by Kathlyn Stone on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 2:35:59 PM
Thanks, Cheryl, for a great recap of your evening ... by Robert Knowles on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 2:38:23 PM
Comment from Ratings:   Growing up in Wy... by Margaret Bassett on Friday, Aug 8, 2008 at 10:37:36 PM
It may not have happened in the US yet but I and I... by kwalsh on Monday, Aug 11, 2008 at 12:07:28 AM
So Pelosi knew the WMD threat was a hoax, voted ag... by Michael McCoy on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 3:42:45 PM
Comment from Ratings:   It's such a sham... by Alan G on Friday, Aug 15, 2008 at 11:09:04 PM
Petition to Remove Nancy Pelosi from the position ... by William Bassett on Sunday, Aug 17, 2008 at 3:52:14 AM