Nancy Pelosi objected to Mitt Romney’s latest ad which hammers President Obama for his failed leadership. The ad quotes from Bob Woodward’s book describing a telephone conversation between the former speaker and the president.
“During stimulus negotiations President Obama called his democratic leadership team, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. As President Obama spoke, Nancy Pelosi hit the mute button, went on with their meeting, ignoring the president, not even listening to what he had to say. If he can’t even lead his own party, how can he lead America?”
But Pelosi doesn’t deny hitting the mute button, she only denies muting Obama.
“As speaker and as Democratic leader, any call from the president would be treated with great formality and respect,” Pelosi said. “There was absolutely no situation in which either President Bush or President Obama were cut off from speaking. I respect the office of the President and the office of the Speaker, including the historic nature of any communication between these two offices.”
Ann Althouse explained how Woodward’s account, this ad, and Nancy Pelosi are all correct.
Pelosi had a button that kept the sound at her end from passing through to the President. His voice would still be heard, and he would never be cut off, but she would be free to talk over him and have conversations with whoever was with her. That would make her statement completely true and — ah! I just checked the book text — it would make Woodward’s reporting precisely accurate.
Follow the link for the full quote from Woodward’s book.
I often hit the mute button on the remote when President Obama is speaking on TV. When I’m on the phone, usually during a conference call, I use the mute button so any background noise in my home doesn’t get through to the other parties on the call. There’s a big difference between the two mute buttons.
Here’s the ad, which I hope plays in every swing state between now and November 6.