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Hangin' in the Office With Nancy P.


By David Swanson

I had been to Nancy Pelosi's office in the Cannon House Office Building before. In fact, I'd been there several times and usually had a pleasant stay, often very quick and efficient, other times prolonged by everyone's enjoyment of the songs my friends in pink were singing, and as often as not resulting in new friendships with fine officers of the Capitol Police who accompanied us out. This time was going to be different.

Just a few of us went by there on Wednesday. No cameras. No songs. And no signs, since we'd already left those at the door with our Capitol Police friends, who continue to get the wrong impression about us. We walked in and said "Good afternoon," which they apparently mistook for the voice of the Filipino Monkey saying "We are come to slaughter your children."

Fearing our murderous threats, the police chose not to accompany us down the hall to Pelosi's crib. And, in fact, we were on a very devious mission. We were accompanying a 60-year-old retired college professor who had decided to walk 500 miles from his home to this office in order to ask for 5 minutes of Pelosi's time. John Nirenberg's story of the march he has now completed is at http://www.marchinmyname.org

John attracted a fair amount of attention on his way to D.C. and was able to meet with some members of Congress when he arrived. He said that his own conscience felt much better to him, having completed his walk. But it would not be truly complete until he sat down with Nancy and told her why he'd come: to ask her to put the power of impeachment back in the Constitution.

Nancy P. turns out to be one hip chick. The first thing you notice in her rather bare office is a large glossy magazine prominently displayed on a table. On the cover is a big photo of Nancy with Rudy Giuliani:

Of course we thought this was way cool, and we planned to ask Nancy if she really knew Giuliani and what he was like in person as soon as she got there.

Also in Nancy's office is an ugly sofa, a couple of boring desks, a young woman who pretends to be helpful, and mostly bare walls. Through the door to the left is a larger room where a couple of young men are wandering around, eating lunch, not saying anything to us or each other, and looking more bored than anything else. High on the far wall of the side room is a huge map of Pelosi's district in San Francisco. This is her district office. Her Speaker's office is across the street in the U.S. Capitol.

In fact, the young woman told us that Nancy was actually over there in the other office so we'd have to go over there if we wanted to see her. But when we asked how we could get in there, she helpfully pointed out that we couldn't. This seemed like a Catch-22 until she let John use her phone and call over there. You have to admit that was going out of her way, but the person on the other end of the phone seemed to think that Nancy was too busy. She'd been too busy for quite a while. John knew the staffers by name. He'd phoned, faxed, Emailed, registered mailed, and announced his request in the media. Nancy wasn't busy on the spur of the moment. She was so cool she'd been working on being busy for a month now. And she was definitely busy. So, the woman in the district office told us she'd find a staffer who could meet with us instead.

While we were waiting, I checked out the other desk in the room. It was missing a staffer, helpful or otherwise, but it did have a row of glossy brochures carefully fanned out on it. I took one. It said on the cover "The 110th Congress: A New Direction for America."

Shit, I thought, this sounds GOOD. I imagined Nancy was coming up with a different approach for 2008. But then I looked at the back cover, which listed a string of accomplishments from 2007. This confused me, since I couldn't recall any accomplishments from 2007.

Hmm.

What was on the list?

Seven of the things on the list were supposedly new things that had been passed by Congress and signed into law. But they were all either lame or misleading or both. One of them was a ban on deficit spending. Given that were dumping trillions of dollars into illegal foreign occupations, what would this mean for spending on things we actually need and want? Another achievement was supposedly "lobby and ethics reform." Most of the others were smallish items that had been slipped in as part of mammoth bills to further fund those illegal foreign occupations: things like token aid to victims of hurricanes, and a very partial correction to the plummeting minimum wage, etc.

Then there were four other achievements that were actually bills that the House had passed, knowing they would be vetoed, and which were in fact vetoed. So, these were dubious achievements, but even as false claims, two of them were false on their own terms. The House never passed anything that could accurately be described as "Energy Security and Reducing Global Warming" or "Holding the Administration Accountable for the War in Iraq".

That last claim would have been very interesting to bring up with Nancy. Now we would have to discuss it with a staffer. But the staffer sure was taking a while. He or she took so long, I read the whole propaganda booklet. I hadn't previously seen anything as dishonest outside of the Office of the Vice President. After a while, John asked the woman at the desk when the staffer was coming, and she said it wasn't going to happen after all. And the cool part was that she learned this telepathically, because she didn't have to phone the staffer to find it out.

With Nancy P. sportin' that hi-tech an office, why would anyone even consider giving money to a candidate running against her like Cindy Sheehan by making a contribution at http://cindyforcongress.org ?

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This is so serious and yet you had me laughing out loud.

Nancy Pelosi does not represent us. She is a small woman and is even gettig invisable.

This is pathetic! Please keep up the good work and good luck Cindy.

I will not vote for anyone who does not openly back impeachment!

and when will nancy apologize?

Your first paragraph was dead-pan humor (I hope it was intentional).

and How dare you laugh! :-))

Politics makes strange bedfellows, but unfortunately, this combo t'ain't so strange to each other, just dangerous for us!

(btw, they look like a prom couple in a Stephen King movie)

Hey, I've been to Nancy's SF office, and strangely, her office workers there have also learned the fine art of telepathy. It seems like a method, this wait-and-tell-you-later thing they do.I was with a few other Code Pinkers, delivering a long list of Peace Organizations that were requesting a meeting in writing, when her office worker here pulled the same stunt.
I wonder if it's a way for them to vent their frustation at us for not being able to prevent us from visiting Nancy P at all. I got the impression that in their opinion, we constituents are far beneath these elected lords and ladies, and we have no business bothering them with our complaints.
I guess they forget that these elite corporate-purchased spineless scum are supposed to be'public servants'.
Or maybe they are fine with accepting the ugly truth, that the elected are beholden to themselves alone, and think that I should give up even trying to hold them accountable to the public they betray so often.
I just feel it would be even more spineless of me if I did give up on trying to hold them accountable. Like handing Jack the Ripper the knife to disembowel me or my fellows with.
So instead I helped deliver well over eight thousand hand-written impeachment letters to Nancy's SF office on Monday, Jan 14 with Cindy Sheehan and Cynthia Mckinney, and I will continue to support Cindy Sheehan here in SF with anything I can.
Any others who wish to support Cindy, google Cindy4Congress, or visit the campaign office at 1260 Mission street here in SF open reg business hours five days a week.

Pelosi received 148,435 votes get 20% in signatures (29,686). It would greatly help and the whole US would be grateful.

I had such high for Nancy Pelosi. Now I feel hopelessness. She has her own agenda. Thank you David and John for your courage.

As a woman, I was very excited and very proud that a woman was the Speaker of the House. Sadly, now, I can say unequivocally, that Nancy Pelosi is an utter DISGRACE to all womanhood.

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