As DOMA was being struck down this morning by the Supreme Court, Nancy Pelosi was asked to give her reaction to the news. She was also asked about Rep. Michele Bachmann's scathing remarks about the decision. Her response was terse.
During a press conference cheering the implementation of Obamacare, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was distracted, watching a few minutes tick past 10 a.m. on the clock on the wall until she was handed a note on a small piece of paper by communications director Drew Hammill moments after the DOMA ruling.
“Thank God,” she said were the first thoughts that went through her mind. “I was thinking when we were walking over here, I’ll be devastated if it’s anything other than that, for two reasons. For what it means for the lives of people first and foremost, but secondly it’s clearly unconstitutional. I’m glad to hear that the court agrees.”
While someone spoke at the podium about the benefits of Obamacare, Pelosi opened the folded paper and a smile quickly spread across her face as she and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius read the note. Pelosi quickly handed the note to Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and whispers broke out among the group of Democrats assembled for the event.