Nancy Pelosi “Increasingly Open” About Her Anger At The White House

( An upcoming book written by Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin, political correspondents for the New York Times, suggests that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not at all happy with the White House.
The book says Pelosi has become “increasingly open” about the frustrations she has with President Joe Biden.
An excerpt from the book, called “This Will Not Pass,” reveals that the House speaker is particularly unhappy with how Biden handled by voting rights bills and the Build Back Better social spending bill.
Biden was apparently upset with how Pelosi wasn’t able to get a good handle of the Democratic caucus in the House, with the book saying this “exasperated the White House.” At the same time, Pelosi believed that the president should be blamed for some of the failures as well.
As the authors write:
“Pelosi’s grievances with the White House had deepened, too, and at the start of 2022 she was increasingly open about her frustrations with Biden. By then, the House had approved Build Back Better and voting rights legislation. The Senate had done neither and the Speaker was openly doubtful of whether Biden had a strategy to change that.
“In January 2022, Pelosi startled the White House by twice criticizing Biden for his public remarks on voting rights and the legislative strategy for Build Back Better, in both cases chiding the president for rhetoric she saw as ineffective.”
On January 13, Biden gave a speed about voting rights that Pelosi labeled as both “fabulous” and “wonderful.” At the same time, she criticized some of the remarks Biden made, specifically when he mentioned Bull Connor, a large opponent in the 1960s of the civil rights movement.
As the book writes that Pelosi said:
“The only criticism I would make too, I wouldn’t say they’re criticism but observations, nobody knows who Bull Connor is, you know if we’re making the case to say want to be with Martin Luther King or Bull Connor, who’s that?”
On January 20, the president said that he would break the BBB bill into “chunks” on an individual basis, since Congress didn’t seem likely to be able to pass the entire package together. That didn’t sit right with Pelosi, either.
According to the book, she said:
“‘Chunks’ is an interesting world. So what the president calls ‘chunks’ I would hope would be a major bill going forward. It may be more limited, but it is still significant.”
Pelosi seemed particularly frustrated with Biden regarding the BBB bill, specifically that he didn’t use his political capital last year to pressure Democrats in Congress to quickly pass the infrastructure bill that was designed on a bipartisan basis.
The House speaker was “disappointed” about Biden’s “hesitation to break the standoff between centrists and progressives in his party [that] had left Democrats in a painful state of suspended animation.”
Apparently, Pelosi wanted Biden to be much more assertive, demanding in a way that Democratic congressmembers pass the infrastructure bill.