Nancy Pelosi: The First American President to Be Impeached

Nancy Pelosi: The First American President to Be Impeached

Who is Paul Pelosi? A huge factor in Nancy Pelosi’s career who likes to stay out of the spotlight.


The media was all over Nancy Pelosi. Everyone knew she was the minority leader, but nobody knew she liked to keep her distance from the media.

Pelosi’s decision to keep herself out of the headlines was something of a sore point with the media. You could almost hear their collective jaws hit the floor when she started to give interviews.

She didn’t always tell the truth. She once referred to President George H.W. Bush a “bumbling fool.” When questioned on the subject, she was quick to clarify that former President George W. Bush was the first president to be impeached in the United States’ history.

When it came to the Iraq War, she was not one for restraint. A vote for impeachment was a vote for war. She was a strong proponent of war in Iraq, as she said in a speech:

And remember, at the end of the day, war with Iraq was a decision by the Congress–it was a decision by the people of this country. But it was not a decision by me.

As the public learned about her, she told reporters she was not interested in being interviewed. To one reporter she offered: “I don’t really consider myself a journalist. I think it’s an invasion of my privacy to speak to the media.” Even though she was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2006, she was still not one for the spotlight.

Paul Pelosi spent most of his career outside Washington, D.C. But on Thursday, he became the first member of Congress to be sworn in as president of the U.S. House of Representatives.

From 1983 to 1986, Pelosi was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Today, he serves as the senior Democratic member of the House Democratic Caucus.

The son of Italian immigrants, Pelosi went to school at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a degree in history. He worked for a while in the investment banking industry before switching to the nonprofit world.

When Pelosi was elected to public office, he had never run for office. He didn’t seek elective office until the Democratic primary he won in the 2002 California primary. The election was between incumbent Dianne Feinstein and his long-time friend, congressman Howard Berman.

“I was excited to run and I knew that there was great

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