During a news conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly seemed clearly agitated and appeared to lose her cool when a reporter asked if she intended to stay in the House of Representatives once she gives up power in January.
Pelosi’s mood appeared to have been considerably friendlier earlier in the news conference, even when inquiries centered on the conclusion of her term as House Speaker.
The California congresswoman even offered a reporter a light jab for speculating that Thursday’s news conference would be her final as the head of the Democratic Party.
Pelosi spoke extensively about her legacy as a figurehead within her party, claiming that despite her long tenure, her greatest achievement was the passage of the Affordable Care Act also known as “Obamacare.”
However, when a reporter questioned Pelosi about whether she would complete her final term after turning over the gavel, her demeanor swiftly deteriorated.
“What is this? What is this? Don’t bother me with a question like that. Really. Really, ok? I said what I’m gonna do. Those kind of questions are such a waste of my time.” Pelosi said angrily after being asked if she would serve her full term in office.
"Will you commit to serving your full two-year term for the people of San Francisco?"
NANCY PELOSI: "What is this? What is this? Don't bother me with a question like that. Really. Really, ok? I said what I'm gonna do. Those kind of questions are such a waste of my time." pic.twitter.com/cINT3MWdQD
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 15, 2022
Pelosi is set to hand the gavel over to a new House Speaker who has not yet been appointed in January.
She has also claimed that she would not be running for office in the next Congress.
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) was chosen shortly after Pelosi’s announcement to lead the Democratic Party in the House when the new congress is officially sworn in this January.