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Did Nancy Pelosi Really Hit Mute On POTUS Obama's Conference Calls?

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Is there anything worse than those conference calls where one of the participants won't stop talking?

They really are the bane of the office jockey's existence.

And, it seems that even big name politicos aren't immune from the white-collar worker's annoyance, specifically House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Here's what happened: Bob Woodward, who's the paragon of American journalism, just published his 17th book, "The Price of Politics," which details the back and forth between the Obama Administration and Congress as they worked to rescue the USA's economy during POTUS' first term.

According to Bob, during the 2009 stimulus package fight, POTUS was on speakerphone talking to Nancy and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, when he began giving an uplifting speech. In response, Nancy went back to crunching numbers with Harry and hit mute so the President couldn't tell they weren't listening.

Of course, when asked about it, Nancy told reporters that she would never do that -- because, "when the president of the United States is having a conversation with the speaker of the House and the leader in the Senate — or just the president and speaker — it's a formal situation."

"Perhaps, because I might need a resource there," Nancy added, "but ... mostly, I clear the room when I'm talking to the president — I don't want anybody hearing one side of the conversation. I clear the room and I take notes and we have a conversation."

Hmm. We're not sure, but that does sound like a non-denial denial to us.

 


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