Possibly giving the hint that Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner aren’t what one would exactly describe as drinking buddies after duty hours, the San Francisco Democrat launched into a tirade slamming the Ohio Republican for not only being out of touch with his inner child, but also for being mad with power. As reported by the conservative-leaning PJ Media news portal on Jan. 22, 2015, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi went after the Speaker of the House for inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of the U.S. Congress without first consulting either her or Barack Obama.
Not that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) broke any law by formally inviting the leader of the Jewish State to speak before Congress, but as ABC News opined, Boehner’s invite could be “a move widely perceived to rebut the president’s repeated threat to veto new sanctions against Iran because they could disrupt ongoing ‘delicate’ nuclear negotiations.” Regarding his request of Netanyahu, Boehner said with a straight face, “The Congress can make this decision on its own. I don’t believe I’m poking anyone in the eye.”
As ABC News noted on Jan. 22, 2015, the White House is also taking a pass on even meeting with the Israeli PM during his March trip to the States. According to National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan, the official reason Obama will be giving Bibi the cold shoulder is due to “A matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections, so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country.”
Yet the House Minority Leader is lashing out against Boehner by painting a picture of the Speaker as hyper-arrogant and drunk with power. Crying foul, Pelosi accused Boehner of having the “hubris” to break an unwritten congressional protocol.
Even though Boehner never factually said any such thing, Pelosi claims of her colleague, “It’s hubris to say, you know, ‘I rule; I’ll decide.'” Not quite done yet, Pelosi breathlessly questioned Boehner’s timing, especially in light an Israeli national election on the horizon, “And without any sensitivity to the fact that an election is taking two weeks — and within two weeks, the invitation I get is for the 3rd of March and the election is the — what? — the 17th, something like that.”