Politicians always like to receive a warm welcome when they appear on daytime TV talk shows, but the welcome that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got today on ABC’s “The View” was more than warm, it was downright steamy. Even before Pelosi walked on stage to take her seat at the table, the show’s moderator, Whoopi Goldberg, and its co-hosts, with former news anchor Barbara Walters leading the charge, started flirting with the speaker’s husband, Paul, who was seated in the front row.
“You wanna take a look at Nancy Pelosi’s handsome husband?” Walters asked the audience. Yes, came the answer in the form of whooping and hollering. The poor fellow was actually blushing. Then the show’s hosts asked him how long he and Madame Speaker have been married.
Whoopi got the pleasure of introducing Speaker Pelosi, whom she noted is the first woman speaker of the House who, somewhere along the way, managed to raise five children. But Walters was still stuck on Mr. Pelosi, unfortunately for Mr. Pelosi. And this is where a little blushing turned to a Code Red alert, four-alarm fire.
Trying to shout over Whoopi and her other gabbing co-hosts and excited audience members, Barbara turned to Nancy Pelosi and said that she has heard Whoopi say before that she’d “do Paul Newman.” “And I think she’d like to do your husband as well,” Walters deadpanned in that quintessential accent that has made her the subject of late-night lampooning over the decades.
Of course, Whoopi being Whoopi, she couldn’t let that one go, which is where the speaker begins blushing. Yes, Whoopi implicitly acknowledged, she’d like to do Mr. Pelosi, but she might take his wife while she’s at it. “I would do her as well. But we should wait on that because you’re still in office, I don’t want to cause a problem.“
As you might expect, Speaker Pelosi remained silent underneath her signature permanent smile, and her press office later remained predictably mum on the specter of Whoopi-on-Speaker action.
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