SOTU: Bush Slammed Pelosi During Campaign Season

Bush said: “Tonight, I have a high privilege and distinct honor of my own — as the first President to begin the State of the Union message with these words: Madam Speaker. In his day, the late Congressman Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr., from Baltimore, Maryland, saw Presidents Roosevelt and Truman at this rostrum. But nothing could compare with the sight of his only daughter, Nancy, presiding tonight as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Congratulations.”

FACT — BUSH SUGGESTED ‘TERRORISTS WIN’ IF PELOSI ELECTED SPEAKER: “[President Bush] mocked [Pelosi] as ‘a secret admirer’ of tax cuts and an opponent of measures crucial to keeping Americans safe, warning that ‘terrorists win and America loses’ if her Democrats prevailed on Election Day”; “Setting the Record Straight: Rep. Pelosi Downplays Progress In Iraq.” [AP, 11/6/06; White House fact sheet, 12/7/05]