Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) just held a briefing on their bipartisan delegation to the Middle East last week.
Lantos, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a Holocaust survivor, was sharply critical of attacks on Pelosi over the trip to Syria. “I do not know whether it was more pathetic or more hypocritical,” he said, noting the various Republicans who also visited Syria last week. “I was appalled at the attempt by the administration to minimize and to mischaracterize the nature of the mission.”
Pelosi addressed Vice President Cheney’s remarks on the Rush Limbaugh show about her trip. “I think he accused me of bad behavior, sounding sort of father figure-ish,” Pelosi said, suggesting that Cheney would rather have her “stay home.” Lantos interjected, “Maybe in the kitchen.” Watch it:
LANTOS: I want to say a word about the criticism that has been leveled at the trip. I do not know whether it was more pathetic or more hypocritical to have criticism for opening a dialogue when two days prior to our visit, three Republican colleagues visited with Assad. In our delegation, there was a distinguished Republican colleague. And two days after our visit, there was a California Republican colleague who visited Syria and met with Assad — speaks for itself.
I believe that unless you have questions about the criticism this is all I want to say about it. But I was appalled at the attempt by the administration to minimize and to mischaracterize the nature of the mission.
PELOSI: Well, the Vice President — I think he accused me of bad behavior, sounding sort of father figure-ish, and probably “stay home,” but we don’t accept those instructions.
LANTOS: Maybe in the kitchen.
PELOSI: But it was quite a remarkable thing. I think it’s an indication of the poverty of ideas of this administration to bring peace to the region.