As Nick Arama of RedState pointed out, Pelosi had been speaking at Columbia Institution’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) together with Clinton, who was supposed to be instructing a class at the institution. Fox News’ coverage contains a video of Pelosi’s stunning gaffe.
The memorable answer was sparked by Clinton’s question to Pelosi about “the greatest dangers and obstacles facing our democracy, and what are possibilities to put an end to that backsliding as well as turn it around.”
Pelosi didn’t even bother answering the query right away, preferring to fuel Clinton’s already swollen ego and delusory presidential ambitions. “Well, I appreciate your question, but I likewise appreciate your leadership, particularly in this regard,” Pelosi said before adding, “when president–I hope,” referring to Clinton, who was the Democratic candidate in 2016 but fell to former and possibly future President Donald Trump. Pelosi paused for a long time and clutched her breast, while Clinton sat calmly waiting for her answer.
After gathering her thoughts, Pelosi stated, “When Secretary Clinton was in the Senate and as the First Lady, but particularly when she was Secretary of State in more recent times, she was, and has been at that point in time, accomplishing numerous initiatives showing America’s embrace of democracy.” Although Pelosi caught herself and admitted that Clinton becoming president is merely a “hope,” she proceeded to sing Clinton’s praise re-enacting the 2016 election and the Democrats’ story.