tv Election of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House CSPAN January 3, 2015 10:28pm-11:04pm EST
of representatives, even though she is the minority leader. her district is probably safe as long as she wants to occupy it. she usually wins by 70%-80% in her district. what we have seen is maybe just chapter one. >> thank you. and here is nancy pelosi in january 2007 on the opening day of the congress.
the house will be in order. madam speaker, leader hoyer, my distinguished colleagues welcome to you all. i would particularly like to welcome our new colleagues. it is an honor and privilege to serve in this great institution. i'd like to thank you in advance for the sacrifices and contributions you'll make to this body during your time here. as colleagues, we owe a huge debt to those who have served before us. i would be remiss if i did not mention the enormous contributions of one of my predecessors, gerald ford. former president ford served in
the house over 25 years, including eight of those years as republican leader from 1965 to 1973. he served his michigan constituents and the american people with great distinction. not just here in congress but as vice president and as president of the united states. the thoughts and prayers of this house and those of a grateful nation are with betty and the ford family. [applause] this is an historic day.
in a few moments, i'll have the high privilege of handing the gavel of the house of representatives to a woman for the first time in american history. [applause] for more than 200 years, the leaders of our government have been democratically elected from their ranks they've always selected a man to serve as speaker of the house. always, that is, until today. it is sometimes said the founding fathers would not recognize the government that exists here in washington today, that it has grown in size and scope far beyond anything they could ever have imagined, much
less endorsed or advocated for our future. but today marks an occasion i think the founding fathers would view approvingly. my fellow americans whether , you're a republican, a democrat or an independent today is a cause for celebration. [applause] today also, of course, marks a change in the house majority. 12 years ago, some of us stood proudly in this chamber as or -- our former colleague dick gephardt from missouri handed the gavel to the new republican speech or, newt gingrich from georgia. there were great achievements during those years that followed. we're fortunate the man who was
the driving force behind many of those achievements will continue to serve with us, the gentleman from illinois, denny hastert. [applause] there were great achievements during those 12 years that followed. there were also some profound disappointments. if there is one lesson that stands out from our party's time in the majority, it's this -- a congressional majority is simply a means to an end. the value of a majority lies not in the chance to wield great , -- great power, but in the chance to use limited power to achieve great things. we refer to the gavel i'm holding as the speaker's gavel. but like everything else in this
chamber, it really belongs to the american people. it's on loan from the real owners. this is the people's house. this is the people's congress. most people in america don't care who controls it. what they want is a government that is limited, honest, accountable and responsive to their needs. and the moment a majority forgets this lesson, it begins writing itself a ticket to minority status. the 110th congress will write the next chapter in american history. but the american people will dictate it. today, the democratic party assumes the challenge and opportunity of majority power in the people's house. republicans will hold the incoming majority accountable for its promises and its actions. but we also want to work with the incoming majority for the good of our nation that we were all elected to serve.
[applause] fundamentally, democracy is a battle of ideas. the battle of ideas is healthy and important for our nation. but it is also a battle that can take place respectfully. republicans and democrats can disagree without being disagreeable to each other. sometimes what people call partisanship is really a deep disagreement over a means to a shared goal. we should welcome that conversation, encourage it enjoy it, and be nice about it. [applause]
>> thank you, mr. boehner. thank you. thank you, my colleagues. thank you, mr. boehner. mr. speaker. i accept this gavel in the spirit of partnership, not partisanship, and i look forward to working -- [applause] i look forward to working with you, mr. boehner, and the republicans in the congress for
the good of the american people. after giving this gavel away in the last two congresses, i'm glad someone else has the honor today. in this house, we may be different parties, but we serve one country. and our pride and our prayers are united behind our men and women in uniform. [applause] they are working together to protect the american people, and in this congress, we must work together to build a future worthy of their sacrifice.
[applause] in this hour we need and pray for the character and courage and stability -- civility of a former member of this house, president ford. he healed the country when it needed healing. this is another time, another war, and another trial of american will, imagination and spirit. let us honor his memory, not just in eulogy but in dialogue and trust across the aisle. [applause] i want to join leader boehner in expressing our condolences and
our appreciation to mrs. ford and to the entire ford family for their decades of leadership and service to our country. [applause] with today's convening of the 110th congress, we begin anew. i congratulate all members of congress on your election. i especially want to congratulate our new members of congress. the genius of our founders was that -- well, let's hear it for our new members of congress. [applause] the genius of our founders was that every two years, new members would bring to this house their spirit of renewal and hope for the american people. this congress is reinvig rated
-- reinvigorated, new members, by your optimism and your idealism and your commitment to our country. let us acknowledge your families, whose support have made your leadership possible today. to your families. [applause] each of us brings to this congress our shared values, our commitment to the constitution and our personal experience. my path to congress and to the speakership began in baltimore where my father was the mayor. i was raised in a large family that was devoutly catholic deeply patriotic, very proud of our italian-american heritage , and staunchly democratic.
[applause] my parents taught us that public service was a noble calling and that we had a responsibility to help those in need. i view them as working on the side of the angels. and now they are with them. but i am so happy that my brother, tommy d'allesandro, who was also a mayor of battle, is -- baltimore, is here leading the d'allesandro family from battle here today. [applause] he's sitting right up there with tony bennett. [laughter] 43 years ago, paul pelosi and i were married. we raised our five children in san francisco, where paul was born and raised.
i want to thank paul and our five children, nancy corinne jackson, paul junior, and alexander and our magnificent , grandchildren, for their love and support and for the confidence they gave me to go from the kitchen to the congress. [applause] and i thank my constituents in san francisco and to the state of california for the privilege of representing them in congress. st. francis of assisi is our city's patron saint, and his "song of st. francis" is our
city's anthem. "lord, make me a channel of thy peace. where there is darkness, may we bring light. where there is hatred, may we bring love. where there is despair, may we bring hope." hope is what america is about and it is in that spirit that i serve in the congress of the united states. [applause] and today i thank my colleagues. by electing me speaker, you have brought us closer to the ideal of equality that is america's heritage and america's hope. this is an historic moment and i thank the leader for acknowledging it. thank you, mr. boehner. it is an historic moment for the congress. it is an historic moment for the women of america. [applause]
it is a moment for which we have waited over 200 years. never losing faith, we waited for the many years of struggle to achieve our rights. but women weren't just waiting. women were working. never losing faith, we worked to redeem the promise of america -- that all men and women are created equal. [applause]
for our daughters and our granddaughters, today we have broken the marble ceiling. for our daughters and our granddaughters now, the sky is the limit. anything is possible for them. [applause] the election of 2006 was a call to change, not merely to change the control of congress, but for a new direction for our country. nowhere were the american people more clear about the need for a new direction than in the war in iraq. [applause]
the american people rejected an open-ended obligation to a war without end. shortly, president bush will address the nation on the subject of iraq. it is the responsibility of the president to articulate a new plan for iraq that makes it clear to the iraqis that they must defend their own streets and their own security, a plan that promotes stability in the region and a plan that allows us to responsiblely redeploy our troops. [applause] let us work together to be the
congress that rebuilds our military to meet the national security challenges of the 21st century. [applause] let us be the congress that strongly honors our responsibility to protect the american people from terrorism. [applause] let us be the congress that never forgets our commitment to our veterans and our first responders, always honoring them as the heroes that they are. [applause]
the american people also spoke clearly for a new direction here at home. they desire a new vision, a new america, built on the values that have made our country great. our founders envisioned a new america driven by optimism opportunity and strength. so confident were they in the america that they were advancing that they put on the great seal of the united states "novos ordo seclorum." they spoke for the centuries, that they spoke of america as a just and good place, as a fair and efficient society and as a source of opportunity for all.
this vision has sustained us for over 200 years. and it accounts for what is best in our great nation. liberty, opportunity and justice. [applause] now it is our responsibility to carry forth that vision of a new america into the 21st century. a new america that seizes the future and forges 21st sentry -- 21st-century solutions through discovery, creativity and innovation, sustaining our economic leadership and ensuring our national security. a new america with a vibrant and strengthened middle class for whom college is affordable health care is accessible and retirement reliable. [applause]
a new america that declares our energy independence, promotes domestic sources of renewable energy, and combats climate change. [applause] a new america that is strong secure and a respected leader among the community of nations. [applause] and the american people told us they expected us to work together. for fiscal responsibility, with the highest ethical standard and with civility and bipartisanship. [applause]
after years of historic deficits, this 110th congress will commit itself to a higher standard -- pay as you go, no new deficit spending. [applause] our new america will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt. [applause] in order to achieve our new america for the 21st century, we must return this house to the american people.
so our first order of business is passing the toughest congressional ethics reform in history. [applause] this new congress doesn't have two years or 200 days. let us join together in the first 100 hours to make this the congress -- the most honest and open congress in history. [applause] 100 hours. this openness requires respect for every voice in the congress
. as thomas jefferson said, every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. my colleagues elected me to be speaker of the house. the entire house. respectful of the vision of our founders, the expectation of our people, and the great challenges that we face, we have an obligation to reach beyond partisanship to work for all americans. [applause] let us stand together to move our country forward, seeking common ground for the common good. we have made history. now let us make progress for the american people.
house will come to order! [applause] i'm now ready to take the oath of office from the dean of the congress of the united states, mr. dingell, and in acknowledging him, i also want to acknowledge speaker foley who has been with us as well. [applause] >> the distinguished gentlewoman from california will please raise her right hand. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, and that you will bear true faith and
allegiance to the same, and that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that you will faithfully and well discharge the duties of the office upon which you are about to enter, so help you god? >> i do. [cheers and applause] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2014] >> you're watching american history tv, all weekend, every weekend on c-span3. to join the conversation, like us on facebook at c-span history. >> this sunday, the president
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