To the Editor:
For years, the women’s movement has fought against the characterization of women in general as overly emotional, small-minded, and petty.
Unfortunately, all the gains we made over the last hundred years were undercut by Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s embarrassing performance after President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech.
Pelosi is the first and only woman Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
Prior to her two separate terms as Speaker, the position has always been held by men. Of the many State of the Union addresses I have watched, I have never seen such a disgraceful, undignified spectacle by any other Speaker.
In the past, Democrats have presided over Republican presidents’ State of the Union addresses and Republican Speakers have presided over Democrat presidents’ addresses.
Obviously, when the president and the Speaker are from different parties, the Speaker will agree with little that the president says, but until recently all of them have conducted themselves with decorum.
Pelosi’s facial expressions, shuffling of papers, and overall demeanor during the address were distracting and annoying. It appears that she was trying to make the address all about herself.
Her unfortunate choice to tear up the speech in full view of the cameras indicates that she cannot keep her emotions in check.
Her petulance was an affront to Congress, the president, and the entire country.
In a one-and-a-half-hour period, Pelosi, who purports to be a spokesperson for the rights of women, reinforced the old stereotypic characterization of women, leaving many to wonder why we would ever want a woman president if we can’t trust a woman to conduct herself with decorum as Speaker of the House.
Susan Smith Lindell