I don't think it's important to agree with her politics to be incredibly
pleased about Nancy Pelosi being the speaker of the house. (Of course
I happen to agree with her politics, so I can say that.)
I distinctly remember the day I heard that Sandra Day O'Connor (whose
politics I don't agree with) was nominated to the Supreme Court. I
was in my little red Volkswagen on the campus of the University of
Utah, in front of the Annex Building, listening to it on the radio,
making myself late for an appointment.
I remember what I was wearing, how the air was, the texture of the
seat -- because I marked it in my mind and said "I will want to
remember this moment, it is important."
I had a similar experience when Geraldine Ferraro was nominated to be
Walter Mondale's vice presidential running mate. (Side story is that
this is how I met Granger's father -- I was wearing a Mondale/Ferraro
button THAT DAY that I had made in the print shop I worked in and he
stopped me to ask both why someone else in podunk southern Utah would
be wearing such a button and did I have another.)
Linda Wertheimer, a commentator on NPR, did a wonderful job talking
about Pelosi's swearing in and first moments of leadership. The
moment that sticks in my mind is her description of Pelosi holding her
youngest grandchild in one arm -- a weeks-old newborn -- while
greeting new colleagues. Wertheimer says it eloquently, but it's
something like it's nothing new for women to be "taking care of the
children and getting the job done."
Linda Werthheimer's commentary at NPR.