House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was visibly irritated when a reporter brought up former President George W. Bush.
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“He’s not relevant right now,” she said at her weekly press briefing Thursday, after a reporter brought up a statement from former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo reported by BuzzFeed Wednesday: “President Obama has adopted the same view of war powers as the Bush administration.”
“Do you agree with that?” the reporter asked.
“No,” she responded, and said Democrats in congress and Obama have taken a narrower view of the scope of the president’s ability to engage in conflict without explicit congressional approval. “How [the Bush administration] interpreted [the Act] and for how long is another issue,” she continued. “But he’s not relevant right now.”