“Hey, Mr. President, not a good night,” Pelosi told Obama during a phone call on Nov. 2, 2010, according to footage from the new HBO Max documentary Pelosi in the House.
She went on to say Democrats shouldn’t consider their midterm wipeout as a total loss, instead blaming white men who lost their jobs during the recession for her party’s failures.
“Our members have said they don’t regret their health care bill right across the board. Even if we never passed health care reform, we were still going to lose this election because of 9.5% unemployment. ‘Cause it wasn’t about that, it was about jobs,” Pelosi told Obama.
“The white male thing is just — that’s a dominant thing. When they don’t have a job, they get in a mood,” she continued. “And, um, so we’ll have to make some decisions in our caucus about how we go forward.”
The conversation came after Republicans made their largest midterm gains since 1938, in large part thanks to the Tea Party’s organization against Obamacare.
Pelosi in the House is a documentary filmed by Pelosi’s daughter, Alexandra, and chronicles the Democrat’s rise to leadership.
Her daughter asked what the call was about, and Pelosi said it had to do with the government’s COVID-19 response. She unmuted herself and said sarcastically to Pence, “This has been a useful exchange,” before going on to blast the Trump administration for its handling of the pandemic.
Pelosi then muted herself and said to her daughter, “Am I a b****?”