I missed this on Sunday – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was being interviewed on Fox News Sunday and was asked about her comment that she was praying for President Bush to change his heart on SCHIP legislation. Here is the transcript:
WALLACE: You said the other day that you were praying for President Bush to change his mind about vetoing SCHIP. Do you pray for our soldiers to win in Iraq?
PELOSI: Of course I do.
WALLACE: To win?
PELOSI: Of course I do. Of course. What a question. First of all, I pray for President Bush all the time, and I–prayed especially hard that he would sign the…children’s health bill, because it’s so important to America’s children.
WALLACE: When you pray for President Bush, what do you pray for?
PELOSI: I pray that, that–well, at the same time as I pray for him, I pray for America’s children, and that there can be some compatibility in their thinking. But I pray for his health; his well-being. I pray that he makes the right decisions for the American people, but, when I was–
WALLACE: –Do you ever pray for him to change his policies?
PELOSI: All the time! But–let me draw a line: When I was growing up in politics, we were always told that we shouldn’t pray for a political outcome — that we just pray that God’s will would be done. We pray for the children, we pray for the poor people, we pray for people who need help; and we always, always, always pray for our men and women in uniform, who make our freedom to pray possible.
I wonder if someone could be elected to office in our current climate if they said they never prayed for anyone or anything.