11/19/2012 12:18 pm ET

Nancy Pelosi: Luke Russert's Question 'Amused' Me (VIDEO)

Though Nancy Pelosi seemed to say otherwise on Wednesday, the House Democratic leader said she was not offended by NBC reporter Luke Russert's question about her age.

After Pelosi announced her intent to remain as the leader of the minority caucus in the House of Representatives, Russert asked if it was time for younger leadership.

"Some of your colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prohibits the party from having a younger leadership and hurts the party in the long term," he said. "What's your response?" Russert asked.

After Pelosi and her colleagues loudly dismissed Russert's question, Pelosi said, "Let's for a moment honor it as a legitimate question, although it's quite offensive. You don't realize that, I guess."

During an interview with ABC News' Martha Raddatz for "This Week," Pelosi said she was "amused" by Russert's question, and pointed to her colleagues as the offended parties.

"You seemed genuinely taken aback and almost upset the other day at your press conference when you were asked if it was time for younger leadership," Raddatz said.

"I do not agree with the characterization you just gave," Pelosi said. "I was amused. I was surprised at the response of my colleagues because they just were very offended by it."

When Raddatz pressed further, Pelosi said that she "laughed" and described the question as "a matter of course."

Watch the interview in the clip above. The exchange comes in the final minute of the video.



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