Nancy Pelosi may have sparred with former President George W. Bush during his eight years in office, but now she’s making it no secret: She wishes he was still here.
The House Minority Leader made that admission on ABC’s “This Week Sunday” after mistakenly referring to President Donald Trump as “President Bush.”
The California Democrat made the slip while discussing Trump’s first 100 days and both parties’ willingness to work together.
“I never have seen so much willingness to help win. And winning means winning for the American people, that either we win or whoever wins understands the priorities of the American people, and they are not with President Bush,” she said before catching her mistake ― one she also made in February ― and dramatically putting her hand to her heart.
“I’m so sorry, President Bush! I never thought I’d pray for the day that you were president again,” she exclaimed.
When Bush left office in 2009, he had one of the lowest approval ratings in recent history. Now eight years later, his memory appears to have improved with time. Many of Trump’s critics point to the sitting president ― who hit a record-low approval rating last month ― as the reason why.
This change in opinion wasn’t overlooked Saturday night at Samantha Bee’s “Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner” when former Saturday Night Live star Will Ferrell reprised his impression of the 43rd president to a standing ovation.
”How do you like me now?” he asked before giving a quiet snicker to the roaring crowd.
“History has proven to be kinder to me than many of you thought,” he remarked. “For the longest time, I was considered the worst president of all time. That has changed ― and it only took 100 days.”