The new Democratic-held House voted Nancy Pelosi its Speaker yesterday, placing her back in power for the first time in eight years. The newest members of Congress — including more than 100 women — were also sworn in, marking a watershed moment in American politics.
Pelosi last held the Speaker’s gavel during Barack Obama’s presidency, and her return has been commemorated with scores of different, hilarious memes. (Bless you, internet.)
Like this one:
She’s right behind me, isn’t she? pic.twitter.com/rzeBOf3z2b
— Schooley (@Rschooley) January 3, 2019
And this one:
It's certainly a big day for Nancy Pecongresscongress Today Todaylosi pic.twitter.com/Hz7DstK5tz
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) January 3, 2019
And, of course, this one (#SorryNotSorry, Paul Ryan):
Nancy Pelosi's weightlifting is way more impressive pic.twitter.com/ywQ3bpoRjz
— Orli Matlow (@HireMeImFunny) January 3, 2019
And let’s not forget this one:
Actual photo of Nancy Pelosi returning to Congress pic.twitter.com/4yKPBjy5Zh
— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) January 3, 2019
— Otis Brown (@otistherigger) January 3, 2019
And then there’s this line of succession:
You’ve got that right:
trump: i want money to build the wall!
nancy pelosi: pic.twitter.com/kzdFuC9OlJ
— ziwe (@ziwe) January 3, 2019
History in the making:
lol this pic is gonna rule when the kid is speaker of the house in 50 years pic.twitter.com/FZxYlyUzqr
— please @ me for access to my powerful brain (@ChrisCaesar) January 3, 2019
— Eric Rosswood (@LGBT_Activist) January 3, 2019
Nancy Pelosi: quotes Ronald Reagan
*camera cuts to stonefaced GOP*
Nancy: no applause for Ronald Reagan?
— Malinda Frevert (@MalindaFrevert) January 3, 2019
Pelosi is now second in line to the presidency should President Donald Trump be unable to execute his duties, just behind Vice President Mike Pence. She reclaimed her position as Speaker despite opposition within her own party. Asked whether she considers herself Trump’s equal, she said: “The Constitution does.”
Pelosi picked up the Speaker’s gavel on Day 13 of a partial government shutdown that began when Trump opted not to sign a stopgap funding bill because he disagreed with Congress over funds for his proposed wall on our nation’s southern border.
Pelosi “has zero desire to acquiesce to the President during her first hours with a gavel in hand, only solidifying the position of the Democrats against additional funding,” according to CNN, and it is unlikely either Democrats or Republicans will move to compromise unless they have an incentive to do so.
The shutdown is the fourth longest in U.S. history, and there is no end in sight, despite assurances from Democrats that they will pass funding bills as soon as they take office. The inauguration of the 116th Congress today marks the first time ever that a federal shutdown will extend into two different Congresses.
The president’s insistence on blaming Democrats for the shutdown contradicts his own statements. In December, he preemptively accepted ownership of a then-possible shutdown.
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. … I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it,” he told Democratic leaders Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office on December 11.
Pelosi has already invited the president to deliver his State of the Union address before a Joint Session of Congress on January 29.