Posted at 7:00 AM May 06, 2010
By Naomi Zeveloff
This Sunday is Mother's Day. Which means it's time to talk about the best mother in politics: Hillary Clinton. Gotcha! We all know that Chelsea had to chip her way out of Clinton's womb with an ice pick. The real best mother is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who is such a good mother that she wrote a book to America's daughters entitled "Know Your Power."
Well, it takes one's power to know one's power, Madame Speaker. Not only did Pelosi pass sweeping health care reform, but she also birthed five children in her day. And, to hear her tell it, there's no better boot camp for political life than motherhood.
La vida momma taught Pelosi discipline, focus, and the ability to multitask. In "Know Your Power," Pelosi described organizing her tots into a sandwich-making assembly line for the next day's lunches. "I'm not taking any complaints," she told them. Sound familiar, House Democrats?
Though Pelosi entered politics once her kids were raised--her youngest daughter Alexandra was a senior in high school when she ran for a seat in the U.S. House--she brought politics into parenting, famously refusing to rent a home in San Francisco when she found out the owner had vacated it to move to work for the Nixon administration.
But lest you think Pelosi has moved on from her family life now that she's The Most Powerful Woman in America, rest assured ye women who think you can have a career and kids, too. Pelosi was recently spotted at a health care conference carrying her grandson on her hip. And no, that wasn't some silly drum-up-mom-support trick. Pelosi did it because she actually likes him.
"Nothing in my life will ever, ever compare to being a mom," she told USA Today back in 2007. "Not being a member of Congress, not being speaker of the House."
So happy Mother's Day, Nancy Pelosi. And to all those moms out there with political ambitions, never fear. If Pelosi could make the leap from mom to mogul, so can you. Now who wants to finger paint a campaign sign?