This chapter traces Pelosi’s actions in organizing the House for the 111th Congress. It then analyzes her relationship with President Obama, from both a personal and institutional perspective. At the outset of the new administration, much attention was focused on Obama’s professed interest in fostering a degree of bipartisan accommodation in Washington. The chapter analyzes bipartisanship’s meaning and prospects. It then offers an assessment of Pelosi’s strategic approach to governing in terms of partisanship and bipartisanship. It considers the controversy that arose over her knowledge of the program set up by the Bush administration to use what it called “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EITs, i.e., “waterboarding” and other practices to inflict suffering on detainees in order to elicit information from them). Finally, it discusses the legislative record of the first session of the 111th Congress.
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