During a conversation hosted by the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Democratic Representative for California Nancy Pelosi discussed the current state of democracy in the United States and other countries around the world.
Clinton expressed her concern over the concerted effort to undermine the foundations of democratic governance and asked Pelosi about the biggest threats and challenges facing democracy, both in the US and globally.
Pelosi responded by praising Clinton’s leadership on democracy, but not before she accidentally called Clinton “President,” and then threw her hands in the air in an attempt to recover from the fumble. She declared that Clinton as president was “my hope.”
“Well, I appreciate that question, but I also appreciate your leadership in this regard when president –”
Pelosi also blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for stealing the 2016 election from Clinton, stating that Clinton was the person Putin feared the most due to her support for democracy in America.
In March, Clinton announced that she will be teaching a foreign policy class at Columbia’s SIPA in the fall, alongside Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo. The course, called “Inside the Situation Room,” will investigate a variety of case studies and examine decision-making in historical and contemporary contexts, ranging from the search for Osama bin Laden to negotiations with Iran.