Nancy Pelosi Still Wants a Pool Table (Video)

Pelosi has asked for a pool table for her birthday since 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nancy Pelosi seemingly was content to celebrate her 75th birthday with a vote on a Medicare fix. Until she wasn’t.

The California Democrat closed her weekly news conference Thursday echoing a request she has made for the past five years: She wants a pool table, she just doesn’t know where to put it.

“I still want my pool table,” Pelosi told reporters, a gift she also  asked for in 2010 . “And it’s not just the pool table. It’s the question of, 'Where do you put the pool table?' So that is the ongoing debate. I think the dining room is a perfect place.”

The House minority leader made a point of bringing up her birthday multiple times Thursday, at one point recalling when she ran into former Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., in 1980 in Italy, which she later wove back into talking about the Medicare fix the House was set to vote on.

“Oh my goodness, how can we be in the same place?” Pelosi recalled of seeing Hyde, raising her hands to her cheeks. “And then I’d see people talking to him and I thought, ‘Well, I guess that’s the way it is.’"

The  14th-richest member of Congress  left Thursday’s news conference without any indication whether she plans to purchase a pool table in the near-future, much less where she plans to put it.

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