Pelosi announced Wednesday that she will stay on as minority leader in the 113th Congress.
The California Democrat declined to say what advice President Barack Obama had offered her, but said her House colleagues had repeatedly told her, ďdonít even think of leaving.Ē
Pelosi said she made her final decision late Tuesday.
Although the minority leader position is a far cry from wielding the speakerís gavel she once held, Pelosi said this yearís election results, while far from returning Democrats the majority, offered her an improved climate to stay on in.
Particularly with Obama being re-elected, ďI donít want to say itís better than having the gavel, but itís better than it was the last term,Ē she said. Some of the ďanti-government ideologuesĒ are gone and ďthat message has largely been rejected,Ē Pelosi said.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.