By Ken Krayeske • 9:36 AM EST
Sponsors of Speaker of the United States' House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi's book tour visit to the Hartford Club, Friday, September 12, 2008:
United Technologies, the Bushnell. the Global Women's Issues Forum of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut.
Laurie Aylsworth, representative of Northeast Utilities Transmission, on what a public utility has in common with Nancy Pelosi, third most powerful elected official in the federal government:
Kelly Romano, corporate spokesperson from Carrier, the air conditioning unit of United Technologies Corporation, reeling off statistics about UTC's relationship with the great state of Connecticut:
"We have 27,000 employees in the state. Last year, we gave $4.7 million to not-for-profits in Connecticut last year."
Estimated 2007 salary of George David, chief executive officer of United Technologies, including stock options, bonuses, etc:
Kelly Romano of UTC on similarities between UTC and Nancy Pelosi:
"Like Speaker Pelosi, UTC is committed environmental giving areas. UTC embraces sustainability. We have been working towards a 20 percent reduction in absolute energy usage since 1997. Climate change is a priority. We are committed to securing a better energy climate in this country with the deployment of programs and expanded options, like clean energy production tax credits, fuel cells, and more."
How UTC, a fictional paper entity, feels about being part of the event with Speaker Pelosi, according to Romano:
Leslie Larson, wife of Congressman John Larson, on knowing Nancy Pelosi for nine years:
"Nancy has an ability to connect with every person she meets. I saw the way people around the world receive her. They respect her belief and commitment in moving this country forward."
Nancy Pelosi's first campaign slogan:
"A voice that will be heard."
Nancy Pelosi on the just learned news of her daughter's pregnancy and its impact on Pelosi's visit to Hartford.
"I come to you with great emotion. It is a sign. It is a sign."
Nancy Pelosi, super fan, on the Olympics:
"We all love the Olympics. I was glued to the screen. All the athletes are wonderful."
Nancy Pelosi, media critic, on GE subsidiary NBC's coverage of the Olympics:
"I never once her one word by mentioned by the commentators about protestors being arrested, about people being detained for internment. It was a sanitized thing. If you are going to talk about the place you are, you have to talk about the political situation. I thought it was inappropriate that the network didn't talk about it."
Constitutional provision that gives the House of Representatives control over an administrative agency like the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates NBC's broadcast license:
Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18. "To make all Law which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof."
Number of times Speaker Pelosi mentioned the Constitution in her visit to the Hartford Club:
Nancy Pelosi on American foreign policy:
"I am a human rights advocate for around the world. I'm interested in the terrible situation in Tibet. It is a big issue. Challenging. Human rights is a pillar of our foreign policy. We can be a force for that if we don't lose our moral authority.
"Stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is an important pillar of American foreign policy. For that to happen, people have to respect us." Nancy Pelosi on the violence against humanitarian aid in the Sudan:
"It will break your heart. American foreign policy has one of its pillars of promoting peace, to stop the fury of despair that springs from places of no hope. We have to do something much more visionary in terms of leadership in the world."
Nancy Pelosi on Burma's democratically-elected but long-imprisoned president, Aung Sun Suu Chi:
"One of the way dictators torture, er, torment people in jail is to tell them that no ones knows about you. They have forgotten about you. You mean nothing. We try with political prisoners to send letters on their behalf to their governments, and keep their names in the spotlight."
Nancy Pelosi on world peace and justice:
"You have to be hopeful. These are not partisan issues. They are not down party lines. Some of our most stalwart allies in this have an objective airing approach. The issues of security of America aren't just here. They are global, the alleviation of poverty, the eradication of disease, global warming.
"The war in Iraq, in Congress, that is along party lines. In the rest of America, it is not."
Nancy Pelosi, Middle Eastern political scientist/pop-psychologist:
"Young people are weary of war. We all are. But they worry that they leaders use war as an excuse to not address the real issues, to create a real economy. If I were in Damascus, the West Bank, Saudi Arabia, they all have the same message: We are tired of war. We want a future."
Nancy Pelosi quoting Hannah Arendt:
"Countries sometimes think that one more act of violence will end the cycle of violence. We are on the flywheel of violence."
Nancy Pelosi on Pakistan:
"It is a most explosive situation. They have a nuclear warhead… The question is who is in charge… The ISI is totally infiltrated with all kinds of violent elements… Pakistan is deadly serious."
Nancy Pelosi on the United States initiating military action in Pakistan recently:
"I can't confirm or deny."
Nancy Pelosi's advice to daughters of America.
"Know your budget. Know your strengths."
Nancy Pelosi on what this country needs:
Nancy Pelosi on her becoming the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives:
"I ran for speaker as an outsider."
Number of years Pelosi served in the House of Representatives before ascending to its highest post:
Nancy Pelosi pitching Barack Obama's campaign without actually mentioning Obama's name:
"We have to have a change of dynamic in Washington, D.C."
Nancy Pelosi on getting women elected to office:
"You have to get up and eat nails for breakfast, don a suit of armor and get into the fray. Don't think anyone will hand this to you on a silver platter. Women took insult and abuse to make this happen. You have to get in there and compete and show your stuff."
Diane Smith, radio talk show hostess who interviewed Pelosi, describing former Connecticut Congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate Barbara Kennelly's political preference:
Nancy Pelosi on the female gender:
"Women listen and they hear and support each other. Women grow things. We are multitasking. There is something about women, they are listening and accommodating and the rest of that.'"
Nancy Pelosi on her upbringing, being raised by tight knit family, with a father elected Mayor and Congressman:
"We grew up learning that every person had a spark of divinity. We are all God's children, and we had to be treated that way. When I was little, I could tell you how to go on welfare, get a bed, get housing. Those were the values we had. That translated for me into the Democratic party and its policies."
Nancy Pelosi's response when presented with a request to sign the title page of her book "Impeach the President."
Giggle. "I'm not going to write that."