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It Was Good Ta Be Da Queen: Nancy Pelosi’s ‘Air Force Fun’ Update

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By Doug Powers  •  January 27, 2011 10:26 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Nancy Pelosi’s in-flight perks as Speaker almost make Barbra Streisand’s backstage demands look modest (I can’t believe Nancy never thought of rose petals in the toilet, but maybe she did).

The bills for Pelosi’s air escapades have been piling up for quite a while, and some of the final expenses from her tenure as Queen Speaker are starting to come to light. Among them…

The former House Speaker was showered with a cornucopia of gourmet food and alcohol as she travelled over 90,000 miles around the world in just nine months last year – all courtesy of the US Airforce (USAF).

On one overseas excursion, her office even wrote to the USAF asking for strawberries dipped in dark chocolate as a birthday treat.

The documents, uncovered by political corruption watchdog Judicial Watch, reveal that the US taxpayer was billed for $101,429 (£64,000) in Mrs Pelosi’s in-flight services over a period of two years.

One internal Air Force email sent on March 25, 2010 said: ‘The speaker’s office is requesting egg salad sandwiches on wheat toast with fruit (watermelon, etc) for desert [sic].

‘It’s the speaker’s B-Day tomorrow so we’re also asking for something like chocolate covered strawberries (dark chocolate preferred)…’

Mind you, that cost was for in-flight services, not the total of the flights themselves. The booze and wine flowed freely, and taxpayers didn’t even get to smell the cork (they got that jammed somewhere else).

The following has been reported before, but it serves as a reminder that Pelosi traveled with so much military armor that even Patton might think she overdid it:

Documents obtained from the U.S. Army include correspondence from Speaker Pelosi’s office requesting an Army escort and three military planes to transport Pelosi and other members of Congress to Cleveland, Ohio, for the funeral services of the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Pelosi noted in her letter of August 22, 2008, that such a request, labeled “Operation Tribute” was an “exception to standard policy.”

You know politicians are up to something when they’re coming up with code-names for funerals. Incidentally, the signal for Pelosi’s fighter escort to take off was initiated with the order “Botox! Botox! Botox!”

Pelosi’s predecessor was no piker either, but John Boehner appears to be off on the right foot so far.

**Written by Doug Powers

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