Pelosi: Obama Communicating With Congress Is Like ‘A Marriage’

By Nicholas Ballasy | June 17, 2011 | 2:18 PM EDT

( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi compared President Obama’s communication with the American people on the U.S. military mission in Libya to a marriage on Thursday at her weekly press briefing.

“I saw as I was coming here and you take it for what it was worth, I saw it on TV, that over 50 percent of the American people support what the President is doing in Libya, 30, was it 30 percent – oppose so somehow or other the message, while it may not be enough communication for Congress has reached the American people,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill.

“Should there always be more? There should always be more. I always say to my colleagues it’s like a marriage, you may think you’re communicating. If the other party doesn’t think you’re communicating, you’re not communicating enough. So, think of it that way, you can always do more and always, I believe, strengthens our hand if the, you heard me say it before, President Lincoln said public sentiment is everything.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

She continued, “Respectful of that, I would always encourage any President to communicate with the American people especially when we are engaged in a military action but I also think that if the Congress doesn’t think that it’s being adequately communicated with, they ought to step up the communication.”

A recent Rasmussen poll found that 26 percent of Americans support continued military action in Libya.