Pelosi: Obama Has More Patience Than Biblical Job

By Nicholas Ballasy | July 14, 2011 | 1:02 PM EDT

( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that President Barack Obama has shown a “level of patience” in debt limit negotiations with congressional leaders that does not compare to the biblical figure Job, known as the “Man of Patience.”

“I want to commend the president – I have never seen – Job is no place compared to this president in terms of patience,” said Pelosi at a press briefing on Thursday. “He [Job] doesn’t even begin because this president has demonstrated a level of patience, not only during the meetings but as respect, respectful of the suggestions that are made by all parties at the meeting, in his preparation for the meeting, and his coming back to address concerns that are expressed by others.”

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pelosi also said she is “almost too busy” to continue listening to what is going on in the debt limit meetings.

“Day in and day out, the president has respectfully listened, accommodated, engaged in conversation in a very informed way and he is the president of the United States,” she said.  “I know he’s busy. I myself am almost too busy to continue listening to some of the things that are going on in that room. So I know he must be very busy. But he has treated everyone there with great dignity. The only thing I hope he doesn’t ask us to do is go to Camp David. That goes beyond the pale. Driving down the street for these meetings is one thing --”

Pelosi went on to describe Camp David as a place where the president should be able to study rather than hold meetings like the current debt limit negotiations.