Throughout a 50-minute interview on Thursday in her second-floor Capitol office, where the late Speaker Tip O’Neill used to receive supplicants, Pelosi was sharply derisive about the scorn Republicans have for this president.

“You know why it is,” she said. “You know why it is. He’s brilliant, … he thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done … and he’s completely eloquent. That’s a package that they don’t like.”…

Pelosi said Obama is getting a bad rap from Democrats who complain – usually privately — that he doesn’t stroke them enough. “I’ve served since President Reagan,” she said. “I don’t know any member of Congress who ever said, ‘I’m satisfied with the communication that we have from the White House.’ That’s just the way it is. … I’m very proud of the president.”

Then she added a line that she has used before, that drives Republicans batty: “He has been … open, practically apolitical, certainly nonpartisan, in terms of welcoming every idea and solution. I think that’s one of the reasons the Republicans want to take him down politically, because they know he is a nonpartisan president, and that’s something very hard for them to cope with.”