Rep. Paul Ryan’s athletic prowess served him well after his election as the new House speaker — he dodged a hug from House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi.
If nothing else, this signals a new era in House politics — no more huggie-kissie between the speaker and minority leader. It’s time to get to business.
After the Wisconsin Republican secured 236 votes from the full House Thursday morning to win the speakership, the California Democrat — herself a former speaker — presented Ryan with the speaker’s gavel.
“It is my privilege to hand this gavel to the Speaker of the House, Congressman and honorable Paul Ryan.” she said.
At that point, Pelosi brought her left arm up, in an apparent attempt to give Ryan a hug, but he was able to adroitly dodge the bullet by offering his hand instead.
Watch the clip.
People on social media thought it hilarious.
— Marjorie Haun (@Reagan_Girl) October 30, 2015
I actually find this more appropriate. You wouldn’t see two men hugging after exchanging the gavel. https://t.co/ekEZPrUZaF
— Book (@Book_56) October 30, 2015
Incredibly awkward exchange as Pelosi handed gavel to Ryan today after losing Speaker vote to him. Handshake? Hug? First bump? Dap? — dan needles (@dneedles12) October 29, 2015
Give paul Ryan one atta boy. When that idiot Pelosi handed him the gavel today she wanted a hug…he resisted and only shook her hand.
— Big Kahuna (@BigKahuna919191) October 29, 2015
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