Hollywood stars praise 'badass' Pelosi at award ceremony
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Ginsburg successor must uphold commitment to 'equality, opportunity and justice for all' Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Pelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg MORE (D-Calif.) was praised by Hollywood actors and actresses Wednesday evening while receiving a public service award from the LBJ Foundation.

Pelosi was this year’s recipient of the Liberty & Justice For All Award, given to “America’s most dedicated public servants, to recognize those who try every day to carry on President Lyndon Johnson’s commitment to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people,” said PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff, who emceed the event.


President Johnson “loved the legislative process, and he was a master of the machinery of government. So is Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” Woodruff said.

The evening featured Hollywood stars reading speeches from Pelosi and Johnson, including Tony Goldwyn, who portrayed a U.S. president on ABC’s “Scandal,” and Jayne Atkinson and Michael Gill from Netflix’s “House of Cards.”

All three spoke highly of Pelosi in brief interviews with The Hill.

Gill, who is married to Atkinson, said Pelosi is “an inspiration … on a number of fronts.”

“She’s badass. She is everything you could want, in a way, out of a strong, vulnerable, powerful woman,” he said.

Atkinson called Pelosi “amazing” and “a maverick,” adding that when she and Gill met her, “she had quite a sparkle in her eye when she met my husband.”

But Atkinson joked that she wasn’t jealous, saying she told her husband to “sparkle away for Nancy Pelosi.”

Goldwyn added that Pelosi is “an extraordinary woman.”

“Anytime she asks me to do anything, I show up,” he said.

Goldwyn also spoke about the House impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE.

“I think it needs to do just what it’s doing,” Goldwyn said. “All that matters is the facts come out and the truth comes out in a reasonable and efficient way.”

Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk (D), who spoke on stage with Pelosi, pressed the Speaker on the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

“Nobody I ever knew or know goes into public life to impeach a president of the United States,” she said. “This is sad for our country. It has to be done prayerfully, and carefully [and] solemnly.”

“We do believe that there is a risk to the republic if we do not maintain what our founders put forward: three co-equal branches of government, separation of powers with a check and balance on each other, so we didn’t have a monarchy,” she added.

Pelosi is the ninth person to receive the annual award, established in 2010. Past recipients include former Presidents Carter and George H.W. Bush and the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcSally says current Senate should vote on Trump nominee Say what you will about the presidential candidates, as long as it isn't 'They're too old' The electoral reality that the media ignores MORE (R-Ariz.), whose daughter Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainKasich to Meghan McCain: Concern over abortion 'dwarfed' by need to beat Trump Meghan McCain says she believes report Trump called fallen soldiers 'losers' Meghan McCain hits Ivanka Trump's defense of president's Twitter: It's not a 'communication style,' it's 'cruelty' MORE accepted the award on his behalf just two months before he died in August 2018.