DeVos: My confirmation was 'a bit of a bear'

Recently confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Wednesday said her confirmation process in the United States Senate was “a bit of a bear.”

“For me, personally, this confirmation process and the drama in engendered, has been a bit of a bear,” DeVos said in a speech to the Department of Education her first full day on the job.

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DeVos during her hearing said schools in Wyoming may need guns to “protect from potential grizzlies,” a comment that supplied her critics with ammo as they sought to prevent her confirmation.

DeVos looked up and smiled after making the joke, which prompted a laugh from her audience.

Liberal advocacy groups sought to jam Republican senators' phone lines in the lead-up to DeVos’s vote.

DeVos was ultimately confirmed, despite two GOP senators voting against her nomination, with Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceThe most important pledge Democratic presidential candidates can make Pence communications director to leave White House White House crowd sings 'Happy Birthday' to Trump MORE breaking the 50-50 tie.