During a White House event marking the one-year anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought to generate support and applause for the legislation. Standing alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Pelosi highlighted various aspects of the act, particularly its focus on addressing climate change, which she referred to as a “health issue,” an “economic issue,” and a “moral issue.”
Noticing the lack of applause from the audience during her remarks, Pelosi interjected, “I think that’s an applause line.” She repeated this tactic later in her speech, urging applause for legislative efforts and recognizing key figures involved in the process.
This isn’t the first time Pelosi has prompted applause at a White House event. Last year, during a celebration of President Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act, Pelosi similarly encouraged the audience to clap by labeling certain statements as “applause lines.”
This technique of prompting applause from audiences has been compared to a similar incident involving former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush during the 2016 election, where he requested applause from his supporters at a campaign event.