House Speaker Nancy Pelosi repeatedly flubbed the HBCU acronym for Historically Black Colleges and Universities at a special event Tuesday, when she touted the recently approved bipartisan FUTURE Act to send hundreds of millions to minority serving schools.
“We were just talking about different card games I’ve learned from our colleagues who went to Hispani, uh, uh, historically black colleges and universities,” Pelosi said during the Tuesday livestream.
Seconds later, she tripped over the acronym again.
“Susan Davis, the higher education workforce investment committee, Susan Davis, thank you for your leadership as well. And for all of our members who have played such an important role, there they are the tri-caucus of the Congress, because this is about minority-serving institutions, historically, uh, um, black colleges and universities, it’s about Hispanic serving universities, it’s about serving Native Americans.”
The tongue-tied Speaker is infamous for botching her weekly press briefings and other public engagements.
Earlier this month, as she announced articles of impeachment against President Trump, Pelosi appeared with her nose bandaged and suffered multiple face spasms as she marred her words numerous times in less than six minutes, The American Mirror reports.
Pelosi invoked the founding fathers and attempted to recite the Declaration of Independence, alleging “it becomes necessary for one people to diss- to dissolve the political bands …”
She also swallowed hard when she choked out the words “corrupt leader,” then suffered a face spasm when she accused Trump of “withholding military aid,” despite the fact that Ukraine received the allegedly withheld funds.
Pelosi also struggled with the words “oath of office” and alleged the president “leaves us no choice but to act because he is try- trying to corrupt, once again, the election,” she said.
In other talks, Pelosi has suffered brain freezes, repeated herself, instructed her audiences to clap, pointed out that “infants and children” are the poorest Americans, described John Kasich as the “governor of Illinois,” and bungled the name of a civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther Sing.
Regardless, her announcement Tuesday is one of the few substantive accomplishments she’s managed during her latest stint as Speaker, which has centered mostly on efforts to impeach President Trump.
According to the Rivard Report:
The Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act will permanently fund historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions and other minority-serving institutions, as well as simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and eliminate paperwork for income-driven student loan repayment plans.
The bottom line is HSIs, HBCUs, and MSIs will get $255 million in Title III funds under the Higher Education Act, money schools will put to a variety of uses.
“Nationally, Title III Funds are used for planning and faculty development. Other projects include instructional facilities, construction and maintenance, and student service programs designed to improve academic success and help students move rapidly into core courses and through program completion,” the news site reports.