BACKSEAT DRIVER

Photos: Donald Trump’s night in Nancy Pelosi’s House

Be my guest.
Be my guest.
Image: REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Donald Trump, who prizes loyalty, usually gets to carefully choose the people placed closest to him for his speeches. For the State of the Union, he doesn’t have a say in who shares the stage. The backdrop provides for two very visible roles, filled by the vice president and the speaker of the House.

There is often a split partisan in full view behind the president, yet rarely one in which the players engaged in so much acrimony just weeks earlier.

It made for an awkward dynamic last night (Feb. 5). For speaker Nancy Pelosi, this was a return engagement, the first time since 2010 that she or any other Democrat held the gavel for the State of the Union. (She first ascended to the speakership in 2007, while George W. Bush was president.)

Here are some images from the president’s address that reveal the new-found level of confidence Pelosi has appeared to reclaim for the opposition party that will control much of what Trump can get done in the second half of the term he won in 2016.

The greetings of counterparts as Mike Pence looks on.
The greetings of counterparts as Mike Pence looks on.
Image: Doug Mills/The New York Times/Pool via Reuters
Bluster in the front, smirking in the back.
Bluster in the front, smirking in the back.
Image: Reuters/Leah Millis
The clapback analyzed ’round the world.
The clapback analyzed ’round the world.
Image: Doug Mills/The New York Times/Pool via Reuters
Pelosi gestures towards the congresswomen sitting in the audience when Trump gave them a shoutout.
Pelosi gestures towards the congresswomen sitting in the audience when Trump gave them a shoutout.
Image: Reuters/Jim Young
Catching up on some reading.
Catching up on some reading.
Image: Reuters/Leah Millis