BOSTON (CBS) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in Boston on Sunday to receive this year’s John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
Caroline Kennedy said Pelosi was chosen because of her leadership, integrity and grace under pressure.
“I’m totally at a loss for words. I’m speechless. I’m overwhelmed by the honor of it all,” Pelosi said.
The Democrat leader received this year’s Profile In Courage Award at the JFK Presidential Library for her work in expanding health care.
“Her leadership is needed now more than ever. I can’t imagine any other person presiding over the House and Representative than her,” said Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern.
The gala brought out all the political bigwigs, from many of the Kennedys to congressman and Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
“Obviously what’s going on in Washington, especially for us in Massachusetts – she’s one of our great hopes that we have,” DeLeo said.
Pelosi was described as a trailblazer for women, being the first woman to lead the U.S. House of Representatives.
Pelosi took a moment to weigh in on the controversial abortion law recently passed in Alabama.
“I don’t think any politician should have anything to say about a woman’s timing or size of her family or a women’s health,” Pelosi said.
The Profile In Courage Award has been dubbed the Nobel Prize for public servants. Some past recipients include President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush and the late Sen. John McCain.
“Tonight, we’re celebrating positive acts of courage,” Pelosi said.