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Nancy Pelosi Is Powerless Over Chocolate

The Speaker of the House admits to a major compulsion for chocolate—but she hasn't hit bottom.

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By May Wilkerson

08/22/12

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is a chocoholic—calling herself "madly" obsessed—and her compulsion for cocoa is nothing to scoff at. "I don't know what it is. But some call it dedication, some call it an addiction, others call it an affliction," Pelosi says. She even describes eating chocolate ice cream while exercising—saying, "If you can't eat ice cream while you're doing it, why would you do it?"—and recalls downing an entire pint of New York Super Fudge Chunk while her driver waited to take her to a political event. She admits to often eating chocolate right before bed and waking up at 3 am with a sugar high, but the Democratic congresswoman seems far from willing to give up her vice—claiming that she relies on it to get through difficult career challenges. During a major 2009 debate—on health care, of all things—Pelosi admits to keeping Ghirardelli squares stashed in her office during pivotal meetings with Democratic lawmakers. After the bill passed in March 2010 and Pelosi was asked how she made it through the ordeal, she replied: "Chocolate. Very, very dark chocolate." And no one is pressuring her to quit anytime soon; in fact, Pelosi is surrounded by enablers on Capitol Hill, including POTUS himself—for her birthday two years ago, Obama gifted her with a box of dark chocolate with sea salt.

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