Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) voted for the new speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, with bravado on Thursday, shouting, “Reclaiming my time!”
The move by a smiling Waters was met with shouts and applause from many other members of Congress.
Maxine Waters was asked who she was voting for and responded, "Reclaiming my time… Nancy Pelosi" pic.twitter.com/XIfcRhms5T
— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 3, 2019
As they are wont to do, people on Twitter had a lot to say about the moment:
Maxine Waters really just said "reclaiming my time" before her speaker vote… Icon.
— Josh (@joshi_xcx) January 3, 2019
— Zel McCarthy (@ZelMcCarthy) January 3, 2019
— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin (@ECMcLaughlin) January 3, 2019
The congresswoman’s now-famous catchphrase stems from a 2017 interaction with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Asking the secretary about an unanswered letter during a House Financial Services Committee hearing that year, Waters refused to allow him to waste any of her allotted time. Every single time Mnuchin did not directly answer her questions, she repeated, “Reclaiming my time.”
The phrase quickly became a meme, resulting in laughter from some …
"how ar-""RECLAIMING MY TIME"
— Broderick Greer (@BroderickGreer) July 28, 2017
— Preston Mitchum (@PrestonMitchum) July 28, 2017
— nwahsur (@SirRWalters) July 28, 2017
… and vitriol from others.
Waters Refuses to Stop Interrupting Mnuchin During Finance Hearing: ‘Reclaiming My Time’ https://t.co/tOU3AAXwKx