Paul Pelosi Makes First Public Appearance

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On Sunday (December 4), Paul Pelosi made his first appearance at an event in D.C. since being attacked at his San Francisco home in late October.

Attending the 45th Kennedy Center Honors, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA.) 82-year-old husband wore a black hat and a single black glove. The choice of accessories potentially covers surgery scars after he suffered a skull fracture and injuries to his arm and hand inflicted by an intruder allegedly looking for the House Speaker.

The Sunday night event was hosted to celebrate this year’s Kennedy Center honorees, including Christian singer Amy Grant, soul singer Gladys Knight, composer and conductor Tania León, actor and human rights activist George Clooney, and the Irish rock band U2.

Paul and Nancy Pelosi, seated beside Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, received a shoutout from David Rubenstein, chairman of the Kennedy Center.

Rubenstein’s appreciation for the couple caused a standing ovation.

Rubenstein expressed special gratitude to the House Speaker for being “devoted to the Kennedy Center” during her decades in Congress, sharing the thanks with Paul Pelosi.

During the standing ovation, the Pelosis grabbed each other’s hands, raising them as a gesture of triumph.

Following the ceremony, Paul Pelosi appeared in good spirits, laughing and conversing with other guests during the reception.

Pelosi’s Sunday outing comes just over a month after he was violently attacked by 42-year-old David DePape, who is facing state charges of attempted murder, elder abuse, and burglary and federal charges for the attempted kidnapping of a U.S. official.