From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday played one part schoolteacher, one part grandma, one part elected official .
On Bring Your Son or Daughter to Work Day, Pelosi moved away from the podium and sat to take questions from children of staffers, members of Congress and, of course, reporters.
"Why did you join them and not us?" asked one wily boy. "And, by them, I mean the Democrats and, by us, I mean the Republicans."
After guffaws from the crowd -- and from Pelosi -- the speaker said she was glad he identified with a party and that he's involved. But she couldn't resist taking a shot at Republicans.
"I hope the next generation takes back" what used to really be the "Grand Ol' Party," Pelosi said, turning toward the cameras with a smile.
Pelosi was asked 12 other questions from the kids -- she took only eight from the adults afterward -- before handing out chocolates and coins with the image of the Capitol on them.
"Why do you have chocolate and flags?" asked a sandy-haired, blue-eyed boy, who couldn't have been more than 3 before bashfully sitting back down.
Acknowledging the flags behind her and chocolates in front of her, Pelosi saw through the boy's question.
She took it as a hint to stop with the questions already and hand out those chocolates.