“I heard Paul Pelosi was here,” his daughter joked.
“I just got here for the pistachios,” he said.
As Ms. Pelosi prepared to enter the House chamber — where she would eventually tear up Mr. Trump’s speech and dismiss it as a “manifesto of mistruths” — her husband was along with her in her office offering moral support.
“You look great, hon,” Mr. Pelosi told her.
Despite his appearances within the documentary, Mr. Pelosi is just not at all times on the speaker’s side, including in May, when he was in a automotive accident in Napa County, Calif., and afterward pleaded guilty to a single count of driving drunk. Ms. Pelosi was across the country, preparing to deliver a commencement address at Brown University.
“He’s there for the times that matter,” Alexandra Pelosi said. “It’s really simply because she says you might have to return. These kinds of individuals need a family to be there for support on days that matter.”
In October, Mr. Pelosi was beaten with a hammer on the couple’s San Francisco home by an assailant who was said to have been targeting the speaker. He suffered major head injuries, but has appeared in recent days by Ms. Pelosi’s side, including her portrait unveiling on the Capitol and on the Kennedy Center Honors celebration.
Still, his daughter said he was on an extended road to recovery. “He has good days and bad days,” she said, noting that he has post-traumatic stress and tires quickly.
The attack on the person who has been a quiet pillar of the Pelosi family life has taken a toll on all of them. The speaker told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a recent interview that “for me this is absolutely the hard part because Paul was not the goal, and he’s the one who’s paying the value.”
“He was not in search of Paul, he was in search of me,” she added.
His daughter said one of the crucial uncomfortable parts of the ordeal has been the glare of the general public highlight on a one that has tried to avoid it.
“He’s remained out of the limelight as much as he could,” she said. “He almost got to the top without anyone knowing who he was.”