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March 21, 2010

Health Care. (Exhale.)

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How did Souza, the President’s visual go-to guy, mark the historic moment and D.C. “game changer” tonight? By bookending FDR (Social Security) with Obama (health care), while also placing the President equidistant between Franklin and TR. …Bully!

As for the President himself? (The only guy in shirt sleeves.) On Obama’s face, there’s an expression you don’t see often. It’s satisfaction — though mixed, in that taut chin and the mouth pulled up at the corners, with a look of: “…and you doubted me.”

Finally, the sweetest thing. While the staffers and Biden are mostly oriented to the TV, a beaming Gibbs can only admire the Prez.

(photo: Pete Souza/White House. caption: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff, react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill, March 21, 2010.)

  • DennisQ

    Let the Republican finger-pointing begin. I’d start with the party’s over-rated leadership. Is Mitch McConnell really as politically savvy as his supporters insist?
    John Boehner is a good looking man but he doesn’t seem to have any finesse. His speech to the House was a real dud, especially given the importance of the situation. Perhaps he couldn’t have changed any votes at that late stage, but it bothered me to hear him slur his words. Was Boehner drunk? This isn’t the first time he’s sounded like that.
    One Republican after another weighed in for freedom, dignity, and American values. But today’s GOP is not the party of Edmund Burke; it’s the party of expensive wars and invasion of privacy. Do they think we’ll forget George Bush after only a year?

  • mad_nVT

    Exactly right about Gibbs admiring and appreciating the President. And what has been accomplished.
    As for Obama, there is more to his face than satisfaction and self-confidence. Relief. Maybe exhaustion. And awareness that there is so much more work to be done. Long road.
    Big step, and yet many more to go, though not all will be as big.
    Congratulations to Team Obama.

  • DCNorhwest

    And what’s going on behind Biden? Is someone bowing in a prayer of gratitude? or already beginning the process of picking up the pieces?
    Glad the Bag acknowledged FDR and Theodore… and Souza…

  • Oskie

    It’s the President’s jacket draped over the back of his chair.

  • Megan

    Where’s Speaker Pelosi? Why are women a tiny fraction of the screen? Nice to see a kid in the right (think that’s a kid), suggesting a brighter future.

  • jmac

    Speaker Pelosi was on the floor getting the job done. She’s equal in stature to Obama (the good guy in the white shirt).
    Yeah Democrats. Yeah America.

  • elfpix

    Muted relief, if you ask me. And Valerie Jarrett is also there behind Obama’s arm, over by Gibbs, looking at her long time friend, Barack Obama.

  • Gasho

    A view from the halls of power. The leather armchairs, shinny table, presidential artworks are the setting while Obama is front and center. When the thought of “power” came up for me (in the sense that this might be Obama’s defining power moment for his first 2 years in office) – I thought about what Bush’s power moment might be and came up with this.”>>this.
    Compare and contrast.

  • Gasho

    oops. Michael, how do I fix this?

  • DennisQ

    Gasho, this is what you want.

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