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.)

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