Washington (CNN) - In the East Room late on Sunday night, President Obama is going to be blunt about casting the House's expected passage of his health care legislation as an achievement of historic proportions that shows he's starting to deliver on the dramatic change he promised on the campaign trail, according to Democratic officials familiar with the planned remarks.
"He's going to say we delivered - that we rose to the challenge," said one of the Democratic officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss Obama's speech before it is delivered. "It's about change, and what change looks like."
A second Democratic official said the president wants to show “we have a capacity as a country to take on big challenges. The fact that we could navigate the rocky shoals [on health care] is heartening for the future.”
The Democratic officials added the remarks will be relatively brief with Obama speaking for just a few minutes, in part because the president is not planning to have a bill-signing ceremony just yet as top Democrats carefully try and choreograph the next few days of legislative activity.
Senior White House aides have said in recent days the president wants to be relatively low-key and not be seen as having a big pep rally on Sunday night just after the House passes the original Senate health care bill, which could be signed into law by Obama as soon as he wants, in part because there's still some unfinished business.
In particular, the House is expected on Sunday night to also pass a second package of fix-its, which is intended to strengthen the original legislation that passed the Senate on Christmas Eve, and those adjustments now have to go to the Senate for approval.
Democratic officials said there are ongoing discussions between the White House and Congressional leaders about when the president will sign the two pieces of legislations, though the officials noted the first piece – the original Senate bill – is likely to be signed by Tuesday because it needs to be addressed before the Senate deals with the fix-its.