March 21st, 2010
10:21 PM ET
4 years ago

President to tout Democrats delivering on historic change

President Obama wants to show 'we have a capacity as a country to take on big challenges,' a Democratic official told CNN about the president's Sunday evening address.
President Obama wants to show 'we have a capacity as a country to take on big challenges,' a Democratic official told CNN about the president's Sunday evening address.

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.


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  1. Aaron

    Not much to celebrate here. The Dems gave into the Repubs and their mutual insurance company sponsors/benefactors to produce a watered down bill that helps few who need it. And, at the same time, they fell into a Repub trap to use their pro-health care reform votes to alienate the trailer park crowd come Nov.

    March 21, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. diridi

    please sign the legislation...you be "Mahatma Gandhi" of America, we need this health care reform...thanks, and we love you, pres. obama...

    March 21, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  3. Screwed

    He did say he was going to give it to us.

    March 21, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. gare

    Sad very sad. This bill and this vote is pathetic. We are watching Democrats bankrupt our nation. Our country is in big trouble.

    March 21, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  5. mom

    Yes we can!!!

    March 21, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  6. Denna

    Thank you Mr. President. Health care has passed and no fetus' were harmed. Now maybe the rest of us who are people and not fetus's will be allowed medical care. I am a pro-life liberal who believes that we all need a chance.

    A message to Rep. Lipinski: I voted for your father numerous times during his career, and I've voted for you. But if I find out that you were one of the nays, I will NEVER, EVER cast another vote for you. Ever!

    March 21, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  7. TCM

    Rocky shoals? Well, the ship's going to run aground in November, as all of you dems who voted for this economy killing measure have just commited poliitical suicide; all for Obama's career, for which he's killing it himself....it's so similar to Jim Jones and his cult of kool aid drinkers. Of course, so many Obama supporters are too young to remember the carnage caused by Jones, or the ones who remember are simply stupid....if you think economic conditions are bad now....just wait until this goes further, and we're covering all the illegals.....good job libs, you've put the country on the fast track for destruction.

    March 21, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  8. aliou jacksonville, FL

    Yes you did. Yes we did. Thank you Mr. President. Thank you Mrs. Pelosi.

    March 21, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. Kat

    Rub it in now you fool. 1 and done.

    March 21, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. Jon

    Well since 1/2 of the voting officials are over 67 years old, I'll bet they can't wait for their q5 year mandatory "life or death" counseling in this dumb bill. Reap what you sew!

    March 21, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  11. CEE

    If the Insurance Companies treated people with more respect and dignity, reform would not be needed. Their greed will be answered.

    March 21, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  12. McKinley Harris

    The republicans are whining and unprofessional and need to just stop as a party. They have no ideas and they lost the civil war. The delegates that are going to get hit in the poles are the republicans who stuck with the insurance companies. What a bunch of liars.

    March 21, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  13. We the People....

    That needs to be REPHRASED....

    "How Obama Bullied the Demoncrats to Vote for His Plan"

    "Representatives Abandon the Folks They Were Elected to REPRESENT!"

    March 21, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  14. BeverlyNC

    Congratulations President Obama! You have once again delivered for the People. We have long been ignored by Republicans who only care about themselves, their elitist white buddies, and the insurance companies who bought their votes.

    This is a GREAT VICTORY for the People. We will now keep moving forward until one day there will be no insurance companies standing between us and our doctors.

    Democrats have delivered for you and I and we should stand up for them with our votes in November. They care about us. Republicans are traitors to America and we should use our NO votes to rid these liars and hypocrites from working against us anymore.

    March 21, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  15. Jon

    Let's impeach OBAMA NOW!

    March 22, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  16. Mike in MN

    Historic to be sure. And a 100% partisan bill that required God knows what kind of pressure and perhaps yet to be known deals and bribes to get enough Democrat votes to pass it. Reluctant votes that pushed a bill over the finish line that a majority of Americans do not want. And historic in the sense that it marks one more major piece of legislation Obama has pushed through Congress that a majority of voters are opposed to including the stimulus, his first budget and the auto bailouts. Add to that the cap and trade bill that barely passed the House. Despite a Democrat super majority, these bills have passed on only slim partisan only vote margins. Each one with more resistance within the Democrat party than the last. And with each bill the voters grow more angry and frustrated. Only a shallow man of great ego would see any measure of victory in this. A majority of American voters certainly do not.

    March 22, 2010 01:54 am at 1:54 am |