March 22nd, 2010
08:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Aide: Obama more excited by bill passing than being elected

The president was joined by Vice President Biden and senior staff in the White House Sunday night as the health care reform bill passed in the House.
The president was joined by Vice President Biden and senior staff in the White House Sunday night as the health care reform bill passed in the House.

Washington (CNN) – The significance of Sunday night’s historic health care reform vote in the House was not lost on President Obama, according to one of his senior aides.

“I haven’t seen the president so happy about anything – other than his family – as long as I’ve known him and worked with him,” White House senior adviser David Axelrod said Monday on CNN’s The Situation Room. “Even Election Night, he was not as excited as he was last night.”

Asked again by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about the president’s reaction, Axelrod reiterated the unprecedented nature of the moment for the president.

“I am here to bear witness, Wolf,” Axelrod said. “That is absolutely the case. He was excited that night [on Election Night] but not the way he was last night. Last night, he had the feeling of satisfaction that we had actually helped so many people across this country and given the American people more security and more peace of mind, and that this is something that will benefit generations to come.”

On Tuesday, Obama is set to sign the 2000+ page Senate bill passed by the House, making that piece of legislation the law of the land and setting in motion an overhaul of the nation’s health care system.

Also on Tuesday, the Senate will take up a second bill of tweaks to the larger bill. The two bills taken together constitute the Democrats’ plans for health care reform. Senate Republicans have vowed to try to interpose a number of procedural obstacles in an attempt to frustrate passage of the second bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said late last week that he has the 51 votes necessary to pass the second bill through a special budgetary procedure designed to avoid a Republican filibuster.

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soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Fitz in Texas

    "Obama more excited by bill passing than being elected"

    That pretty much sums it up. Obama is 'excited' he's destroying our future, our children's furture, and their children's future.

    March 22, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. Indy

    This pretty much sums up Obama, he is a man that cares about his country and is all about the people. He knows that this could possibly cost him greatly but since he is doing this for the people and does not care about popularity, it really tells us he is a great President. There is no question health care reform was done for the average American and not one Republican stepped up to the plate for the people.Republicans are great for wars and no bid contracts for their freinds, but it takes a very big pair to do what Obama did and he is a great man for getting this done and in twenty years most will finally realize that.

    March 22, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. usualone

    From President Obama's mother's personal experience, it is completely understandable why he is so delighted with the passage of the bill. The Republicans continue to stir up the waters with their threats about repealing the bill. I am not certain but it looks like the Attorney General's who want to sue are practically all, if not all, Republicans. They continue to represent their party and not the people. They keep on saying the people don't want this health care reform. So many of us were never polled and we do want to improve health care availablity for all. I hope the public will back the President and realize that this is best for all Americans. We do not have to be afraid.

    March 22, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Right Leaning Independent

    Sure he is! This is one more step toward controlling every aspect of Americans lives! The government has been taking control slowly over the years and with this vote, they leaped forward to their goal of a welfare state where the government controls peoples lives! No sense in allowing folks to be responsible for their own actions!

    March 22, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. southern cousin

    Of course he is, the election through deceit that he enjoyed, allows him to actually steal more money. Naturally, being Hussein Obama, it was done through moe lies, deceit and corruption. He is taking care of his constituency that can't get a job and pay taxes because the can't pass a drug test and are products of a worthless educational system run by his buddies in the NEA.

    March 22, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. Jake

    Castro / Stalin / Marx / Hitler / Obama

    March 22, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. lila

    I'm happy too! I did not know how happy I would be with the bill passing until it did. I think I've been afraid of it failing for so long my hope started to dim. Today i was no less than 5 people wearing Obama teeshirts. It's been a long time.. people had started to lose faith that real change could happen. Maybe Obama too...
    Today is a good good day.

    March 22, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. Jon

    I'm glad he's excited since he's going the way of his buddies in ACORN. One term loser, another Carter.

    March 22, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. Andy

    Obama – dictator of Amerika . the power driven egotistical dictator

    March 22, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  10. Donna

    Thank you, President Obama!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. cayce

    A disgrace to American politics.70 % do not want the bill,what does O GREAT ONE do,make a name for himself.A real piece of trash.

    March 22, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. malia

    We shall see just how happy he'll be in November when his party of DemocRATS go up in flames....

    March 22, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are funding the hate, fears and lies throughout this country just as in past history. Don't let these people take us back, it's in the interest of our national security to stick together as one.

    March 22, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. dan smith

    Wait till all the crack,meth heads find out they have to spend their welfare money on insurance instead of drugs, then we'll see Obama's approval rating drop like a lead balloon. Won't be much smiling from the Democrats after that happens

    March 22, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. Charlie in Maine

    “Even Election Night, he was not as excited as he was last night.”

    That is because on election night he got the opportunity to make life better for average Americans....... and last night....... he did.

    March 22, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. Mark

    The president did not "Give" anyone anything that he did not first "Take" from the rest of us. We are as a country, far worse off now, and with far less hope than ever before. America had it's Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 ... all at he hands of foreigners who wanted to bring America down. Now there's another date that will live in infamy 03/21/2010 .... the day we were betrayed by fellow Americans ... terrorists in Democrats clothing.

    March 22, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said late last week that he has the 51 votes necessary to pass the second bill through a special budgetary procedure designed to avoid a Republican filibuster.
    ________________________________________________________
    Obama is maybe the only person in America who will not see a lower quality of health care once this bill passes. ( That is, until 1/20/13.)

    March 22, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. mishagothe

    I assume Mr. Obama's excitement is related to his plans to go to work for the Pharmaceutical and Insurance companies in 2013 when he becomes unemployed from his current job.

    March 22, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. Edward Fultz

    The federal goverment should be the referee in the game of life,not the main player. A few simple rules are all that is needed to keep things fair for all. Our political goal should be to have as little goverment as possible . This is what we had for the first 100 years and we did very well.

    March 22, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. Old White Virginia Female

    I pray that Harry Reid has the fortitude of Speaker Pelosi. Stand strong, Harry. Our Speaker of the House has showed you how it is done. Follow her lead and get this thing done!

    March 22, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  21. Independent

    Thank you Mr. President well done!

    March 22, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. liz

    This shows this president's priorities are with the American people. he will go down in history as one of our greatest presidents. the mindless haters who trash everything he does aren't fit to shine his shoes.

    March 22, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  23. Scott, Tucson

    Yep...enjoy the moment for he's a one term President like Jimmy Carter was.

    March 22, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  24. liberal wingnut

    Thanks for bringing America down with you!

    March 22, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. Capt. Snarky

    Of course he is, Pelosi has delivered the golden calf that all Progressives covet – More Governmental Control. Never mind the voice of the People.

    Kind of funny that the majority of the people are outruled by a minority in our government...........

    March 22, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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