March 22nd, 2010
08:11 PM ET
7 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. iamus

    And to the republicans and for what they stand for, know that we are one nation, under god, un-devided! You know liberty and justice. The world is watching you guys disrespect our president. Shame on you!

    March 22, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  2. The Unsub

    Obama has my vote forever! I will never vote for a republican after what I see now in Boener and the gang. They have become obsolete. And the women...Bachman, Pailin, Maulkin,....etc. are witches.

    March 22, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  3. Larry Caplinger

    As I wish that this legislation was for the people, I cannot! The people said no and this President and his crew didn't listen. In fact not just not listen, they ignored us. Unfortunately they failed to realize that federal orders to mandate buying a product is unlawful and therefore unconstitutional in it's simplist form. The government works for us and must understand its position with respect to the people. This President talks about Mr Bush doing whatever he wanted, but yet how is Mr Obama any different? NO doubt he and his crew have some excuse, but no matter how astute, it holds no water...period. He just jammed a bill down Americas throat and said pay for it! The discussion held on this subject was not accomplished in a democratic way, but was done in a dishonorable fashion. This shows the character of those who think they know best for us...Democrats. This pathetic display of kindergarten antics tears at the fabric of our Constitution and democratic process! I would call on all Americans to witness this shameful act against us and vote against these obviously "self-annointed guardians" ! We the people need to correct this injustice and vote them out and show them who really runs our government, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. Such childish behavior coming from elected? officials. This is almost embarrassing and mocks what we stand for...freedom! We will see who has the last word in November.

    March 22, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  4. Thom

    I'm happy that is more happy about the nObamaCare bill passing than he was when he was elected. He can look back on this day when he is voted out of office in 2012.

    March 22, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. terry,va.

    He fooled enough people to go on a mission to ruin this country. He isn't for this country and the principles it was founded on and never has been. This traitor should be jailed!!!

    March 22, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  6. Ron

    American voters will be more excited when he and his party are voted out then when they were voted in garbage in garbage out.

    March 22, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  7. BJ

    If there is one thing for sure every biggot in America has been energized. The GOP did not want Health Care to pass because they wanted the Black President to fail. Those of us that are not in your polls understand that. These people are ignorant and don't even have enough sense to know that if they have Medicare or Social Security it is Govt run. While the GOP pushes big business and profits, these nuckle heads go out in the street and spewn hate. The GOP knows this and they are hoping to incite something negative. The GOP is negative. To think of the horrible things they have called people over the weekend. They do it as cowards. 50 years ago it was the midnight riders burning crosses and lyncing innocent people. Now they can hide behind Fox News, Beck, the Birthers, and Teabaggers......Thank God for Rachel, Keith, Ed, Tim and Chris – at least they shed some real light on their evil deeds.

    March 22, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  8. a canuck

    Congratulations, Mr. President for a job well done.

    March 22, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. Myron Moore

    wonder how he is going to feel about 3 years from now??

    March 22, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  10. Jay are nothing but a sorry human being!!!!

    March 22, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  11. munchmom

    Well, goody, goody-both have been disasters for America! Hope he is happy that he has single-handedly turned America into a socialist state.

    March 22, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  12. Anita in Arizona

    Because it feels good to deliver on a promise. You know when your child asked for that special toy thinking they'll never get it. Then the look on their face when they open that present. Priceless. I feel ya Obama. I feel ya.

    March 22, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  13. joel

    Good job Pres. Obama, you are in charge now!

    March 22, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  14. Tim

    I don't really care that Obama is exicted. He's a joke, as well as all of his followers.

    I hope he gags on his sniveling snots.

    March 22, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  15. SoDS

    Obama is worthless, all he is doing is ruining America.

    March 22, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  16. valwayne

    Only a radical arrogant Elite inent on imposing his will on the American people could be excited about the passage of the massively corrupt and costly healthcare bill. How does one get excited about making the Louisiana Purchase, the Cornhusker Kickback, the Florida Gatoraide, and the $60 billion union payoff the law of the land? How does one justify the hundreds of billions of dollars that will have to be borrowed to pay off the corrupt vote buying deals. What was Rep Stupak promised to get a pro-life catholic to vote for a bill that will open the floodgates to taxpayer funded abortions?

    March 22, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  17. Dr. John McMillen

    Christians. Gotta love them (and I'm one). Give money to the wealthy, condem those for any sin (while ignoring our own). And now this. Use any tactic necessary to keep poor people from having health care. Sounds just like God's plan to me.

    What a sad lot we are. May God forgive us.


    March 22, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  18. carlos

    and what do the subhuman CONServatives felt?.....more hatred for the middle class......let us show them in november HOW WE REALLY FEEL

    March 22, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  19. Aaron

    The president should be proud. I'm no Pelosi fan, but she really pulled it off. What they went through to get the bill passed bore some similiarities to getting civil rights legislation to end segregation passed. Racial slurs, spitting, and vandalism emerged so blatantly that all Repubs can be proud of the amount of hatred they managed to stir up.

    March 22, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  20. Mike

    nobama enjoy it while you can, in November we will give you a Republican congress.

    March 22, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  21. conniesz

    This is why Barack Obama ran for office and to have accomplished it with just over a year as President – well, that is amazing. I am so proud that my President and a whole lot of Democratic Representatives put the good of the people above politics. We really need this health care legislation – we've finally made the first move to providing the kind of care other western democracies provide to their citizens. THANK YOU ALL!!!

    March 22, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  22. Fed Up

    Wow! He was excited. How great! Let's see how happy he will be in November when his good buddies take their lickings for backing him. With any luck, Nancy will be on the unemployment line.

    March 23, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  23. Jim

    I voted for Obama, even tho I am a registered republican, and I am
    totally and absolutely embarrassed by his driving the process as he did
    on this health care legislation. He behaves as the chief democrat, rather
    than the President of the worlds greatest country. He either
    doesn't know how to lead the political leaders, or he lacks the leadership
    ability to do so. He is the country's leader, not the democrats, or
    republicans, but the countrys, and hence the worlds, and we should all
    fear the future because of his surprising lack of leaderships skills. I am
    embarrassed by this for the country, and his ineptness at leading the USA
    and the rest of the world, God help us.

    March 23, 2010 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  24. hong

    OBAma is the man!

    March 23, 2010 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  25. Michael from Ventura

    This President, who is often called arrogant and aloof, cares more about the well-being of the American people than he does the polls. This is the CHANGE we have been waiting for- and to all the name-callers and haters-He IS and WILL BE PRESIDENT until 2016.Get over it.

    March 23, 2010 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
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