In a dig at Washington punditry and its mindset of instant analysis, Obama joked during a speech Thursday on health care about what would happen if those same opinion makers tried farming.
The day after planting a seed, Obama said, the pundits would look at the ground and see no change.
"Nothing's happened," the president exclaimed in mock horror to pantomime the pundits' reaction. "There's no crop! We're gonna starve!"
The supporting crowd laughed and cheered as a smiling Obama clearly enjoyed the lighter side of celebrating last month's signing of health reform legislation, his biggest victory so far as president.
"It's been a week, folks," Obama said, encouraging everyone - including Washington pundits - to wait until the provisions of health care reform take effect before trying to determine if the public likes it.