March 18th, 2010
07:55 PM ET
13 years ago

Aides: Obama plans low-key Sunday

Washington (CNN) –Top White House aides say that even if the House passes health care reform on Sunday, President Barack Obama is not planning to a big public signing ceremony because the Senate will still have to pass the reconciliation fixes in the legislation.

Instead, White House aides say, the president is likely to deliver relatively low-key public remarks on Sunday congratulating the House if it passes the legislation that day as Obama advisers now expect.

On Sunday, Obama will also sign the portion of the legislation that deals with the original Senate bill if that plan is confirmed by the Senate parliamentarian after all of this weekend's final machinations in the House.

But since the Senate will still have to pass the reconciliation fixes, aides say the president does not want to have a major pep rally on Sunday.

Aides note the president has already made more than three dozen calls to fence-sitting House members this week alone, and they say those calls will continue to senators next week when attention shifts there.

White House aides also say the president is contemplating a larger rally-the-troops event with Democrats at the White House next week as an attention-getter. They believe that could build more momentum in the days
leading up to the final Senate vote, rather than a big ceremony this Sunday after the House vote that would be old news by the time the Senate votes.

Filed under: Health care • President Obama
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Toasty

    Dear Ed,
    After the health bill passes, which is the next issue that Pres may address?

    March 18, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. Fiddler

    Kind of like Nero playing the fiddle huh?

    March 18, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. D.

    Everyone else clean for this guy, Rham, Exelrod, and the Chicago mafia, Nancey and Harry as well. Like all president he is not interested in rating, does not watch TV and keep low key on his main agenda issues. Manipulated change we did not voted for!

    March 18, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. Steve, New York City

    I guess everyone deserves some rest, but while Obama gets a "thumbs up" on foreign policy (we have to pursue Bin Laden, and we cannot just let "traitors" like the AIPAC dictate Washington's Israeli-Palestinean policy), he gets a "thumbs-sideways" on domestic policy stuff (high-time to bring down this deficit).

    March 18, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. Keith in Austin

    Go ahead Barry, make our day Sunday! If the House passes your miserable power-grab of our Healthcare System, you'll go down as the sleaziest most despicable President in our Nation's history.

    Can you spell, REPEAL Libbies???? Tick tock tick tock. November is coming!!!

    March 18, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. ib

    He should hide in shame with what he pulling over on us.

    March 18, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Passing such a largely opposed, hugely expensive totally partisan federal government bill in the middle of a recession when the only other such expensive program has been a miserable failure and then misusing political procedures to do it is nothing to be proud of.

    This is not what people voted for in 11/08.

    March 18, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. Old Farmboy

    What was that number again... Oh, yeah. $948,000,000,000,000.00. Glad they kept it under a $1,000,000,000,000,000.00 like originally thought. So where is that money coming from? Is it coming from the savings that the administration is promising. By the way, that money saved is taken in taxes...

    March 18, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  9. Perusing-through

    A very 'wise' President Obama

    March 18, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. Kill the Bill before it kills US.


    This power grab by Obama and cohorts is a disgrace and slap in the face to all who have fought FOR freedom.

    March 18, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. wait a minute

    We are so late in catching up in health care reform or adopting a universal health care system. There is no need to celebrate. We should move on with other important issues such as our failing public education.

    March 18, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. Joseph

    This guy is more sleazy than Bill Clinton and is untrust-worthy. Over 60% of the people in this country just don't believe these guys. Fasten your seat-belt and be prepare to pay more tax from your pay check and higher premium for your health insurance policy.

    March 18, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    As a former supporter of HCR who has changed his mind, I'm delighted that Obama & Company have chosen the risky "legislation by stealth" route of "deem and pass" so that the entire bill may fall in the Supreme Court, which will literally read the Constituion to require that each house must vote (not deem) on the same bill. Bad policy, bad politics, bad legal advice, not worthy of a first term or worthy of a second.

    March 18, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |