Obama loves nurses, but his wife the lawyer understands
It is hard to imagine a friendlier audience for Barack Obama’s healthcare plan than the roomful of nurses the president rallied on Thursday morning to go out and spread the reform message he delivered to Congress the night before.
“We love you, we love you,” several audience members shouted during tumultuous applause as Obama walked into a briefing room.
The feeling, it seemed, was mutual, as the president greeted the group with, “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I just love nurses.”
But, “Michelle knows about it,” Obama said, referring to his wife the lawyer.
The crowd of about 150 nurses from across the country erupted in cheers and laughter as he kept up the drumbeat for his reform plan.
Obama praised nurses as “the bedrock of our medical profession” and recounted their help during the births of his children, his daughter Sasha’s bout with meningitis and the illnesses of his mother and grandmother.
“I will forever be in debt to the women and men of your profession,” he said.
He said he would reiterate aspects of his plan, “Just in case folks weren’t tuned in last night, if they were watching, ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ a show Michelle likes.”
Photo credits: Reuters/Fed Prouser (“So You Think You Can Dance” contestants Ade Obayomi and Melissa Sandvig perform)
Reuters/Jim Young (Obama hugs Nate Guyton as Linda Grual applauds after the president’s remarks to nurses)