OBAMA/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.