PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH

Obama Rallies House Democrats

In what will likely turn out to be his final speech to House Democrats on health-care reform, Barack Obama traveled to Capitol Hill today and forcefully exhorted his party to "make good on this promise." The president quoted Abraham Lincoln, couched reform in the context of an effort spanning nearly a century, and implored the legislators to vote their hearts. "This is one of those times where you can honestly say to yourself, ‘Doggone it, this is exactly why I came here. This is why I got into politics. This is why I got into public service. This is why I made these sacrifices,'" said Obama. "It is in your hands. It is time to pass health-care reform for America, and I am confident that you are going to do it tomorrow.”