Obama Is Riding High
The president's got his groove back
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2010 3:00 PM CDT
President Barack Obama speaks before signing the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria Tuesday, March 30, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – When Barack Obama signed a sweeping overhaul of the federal student loan program today along with the finalized health care bill, the mood was decidedly celebratory. As Obama touted his “two major victories in one week,” supporters chanted “fired up!” and “Yes we can!” with nary a protester in sight. This was Obama enjoying his "moment of triumph," writes Anne Kornblut of the Washington Post.

The conventional wisdom is that the health care vote has "changed the course" of Obama’s presidency. It's too early to tell whether that's true, but he's certainly got momentum. The bill signing came just after the president’s trip to Kabul and an appearance on Today. Over the weekend, he made a slew of recess appointments. He'll soon visit swing states Maine and North Carolina to talk about energy and jobs. And at today’s event, Jill Biden announced the latest ambitious goal: making the US the nation with the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.