In fairness, the above photo looks like it might have been taken today – it does capture the two leaders’ reactions to the Supreme Court nicely, doesn’t it? – but it was taken yesterday. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) just happened to get caught at an unfortunate moment at a Capitol Hill event.
Still, the smile on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) is even broader today than it was yesterday.
Pelosi was attending Democratic Whip Meeting in the Capitol Visitor Center when she found out about the decision, according to a narrative obtained from her office. She returned to her office to make phone calls, and left messages for the president and vice president.
Pelosi then called Vicki Kennedy, and was described as telling Mrs. Kennedy: “Now, Teddy can rest.”
It’s become a media cliche to talk about “winners and losers” after any important political development, so I’ll continue to avoid writing (and reading) such items. I will, however, note that as satisfied as health-reform advocates are today, it’s worth singling out Nancy Pelosi, who fought harder and worked longer to get the nation to this point.