US Democrats were in celebratory mood after Barack Obama signed into law his sweeping healthcare reforms.
Anticipating it as an historic moment to savour, the president used 20 pens in all, providing several souvenirs of a hard-fought victory.
While political pundits say the bill is likely to be viewed as Obama’s presidential legacy, the president himself was clear about its significance.
“This legislation will also lower costs for families, and businesses, and for the federal government reducing our deficit by over one trillion dollars in the next two decades: it is paid for, it is fiscally responsible, and it will help lift a decades long drag on our economy,” said President Obama.
But before the ink was dry on the page 14 American states immediately filed suit in federal courts to challenge the law.
The US Justice department quickly fired back that it was confident it was constitutional.
So there was little to rain on the Obama parade even when his Vice-President forgot there was an open microphone near by and used an old fashioned Anglo-Saxon expletive to describe how big a deal the legislation was.