On Tuesday, former President Barack Obama made a sudden return to Washington D.C., as he visited the White House for the first time since he left office in 2017.
During his appearance, Obama talked up the benefits of his signature healthcare act in order to support his former Vice President, Joe Biden.
Arriving to the East Wing to loud cheers from the crowd, Obama remarked upon the changes that had occurred since he left, including the presence of a cat.
Joking that his dogs, Bo and Sunny, would not be pleased by the cat’s presence, Obama referred to Biden as his “Vice President” as an ostensible joke before correcting himself. Biden saluted Obama in response, who proceeded to lavish praise upon the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Glowingly referring to the ACA as a “high point” while he was president, Obama emphasized how he spread coverage to millions of Americans.
“If you can get millions of people health coverage and better protection, [that] is, to quote a famous American, a pretty … big deal,” Obama remarked.
Obama was hosted by Biden for lunch, with the former vice president joking that neither him nor Obama knew which chair to sit in.
“The Affordable Care Act has been called a lot of things but Obamacare is the most fitting,” Biden declared.
While Obama remains a highly popular former president, Joe Biden has continued to suffer from ailing ratings as the result of several domestic and international crises, as well as several controversial policies.
According to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Obama and Biden are “real friends, not Washington friends.”
“I’m sure they will talk about events in the world as well as their families and personal lives,” Psaki proclaimed.
On his part, after concluding his speech, Biden declared, “Barack, I’m going to remind you: it’s a hot mic.”