In it, but not of it. TPM DC
But the senators on either side of the public option divide saw things differently.
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) told reporters Obama's presentation was only persuasive to those who have already decided to vote for the bill. "I think he was...for those who have made a decision to be supportive, I think he was persuasive," Nelson said.
"My position has not changed at all," said Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL). "I've compromised from a single payer, to a strong public option with Medicare plus five, to now a negotiated bill with an opt out. So I've made my moves."
Burris went on: "I sent word, some time ago, back to the president that if the bill comes up and they need sixty votes and there's not a public option in it, it's always been my position that I would not support a bill that does not have a public option in it."
I asked Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), a Senate veteran who's supportive of the bill whether he thought the President had moved anybody off the fence. "I think there's a lot of pressure building on those who are on the other side of...this issue," he told me. "And I think that, hopefully, they will see the ultimate value in this."