Most congressional leaders missed the verbal and visual cues while standing in the oval office during the historic signing of the health care bill, but President Obama admitted that he was "hard" while talking about the process of significant change.
Standing behind a speaking podium and shielded from view, Obama began talking about change, but mid speech briefly glanced down towards the horizontal flag pole pushing his Brooks Brothers wool blend slacks outward before finishing his historic line; "Change is", Obama quickly admired his staff, "well, it's hard".
Only Vice President Biden caught the quip, seeing Obama's stiffy for himself, but remained smiling, fighting off laughter for the rest of the morning's press conference. Towards the end, Obama was reluctant to leave the shielding of his desk to glad hand his supporters, waiting for them all to leave with their ceremonial pens. Obama remained at the Resolute desk after the signing while pleading for his administrative assistant to find his wife immediately.
Biden was the last to leave, commenting, "Well, you can't keep a good man down. Too bad that wench with the blue dress doesn't still work here".
Insiders at the White House tell reporters that Michelle had already left the West Wing for the day, leaving Obama to fend for himself. His assistant was seen delivering a box of tissues, camphor free hand lotion and the latest edition of Badonkadonk magazine moments later.
The presidential flag was indeed reported to be at half-mast by noon.