Election Night was nothing compared to the night Obamacare was passed, according to President Barack Obama's Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Speaking to a crowd Wednesday at the Center for American Progress, Jarrett said she planned to originally spend her evening watching the final House vote count from the comforts of her couch.
"I was in my pajamas, turning on the television and I got a phone call from the president's assistant and she said, 'the president would like everybody who worked on this to come back to the White House, so we could watch the vote together,'" Jarrett recalled. "So I thought, well, I'm kind of comfortable in my pajamas and I thought, well, he is the president, so I got dressed and went back to the office and we watched the vote."
Cut to the Affordable Care Act's passage in the House and the White House contingent – made up of everyone from the vice president to low-level staffers who had worked on the bill – headed upstairs to celebrate on the Truman Balcony.
"It was a warm evening and it felt pretty much like Election Night felt in 2008, unseasonably warm," Jarrett said, recalling the night of Oct. 8, 2009 . "And at the end of the evening, and I should say wee hours in the morning, at about 2 a.m., I said to the president, 'how does this night compare to election night?' And he said, with this kind of confused frown, 'there's no comparison – election night was simply the means to get us to this night.'"