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For healthcare history's sake, Obama dons a tie and rolls down his sleeves but no jacket no matter what

March 22, 2010 |  9:22 pm

BEFORE

Tieless Democrat president barack Obama works phones for healthcare votes oval office 3-21-10

Sunday afternoon a very casual President Obama works the phones in the Oval Office, pushing and tracking his healthcare legislation through the House of Representatives.

AFTER

Democrat president Barack Obama watches TV coverage of the House healthcare vote 3-20-10 in the White House

By nightfall when the White House wanted a photo of happy staff celebrating their legislative victory in the House, the Boss dons a necktie and rolls down his sleeves for the shot they know will make front pages around the world. (But no smile or cigarette either; this was, after all, a healthcare bill.)

As to an interesting explanation of what all is in the background of this After photo, our colleagues over here at the Culture Monster have the full cultural explanation.

BTW, now that the House of Representatives voted, cast your own ballot on Obama's healthcare ideas and see how thousands of others voted by clicking over here.

--Andrew Malcolm

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Photos: Pete Souza / White House

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