In a presidency filled with ceaseless wars, unfulfilled promises, and electoral disappointments, President Obama is having one of the best days he could ever hope for.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act, securing a much-needed win for Obama's embattled health care law. Across the street just a few hours later, Congress was set to pass a worker-assistance bill that the president will sign along with fast-track authority, advancing a crucial piece of his trade agenda.
"They must be popping the champagne corks at the White House this morning," mused former Clinton policy adviser and Brookings Institution senior fellow William Galston. "And why not?"
Obamacare, the chief domestic priority of the president's first term, again received the green light from the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision upholding the law's insurance subsidies nationwide.
And as the chief policy priority of his second term, Obama has pushed for fast-track authority on trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. After some initial stumbles and hurt feelings within his own party, the final pieces of the trade puzzle were poised to head to his desk Thursday afternoon. (In yet another win, albeit a less monumental one, the Supreme Court Thursday also upheld a central legal argument for the administration's efforts to fight housing discrimination.)