NASHVILLE — If last week was Barack Obama’s best week as president, Wednesday felt a bit like a victory lap.
In the morning, the president celebrated a final agreement with Cuba to reopen the long-shuttered U.S. embassy in Havana. A few hours later, he spoke and took questions in an elementary school cafeteria in suburban Nashville in front of a crowd of doctors, nurses and area residents who had written letters to him about health care.
The town hall meeting on health care came one week after the Supreme Court shot down a major challenge to the massive government program that would have denied health-care subsidies to millions of Americans participating in the program through a federal marketplace. News of the decision prompted hugs in the Oval Office.