Gaspard later added he let his “excitement get the better of me.”
I let my scotus excitement get the better of me. In all seriousness, this is an important moment in improving the lives of all Americans.— Patrick Gaspard @patrickgaspard June 28, 2012
A few other Democratic National Committee staff members could not contain their excitement that the Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act constitutional.
Greg Greene, the DNC new media outreach director, offered “sad trombone” sounds to the Republicans: “Anyone have a trombone? The folks at @GOP need someone to lend them one.”
According to conservative Michelle Malkin’s site Twitchy, which took a screenshot, Greene deleted another tweet that suggested a high level of boisterousness in the office: “Overheard in the office: "TAKE THAT MOTHER******S!!"
The NRCC also responded to Greene’s tweet, which no longer exists.
America: this DNC Senior Staffer celebrates while you get taxed: Overheard in the office: "TAKE THAT MOTHER******S!!" - @ggreeneva— NRCC (@NRCC) June 28, 2012
Steve Walker, the deputy national political director, also suggested a high level of celebration in the office, tweeting that he high-fived DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.).
Just got a high five from @DWStweets.— Steve Walker @stevelwalker June 28, 2012
The DNC confirmed that the unverified accounts do belong to employees. The official DNC accounts belonging to Communications Director Brad Woodhouse and National Press Secretary Melanie Roussell stayed silent until the president delivered a statement shortly after noon.
Later in the afternoon, Republicans popularized the hashtag #ObamaCareInThreeWords, very likely a response to Gaspard's tweet.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus then called on Wasserman Schultz to condemn Gaspard's comment.
--Last updated at 4:13 p.m.