By Sam Youngman - 08/19/09 04:52 PM EDT
In response to a reporter's question on the South Lawn following an event honoring NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, Obama said he is "absolutely confident that we are going to get a bill, and I hope it's bipartisan."
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs disputed that Wednesday, saying the president continued to hope for some Republican support.
With Congress out of town for its August recess, the White House's push for healthcare reform has become even more embattled.
This week, Gibbs and the administration have found themselves on the defensive after weekend statements by senior administration officials were widely construed as trial balloons for dropping the public health insurance option.
Gibbs has said repeatedly that there has been no change in administration policy and any suggestion that there has been is a result of media misreporting.
On Wednesday, however, Gibbs acknowledged that the White House has made some messaging missteps.
"I don't think anybody here believes we've pitched a no-hit game, or a perfect game," Gibbs said.