By Sam Youngman - 08/21/09 02:51 PM EDT
At Friday's daily briefing at the White House, a reporter for The New York Times said that Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) was told by Obama that he was willing to be a one-term president if that meant getting healthcare reform through.
That news comes as polls show the president's embattled healthcare plan is starting to take its toll on the administration's popularity.
Gibbs said Obama does not make decisions based on politics or the prospects of being reelected.
"The way he approaches this issue, the economy, Afghanistan, Iraq, any of these issues is not in a mode of self-preservation, but in a mode of how best — how best, given all of the information out there, how best can he make decisions that he thinks are in the best interests of the American people, not what's in the best interest of his personal polling numbers," Gibbs said.