Obama’s `Dewey Defeats Truman’

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Barack Obama

CNN and Fox News got it wrong.

And a “quizzical” President Barack Obama got it from them.

Among the first broadcast words on the Supreme Court’s health-care ruling, that is.

When the cable news networks first reported that the court had struck down the mandate for insurance in Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, one of the viewers hearing that news was the president himself.

Obama was standing in what is known as the “outer oval,” a small room outside the Oval Office in the West Wing. He was viewing four cable news stations on a single split screen, according to administration officials.

When the president saw erroneous reports that his signature legislative achievement had been overruled, he had a “quizzical” look on his face, yet remained calm, one official said

Two minutes later, White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler walked into the outer oval, gave the president two thumbs up and told him the law was upheld. White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew also was there.

Obama smiled and hugged Ruemmler — trusting her over the news reports.

The media gaffes gave rise to a “Twitpic:”

The famous photograph of a smiling President Harry Truman holding the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune reading “Dewey Defeats Truman’‘ is Photoshopped: Obama’s head for Truman’s, CNN’s “Mandate Struck Down” on an iPad.



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