April 28th, 2009
12:35 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama learned of Specter switch this morning

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The first President Obama heard of Arlen Specter's party switch was at 10:25 am Tuesday in the Oval Office when he was handed a note by a staffer, according to a senior administration official.

The official told CNN Obama was in the middle of his daily economic briefing and was given a note that said simply, "Specter is announcing he's switching parties."

A few minutes later after his meeting wrapped up, the official said, Obama called Specter and said, "You have my full support, and we're thrilled to have you" in the Democratic Party.

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  1. Senior-Chief E-8 retired

    Outstanding!!! Time for the repukers to go home and drink their mint-julips...........Again, OUTSTANDING bravery.

    April 28, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Bill in California

    GIVE TO CAESAR THAT WHICH IS CAESAR'S. And to you naive Dimocrats celebrating prematurely 'Beware of Greeks bearing gifts'.

    April 28, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |