Obama first learned of court ruling from cable TV
In an official White House photo, President Obama speaks on the phone with Solicitor General Donald Verrilli after learning the Supreme Court's ruling on his health care law.
June 28th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama first learned of court ruling from cable TV

Washington (CNN) – A calm President Barack Obama received the news of the Supreme Court's health care ruling while just outside the Oval Office Thursday, senior administration officials said.

After first learning, from a TV with four split screens, that the individual mandate section of the law was struck down, the president waited on word from his staff.

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White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler entered the "outer Oval Office" to give him two thumbs up, which prompted a quizzical look from the president given what he saw reported on two cable television stations, CNN and Fox News.

Ruemmler told him the news, which she learned from reading the website SCOTUSBlog and a White House lawyer inside the high court, and enthusiasm ensued, according to the officials. She told the president the Affordable Care Act was upheld, with five justices finding it valid under Congress' taxing power.

Displaying a smile, the president hugged Ruemmler. The top White House lawyer returned to her office, by which point the news stations had corrected their reporting, and returned to the Oval Office within the hour to deliver a more complete read on the ruling to the president.

Obama's first call was to Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who argued the case for the administration, to congratulate him.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Mary

    Hey you all might want to take a step back and research how many jobs Obama has sent overseas

    June 28, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. 2012liberal

    Should hv been watching current tv. Stephine miller and jackie shindler had it right!

    June 28, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Woman In California


    Woman In California

    A calm President Barack Obama

    Just what I voted for and I am LOVING the hope and change.

    Congratulations! Democrats win. You win. I am glad to have read that you have a very good paying job. I am sure the attorneys in your office have analyzed this new Tax well and as employers have prepared for it. Unfortunately, most small businesses in the US don't make the big bucks like your law firm makes so we'll have to see what happens to the employees of small businesses.

    You are so typical of a Willard stooge. A stalker and a talker. Nothing more.

    June 28, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    Myviewis – Don't like facts, do you? There is no mechanism in place to enforce the tax. That means there is NO tax.

    June 28, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. thomas

    Does fair and balanced include reporting the news wrong? Oh, surely not – I'm sure they talked all day how they had reported the news wrong.

    June 28, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. DENNA

    I'm surprised he didn't learn about it from the howing from the GOP. They immediately responded by charging Atty. Gen. Holder with contempt of Congress. Hell, might as well check around. A lot of us have contempt for Congress right now. The GOP has done everything but the one thing they promised the American people – jobs, jobs, jobs. They have not put forth one bill to achieve this. Liars. There see, I'm in contempt again.

    June 28, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. Russ

    Mary, Obama has sent jobs overseas? Back that up with some facts other that FIX NEWS. I think it's all Romney's rich wall street friends that are trying to increase their bonuses with overseas cheap labor. Most of the employess working overseas tied to Obama are troops. And Bush sent them over there. Obama is trying to get them back.

    June 28, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. stowey

    Even Aljazeera got it right

    June 28, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. T

    Mary, while you at it, how about telling us how many jobs Romney send overseas with Bain and as Governor. I couldn’t believe hearing Romney, as Governor, used tax payer money to outsource state jobs to another country. If he wins, how many federal jobs will he send to China?

    June 28, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. kyra

    Obama/ Biden 2012

    June 28, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. Richard

    Hey Mary. Looks like he brought home a lot of jobs too. There were a lot of them coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq.

    June 28, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. yobi

    That's a President!

    June 28, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  13. Wake up people

    Still waiting on those tax forms Mittens....and why are you hiding money in offshore accounts?

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 29, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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