Skip to main content

This is just....artful:

Picture the President standing somberly in the Oval Office, watching the television monitors tensely as the fate of his Presidency hangs upon a slender thread. He has been given no warning, no whisper, no omen. There is no "back channel" to the dusty, quiet halls of the Supreme Court. Imagine the depths of his dismay when--

He stood in front of a bank of muted televisions when banners flashed on two cable networks showing that the law’s central tenet -- the mandate requiring all Americans to buy health insurance -- had been struck down, according to White House aides who briefed reporters today.
Two cable networks....misinformed the leader of our great country.
For about 40 seconds, the president believed that his landmark, legacy-defining legislative accomplishment, had been gutted.
Imagine the emotions welling up inside, the stark moment of bleak despair when the crushing blow came. He turns and sees his trusted White House counsel, Kathryn Reummler, suddenly appearing at his shoulder.  She speaks in a low, plaintive voice, almost a whisper:

"But they're wrong, boss."

While others, including NBC News and MSNBC, reported the correct information, the White House also did have a government lawyer at the high court relaying information to Ruemmler.
And they were wrong.  As the realization dawned upon him, his visage brightened, his countenance changed, now charged with a grim determination.
Obama’s first call, according to White House aides, was to his Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to congratulate him. Verrilli, who argued the case before a sometimes contentious row of justices, had been mocked by some in the legal community for his handling of the case.

The president made it clear he was not among the doubters. He told Verrilli he always thought he had done an excellent job. Ruemmler got a hug.

And as he parted with them to prepare his address to the Nation, he looked back at his advisors and said:

"Next time, we'll be watching MSNBC."  

You can donate to President Obama's re-election campaign here.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

skybluewater, grytpype, Sharoney, buffalo soldier, Sylv, KeithH, TXdem, Joe Willy, hester, askew, artr2, madmsf, Bob Love, bosdcla14, Emerson, karlpk, Shockwave, byteb, Sherri in TX, LynChi, donna in evanston, Wintermute, ChicDemago, rubyr, TX Unmuzzled, Sandy on Signal, grover, hnichols, Creosote, JLFinch, Paulie200, Morgana, opinionated, Delilah, missLotus, Babsnc, susans, Silverleaf, parker parrot, whenwego, Alden, teresahill, ellefarr, DaveP, boadicea, themank, taonow, pollbuster, librarianman, fumie, kitebro, griz4u, Cedwyn, CocoaLove, hopeful, revsue, Quege, Lilyvt, Texknight, SneakySnu, tomephil, ksuwildkat, menodoc, dejavu, NYC Sophia, pat bunny, virginislandsguy, roseeriter, BMarshall, NYFM, dwahzon, defluxion10, harrije, Timbuk3, bwintx, JayBat, zerelda, mungley, randallt, KayCeSF, tomjones, NapaJulie, vacantlook, Josiah Bartlett, Sybil Liberty, sebastianguy99, murrayewv, sawgrass727, Gowrie Gal, Julie Gulden, p a roberson, ExStr8, Tinfoil Hat, Ckntfld, ichibon, UncleCharlie, LarisaW, JanetT in MD, subtropolis, sangemon, Tonedevil, chimene, PBen, JohnB47, ZappoDave, citizenx, basquebob, dewtx, ChemBob, Tod, EJP in Maine, reflectionsv37, boofdah, bleeding blue, dansk47, SaraBeth, Pam from Calif, Dem Beans, Fury, Gordon20024, Little Lulu, BayAreaKen, blue jersey mom, markdd, jane123, kaliope, Savvy813, Blu Gal in DE, Shotput8, kerplunk, Joes Steven, Shaking the Tree, Beezzley, AngieV, peacestpete, Ekaterin, kathny, xaxnar, alrdouglas, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, Clytemnestra, edwardssl, Themistoclea, hungrycoyote, Gorette, seefleur, koNko, KenBee, zesty grapher, fou, Gottlieb, Lefty Coaster, SherriG, wild hair, StrayCat, philipmerrill, real world chick, JVolvo, Zwoof, ZombyWoof, tommyfocus2003, ER Doc, doinaheckuvanutjob, SingerInTheChoir, weidheimer, CA Nana, doingbusinessas, suspiciousmind, Dreaming of Better Days, nannyboz, Statusquomustgo, Brunette, Bernie68, bstotts, AllanTBG, markthshark, jobird, AntKat, Thinking Fella, gtaylor, One Pissed Off Liberal, Sapere aude, Cronesense, Loudoun County Dem, tgypsy, camlbacker, FWIW, Debs2, SemDem, gloriana, Stwriley, Jeffrey Kohan, edsbrooklyn, Matt Z, terabytes, rkelley25, Uwaine, rantsposition, jayden, Singing Lizard, jhop7, OIL GUY, Rumarhazzit, uciguy30, GeorgeXVIII, madgranny, sable, TomP, Empower Ink, rmonroe, mconvente, Roger Fox, TX Freethinker, ScottyUrb, Foundmyvoice, Involuntary Exile, CDH in Brooklyn, lineatus, Its any one guess, jamess, Therapy, mikeconwell, beltane, Lujane, pamelabrown, hwmnbn, dewley notid, Jake Williams, pickandshovel, TokenLiberal, Missys Brother, Jeff Y, alnep, mofembot, Gemina13, jalenth, luckylizard, My Spin, emidesu, Executive Odor, Nica24, Diogenes2008, MrsTarquinBiscuitbarrel, maggiejean, Bule Betawi, bluemoonfever, WhizKid331, MufsMom, Fogiv, Dirtandiron, litoralis, LinSea, bobatkinson, Methinks They Lie, Heianshoka, BlueInRedCincy, CamillesDad1, ThatPoshGirl, MKSinSA, oxfdblue, mksutherland, badger1968, lastman, COwoman, Shelley99, sfarkash, jimmylutherking, Little Flower, Laffy, nancat357, astral66, Livvy5, collardgreens, tash123, Railfan, Its the Supreme Court Stupid, commonmass, smileycreek, confitesprit, Broke And Unemployed, awcomeon, Laurilei, roadbear, Captain Marty, NJpeach, eXtina, Susan Grigsby, michelewln, Orlaine, Crabby Abbey, LeftyAce, Lost and Found, freeport beach PA, 2questions, ATFILLINOIS, JoanMar, Puddytat, addisnana, shel3364, rja, Betty Pinson, elengul, MsGrin, ericlewis0, Otteray Scribe, Floande, cocinero, science nerd, wwjjd, txcatlin, fiercefilms, Actbriniel, Onomastic, MidwestTreeHugger, Hill Jill, agrenadier, mama jo, spooks51, Bob Duck, ban nock, slowbutsure, jardin32, m00finsan, Olympia, Mistral Wind, OhioNatureMom, sallym, deeproots, skip945, it really is that important, marleycat, zukesgirl64, sethtriggs, Cinnamon Rollover, badscience, thomask, looking and listening, BarackStarObama, smoothnmellow, SueM1121, floridablue, wintergreen8694, antooo, sound of progress, poliwrangler, disconnect the dots, Hayate Yagami, jolux, stlsophos, joanbrooker, jham710, Mentatmark, CoyoteMarti, DEMonrat ankle biter, Davui, ArtemisBSG, Christian Democrat, boredwitnuts, left over flower child, YaNevaNo, absdoggy, Only Needs a Beat, hulibow, daysey, Liberal Granny, JTinDC, RhodaA, OldDragon, anodnhajo, Citizenpower, IndieGuy, James Renruojos, foucaultspendulum, SilverWillow, S F Hippie, Deep Texan, Trotskyrepublican, congenitalefty, Horace Boothroyd III, mapamp, Halandri, Spirit Dancer, jts327, Arahahex, BusyinCA, Olkate, MartyM, pittie70, doroma, Buckeye54, Vote4Obamain2012, avsp, Kinak, CitizenScientist, dotdash2u, Melanie in IA, dcs4085, Robynhood too, Portlaw, ehstronghold, Blue Dream, nomandates, Panacea Paola, Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof, kickthecan, JayRaye, glorificus, The Swimmer, spgilbert, weck, patchmo13, Noctem Aeternus, paccoli, howabout, LaraJones, Icicle68, bob152, Smoh, Rooe, tngirl, Juzzain, MBishop1

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site