The White House tried to get primetime air for President Obama to celebrate Obamacare enrollment figures, only to be denied by several television networks.
White House officials wanted to announce that Obamacare had met its minimum threshold of success with a victory lap akin to Obama’s late-night announcement in 2011 when U.S. Special Forces killed 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, BuzzFeed reports.
Three sources familiar with the request told BuzzFeed that the White House had requested the primetime slot in order to push the idea of the health-care law’s success while it continues to languish in the polls.
It’s not clear which networks refused the request, but no speech was shown on any of the major broadcast television networks. Typically, the State of the Union is the only presidential speech awarded network television’s primetime spot, although special addresses sometimes make the cut.