When you're President, words matter.
President Obama learned that lesson this week after news reports revealed that his assertion that if you liked your health care plan you could keep it under the Affordable Care Act wasn't technically true.
As we wrote in our "Worst Week in Washington" column:
Obama and his allies went out of their way to defend the pledge. White House press secretary Jay Carney said that the canceled plans “don’t provide minimum services [and] have a lot of fine print that leaves consumers in the lurch” — and he noted that the president couldn’t be held responsible for what insurance companies did once the law took effect.
But there was no escaping this basic fact: What Obama said simply wasn’t true. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave his claim four Pinocchios — a “whopper.”
So, President Obama, congrats -- or something.