U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., said he simply wanted to check with the White House to make sure an important issue would be discussed in the State of the Union speech.
He ended up confirming for President Barack Obama that members of Congress - Democrats, anyway - were up for a bruising fight to pass health care legislation, the congressman said during a wide-ranging meeting with reporters Monday.
It was Jan. 27, hours before Obama was to make his first State of the Union speech.
Clyburn said he called the White House and spoke to Valerie Jarrett, Obama's assistant for intergovernmental relations, to make sure a particular issue would be covered.
Clyburn called Jarrett later on an unrelated matter.