Did NBC's First Read watch a different Obama 60 Minutes interview?

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I ask because this was the take-away from NBC's daily political tip sheet [emphasis added]:

To us, the most striking part of President Obama's "60 Minutes" interview was his admission that that he and his administration didn't compromise and work with the Republicans.


Here's what Obama said on 60 Minutes about the issue of compromise, specifically in terms of trying to pass health care legislation:

PRESIDENT OBMA So, ultimately, I had to make a decision: do I put all that aside, because it's gonna be bad politics? Or do I go ahead and try to do it because it will ultimately benefit the country? I made the decision to go ahead and do it. And it proved as costly politically as we expected. Probably actually a little more costly than we expected, politically.

KROFT: In what ways?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, partly because I couldn't get the kind of cooperation from Republicans that I had hoped for. We thought that if we shaped a bill that wasn't that different from bills that had previously been introduced by Republicans -- including a Republican governor in Massachusetts who's now running for President -- that, you know, we would be able to find some common ground there. And we just couldn't.

Did Obama go on 60 Minutes and admit his administration refused to compromise with Republicans? No. In fact, Obama said the opposite. He said his administration specifically crafted health care reform legislation that didn't look that different from what Republicans had supported in the past. (One health care bill voted out of committee included 161 Republican amendments.)

NBC's First Read might want to hit rewind on the president's 60 Minutes interview and watch it again.

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