That’s what he told the Washington Post.
Obama said the public option "has become a source of ideological contention between the left and right." But, he added, "I didn't campaign on the public option."
Now I have to swallow some pride and quote Rep. Joe Wilson - ‘YOU LIE’
Does President Obama really expect to win back support from his dithering base by lying about them? If that’s the case then I fear he will really be a 1 term President.
Honestly I believe this reaffirms what Russ Feingold, Jim Webb and Joe Lieberman all said – that President Obama didn’t push the public option. Instead of admitting that strategic failure, President Obama is taking the all to easy path of simply lying. As a progressive I for one won’t sit back and not call him out on it.
For the record Think Progress highlights some major times in which President Obama pushed for the public option:
– In the 2008 Obama-Biden health care plan on the campaign’s website, candidate Obama promised that “any American will have the opportunity to enroll in [a] new public plan.” 
– During a speech at the American Medical Association, President Obama told thousands of doctors that one of the plans included in the new health insurance exchanges “needs to be a public option that will give people a broader range of choices and inject competition into the health care market.” [6/15/09]