The most powerful man in the world sure seems to get a lot of information about what's going on inside his administration from outside news reports. 

The latest example was President Obama saying in an interview aired over the weekend that he learned of his former secretary of state's personal email use from the media. 

Asked when he first found out Hillary Clinton was using a non-official system to conduct government business, Obama told CBS News: "The same time as everybody else, through news reports." 

It wasn't quite that simple, as the White House soon clarified. Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged Monday that Obama and Clinton did exchange emails. 

"The president, as I think many people expected, did over the course of his first several years in office, trade emails with the secretary of state," he said. 

Presumably, that means the president would have noticed Clinton was not using a ".gov" account. But Earnest said Obama nevertheless was unaware of Clinton's personal email server and how she was following federal records law. 

This, of course, is hardly the first time Obama has claimed he was in the dark about a scandal in his administration until it surfaced in the news. 

Here's a look back at other news flashes delivered to the White House on his watch.