Sources told POLITICO that the president was lobbied even on his own plane by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. And a key call came from House Budget Committee ranking Democrat Chris Van Hollen while Obama flew from India to Saudi Arabia. He called Pelosi, who was in the air with the president hours ago, to complain.

Pelosi insisted that Obama drop the plan, scuttling what had been quickly labeled a disastrous policy that would hurt the middle class.

“Given it has become such a distraction, we’re not going to ask Congress to pass the 529 provision so that they can instead focus on delivering a larger package of education tax relief that has bipartisan support,” the White House said.