White House: Shutdown story Dick Durbin is telling is pretty bogus
posted at 2:43 pm on October 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
In case you haven’t heard about this, Senator Dick Durbin claimed in a Facebook post that a House Republican told Barack Obama during the shutdown negotiations that “I cannot even stand to look at you.” Republicans vehemently denied it, and now the White House agrees:
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday flatly denied that a House Republican told President Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you” during negotiations over the government shutdown.
“It did not happen,” Carney said, saying he discussed the incident with a “participant in the meeting.” …
“Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn’t try hard enough to communicate with Republicans,” Durbin said. “But in a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.'”
“What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?” the Illinois Democrat added.
What are the chances of an honest conversation with an Illinois Democrat? I’m just asking on a friend’s behalf.
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