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White House gave false “can’t stand to look at you” meme to Harry Reid, who gave it to Durbin, who went public
by SallyMJ
October 25, 2013 at 5:13 AM

Posted by     Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 3:21pm

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Mandy noted the other day, WH spox denies Sen. Durbin claim House GOPer told Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you”.

It gets more interesting.

It turns out that Dick Durbin wasn’t “lying” if by lying you mean saying something he knew to be untrue.  It was curious why Durbin would not name names.  Now we know.  He would have had to name Harry Reid as his source.

The White House gave the line to Harry Reid, who read it to the Democratic Senate caucus, one of whose members — Durbin — went public with it.  The story still was false, and the White House is claiming a “miscommunication.”

I’m not buying that.  The supposed statement took place on October 10, as Democrats were standing united against cutting a meaningful deal with Republicans.

I’m leaning toward the “miscommunication” not being so, but part of a White House strategy to hold the party together at a critical time.

Huffington Post reported (h/t Hot Air), Harry Reid Told Caucus That Pete Sessions Was Behind Obama Insult, Senators Say:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told his Democratic caucus last week in a private meeting that a top House Republican said to President Barack Obama, “I cannot even stand to look at you,” according to two Democratic senators who were present.

The account was confirmed by two Senate Democratic aides who said they independently learned of the exchange from other senators.

A White House official said Thursday that the administration did relay such a message to Reid, but that it was the result of a miscommunication.

“While the quote attributed to a Republican lawmaker in the House GOP meeting with the President is not accurate, there was a miscommunication when the White House read out that meeting to Senate Democrats, and we regret the misunderstanding,” the official said in a statement.

Politico further reports:

Deputy White House chief of staff Rob Nabors was the official who relayed the bungled story to Durbin and other Senate Democratic leaders, according to a Capitol Hill source familiar with the situation.

The White House declined to further elaborate on the issue Thursday. Nabors did not respond to a request for comment.

The episode, which pit the White House against one of its staunchest allies and infuriated Republicans, could be called a game of telephone gone bad.

Telephone gone bad?  Or deliberately stoking up Senate Democratic anger thinking no one would be a loose-lipped as Durbin to go public with it.

Replies

  • grandmab125
    October 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM

     Unfortunately, that lying....Chicago thug...scumbag Durbin is one of my senators.  He made this whole thing up.  Then the junk yard dog, Reed....think "I was told that Romney never pays his income taxes", which then started the media feeding frenzy trying to make Romney publicly show his tax returns, otherwise Romney was a blatant tax cheat.  When the Obama wants some vile rumor put out there, he just calls in Biden, Pelosi or Reid.  Reid must have passed this assignment along to Durbin.

    Durbin's way of filling up his and other dem re-election coffers.  He refuses to recant this junk. From illinois review:

    Thursday, October 24, 2013

  • Ednarooni160
    Eds
    October 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    NICE...nothing like throwing a rumor around to get SYMPATHY for the president.  They are so good at that.. Even Obama is.. "MY COLOR...MY NAME."  Ring a bell?


  • imagirlgeek
    October 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Yeah?  Well....Becky said Ashley's cousin was at a party, and she heard from Mark's little sister that Julie overheard you say that my butt looked big in my skinny jeans.  

    Our government is being run by a bunch of high school mean girls.  LOL

  • Billiejeens
    October 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM

     

    I like how you handled the situation.

    You are heroic!

    Quoting imagirlgeek:

    Yeah?  Well....Becky said Ashley's cousin was at a party, and she heard from Mark's little sister that Julie overheard you say that my butt looked big in my skinny jeans.  

    Our government is being run by a bunch of high school mean girls.  LOL


     

  • 4kidz916
    October 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Funny!

    Quoting Billiejeens:


    I like how you handled the situation.

    You are heroic!

    Quoting imagirlgeek:

    Yeah?  Well....Becky said Ashley's cousin was at a party, and she heard from Mark's little sister that Julie overheard you say that my butt looked big in my skinny jeans.  

    Our government is being run by a bunch of high school mean girls.  LOL




  • pamelax3
    October 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Why?? Stay focused on the problems at had Senators so that way we can get on with business.. And if everyone would just stopping being little whiny children, we could be done

  • SallyMJ
    by SallyMJ
    October 25, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Cute!!! And very true.

    Quoting imagirlgeek:

    Yeah?  Well....Becky said Ashley's cousin was at a party, and she heard from Mark's little sister that Julie overheard you say that my butt looked big in my skinny jeans.  

    Our government is being run by a bunch of high school mean girls.  LOL


  • imagirlgeek
    October 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    At this point,  I have to laugh.  I don't even think I could take it seriously if I wanted to.  They are all so desperately trying to mess with reputations, and it's so transparent.  

    Quoting SallyMJ:

    Cute!!! And very true.

    Quoting imagirlgeek:

    Yeah?  Well....Becky said Ashley's cousin was at a party, and she heard from Mark's little sister that Julie overheard you say that my butt looked big in my skinny jeans.  

    Our government is being run by a bunch of high school mean girls.  LOL



  • SallyMJ
    by SallyMJ
    October 26, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Exactly. Just don't wear the skinny jeans!!

    On the other hand, having a "bubble butt" is considered a compliment these days. 

    Quoting imagirlgeek:

    At this point,  I have to laugh.  I don't even think I could take it seriously if I wanted to.  They are all so desperately trying to mess with reputations, and it's so transparent.  

    Quoting SallyMJ:

    Cute!!! And very true.

    Quoting imagirlgeek:

    Yeah?  Well....Becky said Ashley's cousin was at a party, and she heard from Mark's little sister that Julie overheard you say that my butt looked big in my skinny jeans.  

    Our government is being run by a bunch of high school mean girls.  LOL




  • pvtjokerus
    October 26, 2013 at 1:15 PM

     You mean high school mean boys.....oh wait.... u mean congressmen within the Beltway....  ;  )


    Quoting imagirlgeek:

    Yeah?  Well....Becky said Ashley's cousin was at a party, and she heard from Mark's little sister that Julie overheard you say that my butt looked big in my skinny jeans.  

    Our government is being run by a bunch of high school mean girls.  LOL


     

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