White House Contradicts Durbin Smear About GOP House Leader


There was some blue on blue action today  at the White House press briefing as Carney was asked about something the #2 Dem in the Senate said about a Republican, and Carney was forced to admit that it was a lie.

Little Dick Durbin had said in an October 20 Facebook post,  “in a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’” (Cue dramatic chipmunk music)

DrewM at AoSHQ says, “that’s a pretty serious charge.”

Say what you want about Obama but congressional leaders should be professional and respectful of the office of the president. Naturally, all the GOP leaders who were there denied it but of course they would, right?

Yeah, I get what he’s saying about “respecting the office,” but personally, I kinda like the idea that at least one Republican leader is as disgusted by Obama as I am.

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.”

Transcript via RCP:

JACKIE CALMES, NEW YORK TIMES: Just to follow up on that. In terms of the president talking to Republicans, can you rule out — there was the number two Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin, said on his Facebook page that someone in recent exchange with the president said he can’t even stand, this member of Congress, that he can’t even stand to look at the president. Can you say whether that happened?

JAY CARNEY: I will say this, I spoke with somebody who was in that meeting and it did not happen.

QUESTION: Did the White House speak to Senator Durbin about this?

CARNEY: I don’t know. My understanding is that, again, from participants in the meeting that that didn’t happen.

QUESTION: Did anything like it happen that would —

CARNEY: Not that I’m aware of, Jackie.

See RCP for the video.


Fox News reported that Durbin is standing by his story.

All Democrats lie shamelessly, so this is a tough call. But I’m guessing that President Thin Skin doesn’t want it out that he enraged one of these mild mannered House Republicans to the point that they said something like that. Maybe they don’t want anyone sniffing around what might have prompted such an outburst.  I could be wrong, but that’s my sense of it. They’d rather sweep it under the rug.


6 thoughts on “White House Contradicts Durbin Smear About GOP House Leader

  1. I smell mendacity.

    You respect the office when the man or woman residing in it exercises their duties with respect for the law, the balance of powers and the people. When they act like a little dictator and abuse others rights they open the door to proper readjusting treatment. They are meant to be the servant of the people, not the other way around.

    This whole “respect for the office” meme came up as a talking point on various shows on the same day a few years back. And seems to work in the same way that the whole “bipartisanship” propaganda term works. That is, it only applies when you’re huwting the wittle pwesident’s feewings by pointing out facts. 😦 And not when the opposition is being called by the vilest/grossest/most violent terms imaginable, or when you’re discussing the Bush Presidency.

    They cloak themselves in these fair sounding terms to throw decent people off the scent. They mean nothing. Rats claiming Marquis of Queensbury rules…


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  3. Lil’ dick Turbin caught in yet another dubious quandary trying to embellish something. I’m shocked. Maybe Lil dick can return home and come up with another known terrorist sympathizer who can come forward and confirm the statement. And if that fails, he can always use them as a prop in another dopey lib agenda issue. Oh wait. . . . . . . .

    This idiot has been getting away with crap like this for decades now.


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