A top Senate Democrat said that a leading House Republican told President Obama that they could not ‘even stand to look at you’ during negotiations over the government shutdown...
...Spokesmen for both Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor say neither official said or remembers anyone else saying they couldn’t stand to look at President Obama at a White House summit during the government shutdown, as Democratic senator Dick Durbin of Illinois alleged...
Annnnd here’s the confirmation of the denial from… the White House:
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.
Update: “Sen. Durbin stands by his comments,” says spokesman, after WH says no GOP rep. insulted president. http://t.co/SCTD7rXBIH via @WSJ— WSJ Washington Wire (@WSJwashington) October 23, 2013
*Crunch* *Crunch* *Crunch*
Hey, pass the popcorn, Nahanni!
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I love this stuff
Heads are exploding!
If the White House denies the story, AND THEN Durbin confirms the story, THEN he's calling the White House MISTAKEN. But if Durbin alleges the story AND THEN the White House denies the story, then you can't say that Durbin calls Obama a Liar. I love this site, Doug Ross, but you get carried away with your headlines.
Update: I didn't see the part that said Durbin stands by his comments, AFTER the White House denial. So I amend my statement to say this:
Are you sure that Durbin is calling Obama a liar, or perhaps Durbin is calling is spokesman *mistaken*?
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