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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

White House gave false “can’t stand to look at you” meme to Harry Reid, who gave it to Durbin, who went public

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.


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hahahahaha Liars!!!! Everyone of them!!!

    Musson in reply to wendybar. | October 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    As my Father would have said, “None of them are worth the powder to blow them to Hell.”

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to wendybar. | October 24, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Reid must resign!

    So must all those in the White House resign.

    Citizens deserve better.

    Citizens deserve better than these 2-year-old-style, infant behaviors!

Harry Reid’s friend had no comment on this, but he still alleges that Harry is a pedarest.

Relying on something said by obama or anyone in his administration is no defense.

legacyrepublican | October 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Reid’s new defense after being coached by Pelosi … “We have to pass along what we think Sen. Durbin said to find out what he really said.”

The lowest people at the highest levels of government in the history of our republic. What really confirms it as a tragedy however is the nonfeasance of the Republican party in the face of this debasement. I guarantee no one in the GOP will say anything meaningful in response to this or turn this into a fight at all. Not even the individuals slandered.

Henry Hawkins | October 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

White House = Middle School

Henry Hawkins | October 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm

We want more of this. Each time they get caught lying it renders ensuing lies less bothersome while concurrently damaging their credibility (with indies and Dems).

Lie away, Dems. Lie away.

I’ll just say it again…

Hateful Harry is one of the worse people on the planet.

    Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | October 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Worst…and I don’t mean a German sausage.

    Estragon in reply to Ragspierre. | October 25, 2013 at 4:33 am

    He may be among the worst, but is surely among the luckiest, having amassed a multimillion dollar fortune without ever having worked outside Congress and having no visible source of other wealth. How does he do it?

    One example: when a group of his Nevada “friends” found a piece of desert property selling cheap, they brought Harry in on the deal. Not that he had the cash to invest, but somehow he was able to participate. Of course, desert isn’t worth much even in a real estate boom. But if an interstate path is moved twenty miles to cross the property, and a previously unplanned interchange is added right on that property, the value could go through the roof.

    But these federal projects are years in the planning and it is very rare they are changed so dramatically so late in the process. See what I mean? Harry is very lucky.

    And then there’s his son who got a huge paying job as a major union attorney right out of law school. Some can’t figure out what services he actually renders. Maybe someone else already took care of that.

    Better to be lucky than good, so they say. Or, apparently, than honest.

      Bruce Hayden in reply to Estragon. | October 25, 2013 at 8:42 am

      Knew one son a bit when I was in NV. He has four sons and one son-in-law, and all are attorneys. Four are with the four biggest (I think) firms in the state. All started out, I think, with the largest, but this diversification was probably a good thing for the family’s power. Oldest ones, at least seemed to specialize in regulatory compliance ( which, in NV somewhat means who you know), and, of course, lobbying. Don’t think though we will see much politically. Not vicious like their father, the formerly dirt poor boxer. Oldest son Rory lost his race for governor on the same ballot where his father was reelected. Maybe 8-10% points between them. Still, the one I knew was extremely well liked in his firm, taking good care of the people in his office very well.

9thDistrictNeighbor | October 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Don’t tell me there isn’t a recording of the conversations. With JFK, RMN…I’m certain there are plenty of recording devices all over the White House. Or, I’m aware of a stenographer who used to work down the street; perhaps she was available. For posterity. For the Children®.

Another Voice | October 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I have always subscribed to taking the “High Road” up to the passing of the last few years. The trash talk that passes for leadership by the left while the right stays above the fray not throwing counter punches has allowed us to have a status in government as patsies. Why Cruz has been elevated to hero status and his backers are ready to do battle. Republicans at all levels of government need to get off the fence and initiate a counter by calling them out every time on their hypocrisy and point out the lefts need to get out of the gutter if they want to excel.

What I heard from the Hill was that Obama’s own BlackBerry said those words to Obama. Honest.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Sally Paradise. | October 24, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Blackberry????? ‘=O That’s racist!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I guess you know Present (vote) Obama refused to give up his personal Blackberry.

    He refused to use the official, national security secured government phones.

The WH meant to say, “We had a very productive meeting”, but somehow it came out as, “A top House Republican said to President Barack Obama, ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’ ”

Funny how that happens.

Funny how when Reid was looking for a patsy to trot out the latest pile of crap from the administration, he immediately turned to Dick Durbin…..

    Bruce Hayden in reply to Sanddog. | October 25, 2013 at 8:47 am

    That is what is a bit scary about the Senate Dems. After Harry Reid, they will have a choice probably between Dick Durbin, whose claim to fame may be that he isn’t as stupid as Slo Joe Biden, and slick, oily, Chuck Schumer. I, for one, would prefer Durbin, because Schumer is bright enough and slick enough to be dangerous.

Ah, so “the word is out” again.

And the media will report that Obama’s charm and charisma made the senators so weak in the knees that they could not stand to look at him.

OMG – a couple of people said that Harry said that he heard from someone else that Pete Sessions said something bad about Harry’s boyfriend, but everyone knows that those people are the same ones who put tacks in Senators’ chairs and steal their lunch money, so I don’t know if you can trust what they said….

Hey, is anyone going to Nancy’s slumber party this weekend?

No, Harry heard it from The Angel Moroni.

BTW, in this particular instance, HaIrY..You cannot spell Moroni, without M-O-R-O-N, Dats U hairy

Michael Settle | October 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm

There must be a high demand for boots there because the shit is getting deep. They should install a methane digestor as well.

This whole lie was intended to be a card in Wm’s Saturday night card game. It was not intended for immediate leak. It was supposed to gin up fury then slowly leak to the LSM who would charge all GOPers with racism for the “sin” of one not bearing to look at Obama … because … he is black, you know.

They misplayed the race card because Durbin missed his cue. It’s not about telephones. It’s about race. Everything is about race with that twisted bastard in the WH.

Eastwood Ravine | October 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Boy did I call it. I could have made money on my prediction. 🙁

Yep, it was a dog-whistle to keep the Democrats in line against all their enemies: fiscal sanity, sound governing policy, not to mention Republicans – especially conservatives – and the Constitution of the United States.

So let me get this straight… The White House lied to Harry Reid, who repeated the lie… Next up – passing notes in gym class?

So now the WH is throwing Reid to the dogs? And the WH has decided that Sessions is a viable target? Must remember to send some campaign funds toward Sessions.

They rabble rouse the Jersey Shores crowd … or maybe it’s the Oprah crowd. Or is it the Jon Stewart crowd. All these crowds are conditioned to hear dog whistles at the mention of a tea party member.

The love hate us … they really really hate us.

The White House figured one or more of the Senators would leak the story, but they expected they wouldn’t be stupid enough to do so for attribution. It was supposed to be on background, which would have been dutifully reported by the media, whose main focus of coverage would be on why Republicans hate Obama so much, racism or envy?

Once the dummy Durbin put his name on it, though, it became harder to cover the White House fingerprints.

These guys lie reflexively. I’ll bet they mostly don’t even know what’s true anymore.