White House admits it was behind rumor that GOP leader told Obama ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’ during tense government shutdown meeting
By David Martosko
The White House admitted Thursday that it was the source of a phony quote attributed to a top House Republican, who had allegedly told President Obama during a tense Oct. 10 meeting that ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’ Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate Majority Whip, claimed in a Facebook post on Sunday that an unnamed GOP lawmaker had delivered the verbal slap in Obama’s face, but everyone involved with the story now says it never happened.
Eighteen Republicans from Congress attended that meeting with the president during a 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government, with the GOP representatives trying to negotiate a solution and Obama insisting that he wouldn’t bargain unless the government was reopened first.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney acknowledged Thursday that ‘there was a miscommunication when we read out that meeting to Senate Democrats and we regret that misunderstanding.’
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