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White House says it was behind Durbin ‘miscommunication’
The Hill ^ | October 24, 2013 | Russell Berman and Amie Parnes

Posted on 10/24/2013 10:25:17 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

The White House on Thursday said it was behind a miscommunication that caused Senate Democrats to think a Republican lawmaker told President Obama at a private budget meeting, “I can’t even stand to look at you.”

For a second day in a row, the White House said the incident did not happen, but Thursday it also apologized for the confusion and accepted blame.

“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,” a White House official said.

Washington had been trying to figure out who made the remark since earlier this week, when Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) first mentioned the comment in a post on his Facebook site.

White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday said the incident did not happen, prompting Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office to ask for an apology and a retraction from Durbin.

Instead, Durbin stood by his story, and The Huffington Post published a separate piece that said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) discussed the incident at a meeting of Senate Democrats, saying it had been conveyed to him by a White House aide.

After Democratic Senate officials began whispering to reporters that it was Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) who made the comment to Obama, reporters confronted Sessions off the floor on Wednesday night.

Sessions, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, adamantly denied the allegation and referred to Carney shooting down Durbin's Facebook post during a briefing.

The meeting in question occurred during the height of the government shutdown when 20 House Republicans went to the White House to urge Obama to engage in negotiations.

Sessions confirmed he had spoken up at the meeting when the president pressed Republicans for “the fourth time” to tell him what it would take to end the shutdown.

He said he reminded Obama that leaders need to constantly try to find consensus.

“I told the president that I believed there needed to be a reevaluation of a leadership role toward that end,” Sessions said. “It’s as simple as that.”

“The president of the United States said it was the fourth time [he had] asked about feedback about whether we’re headed down the right pathway or not, in essence, how are you going to handle this thing,” Sessions added. “I was just providing feedback that leaders lead.”

Pressed by reporters if he might have said something like the quote referenced by Durbin, he replied, “There is no way.”

Growing agitated, he even suggested the White House had taped the meeting without Republicans' knowledge or consent. Still, he denied insulting the president.

"It is an absolute denial, and I already told you I didn’t say it," Sessions said before walking away.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 2013electionbias; agitprop; dickdurbin; dirtytricks; gossip; harryreid; illinois; jaycarney; malign; obama; obamalies; obamasracewar; playtheracecard; propaganda; rumor; slander; waronerror; whitehouse

1 posted on 10/24/2013 10:25:17 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Liars the lot of them!


2 posted on 10/24/2013 10:26:37 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Probably being covered up now by the Obamatons because Sessions didn’t say it, but he was thinking it, and Obama had the NSA’s mind reading machine going and accidentally leaked it from the transcript from that...


3 posted on 10/24/2013 10:29:39 AM PDT by Mannaggia l'America
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“It is an absolute denial, and I already told you I didn’t say it,” Sessions said before walking away.”

Biased press “but are you sure?”


4 posted on 10/24/2013 10:31:02 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Obama never misses an opportunity to inflame emotions and stir up conflict between Americans. He is a saboteur and a provocateur of the first order.
5 posted on 10/24/2013 10:31:05 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The offender probably said:

Whoa pardner, Them Jug Ears are WAY bigger than I was led to believe. Can we call you Dumbo?

6 posted on 10/24/2013 10:31:45 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Brad from Tennessee

It’s a natural LIBERAL trait.


7 posted on 10/24/2013 10:32:57 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

IOW... “THAT WAS ONLY SUPPOSED TO GO OUT TO OUR MINDLESS AND SOUL-LESS SUPPORTERS AND NOT FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION”!


8 posted on 10/24/2013 10:37:34 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I cannot stand to look at the jerk, nor can I stand to hear him speak.

I do not bear liars easily and Obama is a professional liar, bigot, and Muslim loving slime.


9 posted on 10/24/2013 10:38:09 AM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I can see Russia from my house ...

Statements do not need to be true .. they just are .. and never go away.

10 posted on 10/24/2013 10:39:46 AM PDT by knarf (`)
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11 posted on 10/24/2013 10:40:38 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
“I can’t even stand to look at you.”

Perhaps we can draw the conclusion that Barry said that about Dick.

12 posted on 10/24/2013 10:46:04 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I admit that POS 0dumbo is the master with the Alinksy rules
but This non denial denial from the WH may take the cake.

What exactly did the POS 0dymbo admit to?
anybody?

that W H’ read’ must have been pretty explicit for Durbin to stick to his lie


13 posted on 10/24/2013 10:47:07 AM PDT by RWGinger
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
he even suggested the White House had taped the meeting without Republicans' knowledge or consent.

Interesting he knew about recording.

14 posted on 10/24/2013 10:58:14 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"The White House on Thursday said it was behind a miscommunication that caused Senate Democrats to think a Republican lawmaker told President Obama at a private budget meeting, “I can’t even stand to look at you.”


15 posted on 10/24/2013 11:04:43 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( "With Obamascare you can die for your country without leaving home.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Haha...Durbin coming under heat in Chicago for his blatant lie.

White House tries to bail him out with some mumbo-jumbo.

What a joke these people are.

16 posted on 10/24/2013 11:12:54 AM PDT by what's up
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Well, he could’ve said “Saftgiver can’t stand to look, listen or yell at your half black son of a Communist whore’s son.” and I would take bows on PSMNBC. But I guess not.


17 posted on 10/24/2013 11:16:41 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Digging their holes bigger to crawl into?


18 posted on 10/24/2013 11:42:27 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Paladin2
Ears...what ears!!!  photo barakodumbo.gif
19 posted on 10/24/2013 11:53:16 AM PDT by ontap (but was just wondering how the Martinez family feels about illegal aliens.....just asking!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It was a lie they told to the chosen to fire up the base....chosen weren’t suppose to repeat it but the chosen are ....well stupid!!!


20 posted on 10/24/2013 11:56:42 AM PDT by ontap (but was just wondering how the Martinez family feels about illegal aliens.....just asking!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Well, if I had been in the room there would be no need for a denial.

Given the chance, that line would be the ‘tip of the iceberg’.

The ‘Old Poem’

How do I DESPISE thee?
Let me count the ways.....etc...

Sorry Mz E B Browning.....


21 posted on 10/24/2013 12:00:33 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --All incumbents must go. Complete turn over, House & Senate is needed.)
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To: SERKIT

But Barry likes dick.


22 posted on 10/24/2013 12:25:00 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Chris Matthews was talking about this last night, implying even if is not true, the GOP has said awful things about Obama. Chris could barely get the words out. He seemed either mad or medically ill, and I am not joking.


23 posted on 10/24/2013 12:33:50 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I figured the vile Harry Reed (sic) had to be somehow involved. And yep, he was the one that told DICKhead Durbin.
24 posted on 10/24/2013 1:43:56 PM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: Condor51

Reid is vile.


25 posted on 10/24/2013 1:45:06 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“I can’t even stand to look at you.”

I’d say it right now to Obama, to his face and mean every
word of it. Then I would demand an apology from him. Besides
it’s nothing I haven’t heard a 1000 times myself from practically
everyone I know.


26 posted on 10/24/2013 2:23:25 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: jospehm20
But Barry likes dick.

I think the story goes like this: Barry likes men who like his. No reports of reciprocity.

27 posted on 10/24/2013 2:56:19 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: Viennacon
not accurate and a miscommunication

But everything out of this White House is either one of the above or the other. They do it with such regularity that only the capon media can protect them.

28 posted on 10/24/2013 7:58:55 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; All

This is one of those laughable cases where if you are going to try to make a mountain out of a molehill, you first need to make sure you have a lot of dirt...

This was one of those cases where the guy was digging his own hole, and one of his helpers was taing the very same dirt and burying him with the same dirt...

See, all we have to do is shut up, and let them make fools of themselves...Its the easiest form of political sabotage out there...It does not expend ANY political capitol either...

A lesson some of those knuckleheads up there need to learn...


29 posted on 10/24/2013 8:08:02 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Cincinatus’ Wife.


30 posted on 10/24/2013 8:36:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Historical BUMP!


31 posted on 10/24/2013 9:03:35 PM PDT by Pagey (HELL is The 2nd Term of a POTUS who uses the terms “social justice” and “fair distribution".)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Oh, nobody in Obama's administration would EVER think of lying about another person for political gain. /sarc

I, on the other hand, would have NO problem telling Obama to his smug, self-satisfied face I can't stand to look at you! I'd do with my eyes closed, of course. ;o)

32 posted on 10/24/2013 11:53:57 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: boatbums

More on this here

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3083390/posts


33 posted on 10/24/2013 11:55:51 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If the ‘White House’ says it was behind the ‘miscommunication’, that means it wasn’t.

What it means is that they were behind the ‘communication’.


34 posted on 10/25/2013 6:31:05 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: UCANSEE2

Yes.

:)


35 posted on 10/25/2013 6:36:09 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks


36 posted on 10/25/2013 7:22:23 AM PDT by GOPJ (Self-respect is the root of discipline...dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself-Heschel)
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