Why do I get the feeling Dick isn’t being completely honest with us?
The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Sen. Dick Durbin, says that a House Republican leader told off President Barack Obama during a negotiation meeting, and that they are so disrespectful it’s practically impossible to have a conversation with them.
“In a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you,’” Durbin wrote in a post on his Facebook page over the weekend. […]
“What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?” Durbin wrote.
Update: Show of hands, who here is shocked Durbin lied?
QUESTION: 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.