According to Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, a House GOP leader told President Obama that he couldn’t bear to look at him while negotiating the recent government shutdown. Yikes.
Senator Durbin took to Facebook to vent about the unnamed GOP leader’s remarks.
“Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn’t try hard enough to communicate with Republicans,” wrote Durbin in the post. “But in a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’ What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?”
Cue angry right-wing backlash. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said, in statements through his spokespeople, that Durbin needed to apologize for what he accused.
“The speaker certainly didn’t say that and does not recall anyone else doing so,” said Boehner’s spokesperson Michael Steel.
Boehner’s press secretary Brendan Buck also chimed in, adding, “Senator Durbin’s accusation is a serious one, and it appears to have been invented out of thin air. The senator should disclose who told him this account of events, retract his reckless allegation immediately, and apologize.”
Now the White House is denying that the alleged verbal attack ever took place. White House spokesman Jay Carney says, “It did not happen,” after talking to the President and launching an internal investigation into the matter.
Still, Durbin is sticking to his story, and his spokesman Max Gleischman added, “Sen. Durbin stands by his comments.”
With Washington playing a never-ending game of “He Said, She Said,” it looks like the American people may never know what really happened.