It appears that the story of a GOP House member telling President Obama during negotiations over the government-shutdown and debt-ceiling fight that he couldn’t stand to look at him originated with White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors.
CNN reports that Nabors told the story on October 15 to a group of four Democratic Senate leaders: Majority leader Harry Reid, Senate No. 2 Dick Durbin, and Senators Chuck Schumer and Patty Murray. Reid then told the entire Democratic caucus the story, fingering Texas Republican representative Pete Sessions as the culprit.
The tale was made public when Durbin posted it on his official Facebook page, scoffing at the “chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful.”
White House press secretary Jay Carney denied the story yesterday, saying he’d confirmed that no such comment was made, and today said that it was the result of a miscommunication between the White House and Senate Democrats. Durbin then put another post on his Facebook page saying that he appreciated the White House’s clarification.