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(Talking Points Memo)   Yesterday morning, Dick Durbin said one of the GOP leadership disrespected the president to his face. By afternoon the WH said it didn't happen and GOP leaders were demanding an apology. This morning another Senator is going to corrobrate the story   (talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 122
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2013-10-24 11:39:39 AM
Thank God the government is back in business.
 
2013-10-24 11:47:00 AM
Golly, I just can't believe a Republican Congressman could be so rude...
 
2013-10-24 11:49:50 AM
Can we stop acting like middle school girls? Please?
 
2013-10-24 11:55:11 AM

vernonFL: Can we stop acting like middle school girls? Please?


It will calm down when people stop electing these teabaggers.
 
2013-10-24 11:58:23 AM
Updated already

Washington DC, 24 Oct. 11:45 am ET (AP): House Speaker John Boehner confirmed today that a member of the house leadership did, as initially reported by Senator Dick Durbin (D), remark to President Obama that "I cannot even stand to look at you," but clarified that the remark had been taken out of context. "The House Leader in question had just finished consuming a large lunch and was experiencing indigestion," Speaker Boehner said. "He moved to rise when the President entered the room but experienced what can only be described as a gastro-intestinal event. He made the remark as a jestful apology, and I am honestly stunned that anybody present did not immediately understand that." When asked why this explanation was not offered sooner, Speaker Boehner dismissed the need for "bathroom humor" in a serious political environment.
 
2013-10-24 12:00:27 PM
Name names or shut the hell up. I'm not going to care about this any further.
 
2013-10-24 12:01:53 PM
Is Can't Stanghazi a scandal yet?
 
2013-10-24 12:04:30 PM

Darth Macho: Name names or shut the hell up. I'm not going to care about this any further.


Pete Sessions. (Link)
 
2013-10-24 12:07:41 PM

Pocket Ninja: Washington DC, 24 Oct. 11:45 am ET (AP):


The AP date mark is a nice touch.  I'm still learning so much from you.
 
2013-10-24 12:12:05 PM

dr_blasto: vernonFL: Can we stop acting like middle school girls? Please?

It will calm down when people stop electing these teabaggers.


No, it will only calm down if we stop reelecting everyone and we replace the senators with robots.
 
2013-10-24 12:13:00 PM

Pocket Ninja: Updated already

Washington DC, 24 Oct. 11:45 am ET (AP): House Speaker John Boehner confirmed today that a member of the house leadership did, as initially reported by Senator Dick Durbin (D), remark to President Obama that "I cannot even stand to look at you," but clarified that the remark had been taken out of context. "The House Leader in question had just finished consuming a large lunch and was experiencing indigestion," Speaker Boehner said. "He moved to rise when the President entered the room but experienced what can only be described as a gastro-intestinal event. He made the remark as a jestful apology, and I am honestly stunned that anybody present did not immediately understand that." When asked why this explanation was not offered sooner, Speaker Boehner dismissed the need for "bathroom humor" in a serious political environment.


Beautiful. Absolutely flawless.
 
2013-10-24 12:14:12 PM
It's comforting to know DC basically operates using the same set of rules and norms that high schoolers use.

Christ, if that's the worst thing anyone said during this whole circus, they should all be given....well not medals, but maybe like Cheesecake Factory gift cards or something.
 
2013-10-24 12:19:21 PM

jayhawk88: It's comforting to know DC basically operates using the same set of rules and norms that high schoolers use.



Considering the GOP is full of representatives who top out at that level of education, it doesn't surprise me a bit.
 
2013-10-24 12:20:03 PM

SirGeorgeBurkelwitzIII: Pocket Ninja: Updated already

Washington DC, 24 Oct. 11:45 am ET (AP): House Speaker John Boehner confirmed today that a member of the house leadership did, as initially reported by Senator Dick Durbin (D), remark to President Obama that "I cannot even stand to look at you," but clarified that the remark had been taken out of context. "The House Leader in question had just finished consuming a large lunch and was experiencing indigestion," Speaker Boehner said. "He moved to rise when the President entered the room but experienced what can only be described as a gastro-intestinal event. He made the remark as a jestful apology, and I am honestly stunned that anybody present did not immediately understand that." When asked why this explanation was not offered sooner, Speaker Boehner dismissed the need for "bathroom humor" in a serious political environment.

Beautiful. Absolutely flawless.


I have yet to learn to look for Pocket Ninja's name first - damn it. Read the whole post thinking "Oh, Bullshiat you orange ninny" - *spits hook out*
 
2013-10-24 12:20:19 PM

jayhawk88: It's comforting to know DC basically operates using the same set of rules and norms that high schoolers use.

Christ, if that's the worst thing anyone said during this whole circus, they should all be given....well not medals, but maybe like Cheesecake Factory gift cards or something.


On the one hand, I've heard Washington DC described as "School Council USA".

On the other:  most high schoolers have far better manners than most government people.
 
2013-10-24 12:21:00 PM
James!: Pete Sessions. (Link)


So, one guy said that another guy said that he heard it from an intern that some other dude said that.
*rolls eyes*
 
2013-10-24 12:21:30 PM
GOP to Durbin: You lie!
 
2013-10-24 12:22:59 PM
This is like, a Voltron of stupidity and/or a complete nonstory.

At least you can take comfort in that at least they're not BREAKING things.
 
2013-10-24 12:23:22 PM

rjakobi: dr_blasto: vernonFL: Can we stop acting like middle school girls? Please?

It will calm down when people stop electing these teabaggers.

No, it will only calm down if we stop reelecting everyone and we replace the senators with robots.


That's boring. I prefer the return to the times when fistfights on the House or Senate floor were common. Perhaps duels as well.

Imagine, if you will, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell duking it out over a filibuster. C SPAN would rock.
 
2013-10-24 12:24:17 PM
I'm a pretty anti-authoritarian, left-wing, tree-hugging hippy-kid. I couldn't stand Bush. Every single thing he said & did was vile, tragic, destructive and regressive.

All that being said, if I ever found myself in a situation where I was meeting the man in person, while I might express my disagreement with his policies, but never in a million years could I imagine disrespecting him personally, or the Office of the President, while he was in the room. Its just not done.
 
2013-10-24 12:25:14 PM

Lord_Baull: James!: Pete Sessions. (Link)


So, one guy said that another guy said that he heard it from an intern that some other dude said that.
*rolls eyes*


Um, it was a sick burn. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris Obama pass out at 31 Flavors Congress last night. I guess it's pretty serious.
 
2013-10-24 12:25:53 PM
This whole thing is stupid.
 
2013-10-24 12:26:25 PM
ksj.mit.edu

Christ, is this the federal government or farking middle school?
 
2013-10-24 12:26:40 PM

Lionel Mandrake: Golly, I just can't believe a Republican Congressman could be so rude...


...said no one ever.
 
2013-10-24 12:27:47 PM

dr_blasto: rjakobi: dr_blasto: vernonFL: Can we stop acting like middle school girls? Please?

It will calm down when people stop electing these teabaggers.

No, it will only calm down if we stop reelecting everyone and we replace the senators with robots.

That's boring. I prefer the return to the times when fistfights on the House or Senate floor were common. Perhaps duels as well.

Imagine, if you will, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell duking it out over a filibuster. C SPAN would rock.


But how would Reid ever punch through that shell?
 
2013-10-24 12:28:00 PM
Without names, the story is BS.
 
2013-10-24 12:28:02 PM

Pocket Ninja: Updated already

Washington DC, 24 Oct. 11:45 am ET (AP): House Speaker John Boehner confirmed today that a member of the house leadership did, as initially reported by Senator Dick Durbin (D), remark to President Obama that "I cannot even stand to look at you," but clarified that the remark had been taken out of context. "The House Leader in question had just finished consuming a large lunch and was experiencing indigestion," Speaker Boehner said. "He moved to rise when the President entered the room but experienced what can only be described as a gastro-intestinal event. He made the remark as a jestful apology, and I am honestly stunned that anybody present did not immediately understand that." When asked why this explanation was not offered sooner, Speaker Boehner dismissed the need for "bathroom humor" in a serious political environment.


So IOW, not a big farking deal.

Next topic....
 
2013-10-24 12:28:58 PM

Rwa2play: Pocket Ninja: Updated already

Washington DC, 24 Oct. 11:45 am ET (AP): House Speaker John Boehner confirmed today that a member of the house leadership did, as initially reported by Senator Dick Durbin (D), remark to President Obama that "I cannot even stand to look at you," but clarified that the remark had been taken out of context. "The House Leader in question had just finished consuming a large lunch and was experiencing indigestion," Speaker Boehner said. "He moved to rise when the President entered the room but experienced what can only be described as a gastro-intestinal event. He made the remark as a jestful apology, and I am honestly stunned that anybody present did not immediately understand that." When asked why this explanation was not offered sooner, Speaker Boehner dismissed the need for "bathroom humor" in a serious political environment.

So IOW, not a big farking deal.

Next topic....


Check the handle.
 
2013-10-24 12:29:22 PM

Pocket Ninja: Updated already

Washington DC, 24 Oct. 11:45 am ET (AP): House Speaker John Boehner confirmed today that a member of the house leadership did, as initially reported by Senator Dick Durbin (D), remark to President Obama that "I cannot even stand to look at you," but clarified that the remark had been taken out of context. "The House Leader in question had just finished consuming a large lunch and was experiencing indigestion," Speaker Boehner said. "He moved to rise when the President entered the room but experienced what can only be described as a gastro-intestinal event. He made the remark as a jestful apology, and I am honestly stunned that anybody present did not immediately understand that." When asked why this explanation was not offered sooner, Speaker Boehner dismissed the need for "bathroom humor" in a serious political environment.


Damn you, Poe's law.  I actually went back and rechecked the article.
 
2013-10-24 12:29:46 PM

Pocket Ninja: Updated already


Updated once more:

Washington DC, 24 Oct. 12:21 pm ET (Reuters): After confirming that a GOP senior leader did state "I cannot stand to even look at you" to the President, House Speaker John Boehner, admitted that the House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was behind the quote. "I don't think Eric meant anything by it. I mean the president knows the area, Rep. Cantor come from. It's not unheard of to make such a comment to someone you haven't spent any time with. It's a southern colloquialism that Cantor often uses when talking to people he hasn't talked to in a long time. It's not 'I'm disgusted by who you are and hate everything you stand for,' but more of 'hey friend, we haven't spoken in a long time. Why don't you sit down with me and shoot the breeze with me,'" Asked about why there would be a colloquialism within a colloquialism, Speaker Boehner responded that there was no need for such questions before stating "No respect, no respect" while adjusting his tie in a nearby mirror. He then looked around nervously and indicated to the group of reporters that the question and answer session was over with a simple "End communication" comment. The Speaker's office has been quiet since.
 
2013-10-24 12:29:59 PM

Pocket Ninja: Updated already

Washington DC, 24 Oct. 11:45 am ET (AP): House Speaker John Boehner confirmed today that a member of the house leadership did, as initially reported by Senator Dick Durbin (D), remark to President Obama that "I cannot even stand to look at you," but clarified that the remark had been taken out of context. "The House Leader in question had just finished consuming a large lunch and was experiencing indigestion," Speaker Boehner said. "He moved to rise when the President entered the room but experienced what can only be described as a gastro-intestinal event. He made the remark as a jestful apology, and I am honestly stunned that anybody present did not immediately understand that." When asked why this explanation was not offered sooner, Speaker Boehner dismissed the need for "bathroom humor" in a serious political environment.


OMG i can't believe you got me. I started looking for sources on this. WELL DONE YOU LOONY.
 
2013-10-24 12:30:16 PM
I had a theory that it happened but that Obama in his usual desire to stay above the fray (something I have had a love-hate relationship with to be honest) wanted it to go away but it really did happen.  Especially when Boehner's statement had the weasel words "I don't recall" in it.

We will see if that's the case now.
 
2013-10-24 12:31:21 PM

thurstonxhowell: [ksj.mit.edu image 400x300]

Christ, is this the federal government or farking middle school?


In middle school you can get suspended for hurting someones feelings. Should we start applying that to the govt too? Either that or pistols at dawn.
Pistols gets my vote.
 
2013-10-24 12:32:41 PM

Lord_Baull: James!: Pete Sessions. (Link)


So, one guy said that another guy said that he heard it from an intern that some other dude said that.
*rolls eyes*


I'm just pointing out who they're blaming.
 
2013-10-24 12:33:50 PM

super_grass: This is like, a Voltron of stupidity and/or a complete nonstory.

At least you can take comfort in that at least they're not BREAKING things.


And I'll form...the Derp!
 
2013-10-24 12:34:57 PM

James!: Lord_Baull: James!: Pete Sessions. (Link)


So, one guy said that another guy said that he heard it from an intern that some other dude said that.
*rolls eyes*

I'm just pointing out who they're blaming.



I wasn't rolling eyes at you, just the lack of an actual story of any kind.
 
2013-10-24 12:35:34 PM

Pocket Ninja: Updated already

Washington DC, 24 Oct. 11:45 am ET (AP): House Speaker John Boehner confirmed today that a member of the house leadership did, as initially reported by Senator Dick Durbin (D), remark to President Obama that "I cannot even stand to look at you," but clarified that the remark had been taken out of context. "The House Leader in question had just finished consuming a large lunch and was experiencing indigestion," Speaker Boehner said. "He moved to rise when the President entered the room but experienced what can only be described as a gastro-intestinal event. He made the remark as a jestful apology, and I am honestly stunned that anybody present did not immediately understand that." When asked why this explanation was not offered sooner, Speaker Boehner dismissed the need for "bathroom humor" in a serious political environment.


I just wish this were true.  It would be awesome.
 
2013-10-24 12:36:47 PM
Grown folk acting like little biatches over a non issue. These people make the average PTA or youth Football League leadership look like paragons of mature leadership.
 
2013-10-24 12:36:48 PM
Well, it's settled then.  Send Pete Sessions to Gitmo.
 
2013-10-24 12:37:28 PM

parasol: I have yet to learn to look for Pocket Ninja's name first - damn it. Read the whole post thinking "Oh, Bullshiat you orange ninny" - *spits hook out*


dookdookdook: Damn you, Poe's law. I actually went back and rechecked the article.


Girl Sailor: OMG i can't believe you got me. I started looking for sources on this. WELL DONE YOU LOONY.


The favorite user option is a handy tool to use in the case of PN. He strikes so quickly in most threads he still gets lots of people hooked. Ever since I highlighted him in a nice bright green I know I'm in for something entertaining most of the time.
 
2013-10-24 12:39:33 PM
THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS ACCUSATION

A SERIOUS ACCUSATION THAT DEMANDS AN APOLOGY

ALSO THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO DEATH PANEL YOUR GRANDMOTHER, GOD BLESS
 
2013-10-24 12:42:26 PM

Pocket Ninja: Updated already

Washington DC, 24 Oct. 11:45 am ET (AP): House Speaker John Boehner confirmed today that a member of the house leadership did, as initially reported by Senator Dick Durbin (D), remark to President Obama that "I cannot even stand to look at you," but clarified that the remark had been taken out of context. "The House Leader in question had just finished consuming a large lunch and was experiencing indigestion," Speaker Boehner said. "He moved to rise when the President entered the room but experienced what can only be described as a gastro-intestinal event. He made the remark as a jestful apology, and I am honestly stunned that anybody present did not immediately understand that." When asked why this explanation was not offered sooner, Speaker Boehner dismissed the need for "bathroom humor" in a serious political environment.


You are the Last Dragon.  You possess the power of The Glow.
 
2013-10-24 12:43:10 PM
He's just being honest.  I thought we wanted more honest people in Washington.
 
2013-10-24 12:43:17 PM
Disrespect is not a verb!

/pet peeve
 
2013-10-24 12:45:29 PM

Pocket Ninja: Updated already

Washington DC, 24 Oct. 11:45 am ET (AP): House Speaker John Boehner confirmed today that a member of the house leadership did, as initially reported by Senator Dick Durbin (D), remark to President Obama that "I cannot even stand to look at you," but clarified that the remark had been taken out of context. "The House Leader in question had just finished consuming a large lunch and was experiencing indigestion," Speaker Boehner said. "He moved to rise when the President entered the room but experienced what can only be described as a gastro-intestinal event. He made the remark as a jestful apology, and I am honestly stunned that anybody present did not immediately understand that." When asked why this explanation was not offered sooner, Speaker Boehner dismissed the need for "bathroom humor" in a serious political environment.


You know.. I don't find that too outlandish.
 
2013-10-24 12:46:54 PM
Sessions was completely out of line and deserves a formal censuring.  I don't care how you feel about Barack Obama, you do not say such things to a sitting President.
 
2013-10-24 12:47:07 PM
We get it, Teabaggers:  He's Black.
 
2013-10-24 12:48:40 PM

Jackson Herring: THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS ACCUSATION

A SERIOUS ACCUSATION THAT DEMANDS AN APOLOGY

ALSO THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO DEATH PANEL YOUR GRANDMOTHER, GOD BLESS


Whatever happened to "death panels" as a talking point? I kind of liked that one.
 
2013-10-24 12:49:41 PM

Highroller48: We get it, Teabaggers:  He's Black.


You are trying too hard.
 
2013-10-24 12:50:33 PM

parasol: SirGeorgeBurkelwitzIII: Pocket Ninja: Updated already

Washington DC, 24 Oct. 11:45 am ET (AP): House Speaker John Boehner confirmed today that a member of the house leadership did, as initially reported by Senator Dick Durbin (D), remark to President Obama that "I cannot even stand to look at you," but clarified that the remark had been taken out of context. "The House Leader in question had just finished consuming a large lunch and was experiencing indigestion," Speaker Boehner said. "He moved to rise when the President entered the room but experienced what can only be described as a gastro-intestinal event. He made the remark as a jestful apology, and I am honestly stunned that anybody present did not immediately understand that." When asked why this explanation was not offered sooner, Speaker Boehner dismissed the need for "bathroom humor" in a serious political environment.

Beautiful. Absolutely flawless.

I have yet to learn to look for Pocket Ninja's name first - damn it. Read the whole post thinking "Oh, Bullshiat you orange ninny" - *spits hook out*


I have his name in green and got hooked on that one.  That one is beautiful.
 
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