White House: Durbin story about GOP insult a ‘misunderstanding’

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The White House is changing its tune Thursday after saying Sen. Dick Durbin’s story that a House Republican leader insulted President Obama wasn’t true.

In a Facebook post Sunday, which remains up today, Durbin said: “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. But in a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.'”

On Wednesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters: “I looked into this and spoke with somebody in that meeting, and it did not happen.”

But on Thursday, the White House is out with a statement calling it a “misunderstanding.”

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