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President Obama’s latest addition to the Obamacare team as a “strategist” is off to a rocky start.

The House Republicans are furious over comments John Podesta made that their majority is “a cult worth of Jonestown.” The Republicans are not accepting an apology by new White House counselor Podesta for making the comments last fall.

It seems that for a president in dire need of GOP support while Obamacare crumbles around him, he could have found a more bi-partisan spokesman to lead his presidential legacy, good or bad.

Podesta provided instant regret when the comments were uncovered through his Twitter account. As he put it to reporters who gathered to hear his apology, “In an old interview I said some silly things and I apologize to Speaker Boehner, whom I have always respected."

But does he mean it when he apologizes, or did he mean it when he said it?

Jim Jones led his followers to Guyana where on Nov. 18, 1978 more than 900 of them committed mass suicide by drinking Flavor-Aid tainted with cyanide. Jones then shot and killed himself.

It is hardly the greatest comparison a man could make who has been appointed by the president to heal the wounds of a badly flawed Obamacare.

Ironically. the tragedy also claimed the life of a House Democrat, Rep. Leo Ryan, D-Calif., who was murdered by Jones' gunmen. He had flown to Guyana to investigate reports of abuse by the cult.

A future House Democrat, Rep. Jacqueline "Jackie" Speier, D-Calif., then an aide to Ryan, was wounded in the incident.

Podesta is not the first public figure to use Jonestown as a metaphor, but he couldn’t have used it at a more crucial time for the president and the faltering healthcare law he thought would be his lasting legacy of greatness.

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