The Politico web site reports that Dick Durbin, "the Senate majority whip, posted on his Facebook wall over the weekend that during a White House meeting, one GOP leader told Obama: 'I cannot even stand to look at you.' Durbin’s comments — leveled at a Republican lawmaker he refused to name during a meeting he didn’t attend — were called into question on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. House Republicans and the Obama administration refuted the account and the GOP sought an apology."
Whether or not Senator Durbin actually heard what he claims to have heard at the meeting is largely irrelevant. The more important issue is the fact that men and women in powerful positions will say the most reckless and destructive things that destroy the character of others when they know that a friendly media will probably never question the validity of such comments. Why bother reporting the truth, which can often prevent one from advancing his political agenda, when one can merely make up something and have it permeate throughout society without any check as to its credibility? Democrats are so accustomed to having their comments taken at face value by the leftist media, that they no longer bother to hold back from generating completely fabricated characterizations of meetings and conversations with Republicans.
Politico adds that, "After the briefing, the White House declined to elaborate other than to reiterate that the administration doesn’t believe anyone said this to the president. But even in the face of GOP outrage and with no cover from the White House, Durbin didn’t back down." Durbin is not backing down because he would have to admit an inconvenient truth, which is that he made up the comments in order to magnify the notion that Republicans are aggressive, hateful, and uncooperative in their dealings with President Obama. The White House itself has stated publicly that the remarks were not uttered, but Durbin knows that enough people will believe that the words were spoken simply because he says so.
The majority of the American people believe that Republicans refused to negotiate with the president during the government shutdown. As Durbin is quoted as saying, "What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful" to the president? Why would Durbin risk eroding this perception of Republicans by admitting the truth?
When someone with as little credibility as Barack Obama tells the truth, it says a lot about the character (or lack thereof) of Dick Durbin.