WASHINGTON – Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) came forward on Friday to publically address rumors that he is the mysterious Republican who told President Obama, “I can’t even stand to look at you” during recent budget negotiations.
Instead of offering up the standard politician’s denial, Sessions admitted he was indeed the source of the remark, but claimed “it was not at all racially motivated” and refused to apologize.
“President or not, tensions run high in many of these discussions, and when things got heated, I directed the remark in question at Mr. Obama,” said Sessions.
“But I am not a racist. I can’t stand this black president because I fundamentally disagree with his actions as president, not because he is black.”
Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) was the first to relay Sessions’ anti-Obama remark on his Facebook page on Wednesday. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) quickly denied the exchange ever took place, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney joined them in denying the story, saying the entire incident was simply a “miscommunication.”
The story took another turn when the “Huffington Post” reported that two unnamed Democratic senators cited Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as the source of the accusation.
The two unnamed senators said Reid is still trying to make up for his 2008 comments that Obama’s “light skin” and “lack of Negro dialect” would help his presidential bid.
The unnamed sources claimed that, after the meeting in question, Reid took Sessions aside and the two entered into a “heated debate about which man was less racist.”
President Obama has not been reached for comment on the matter, but spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that after this latest incident, the White House is “going to assume that they’re all racists.”