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Rep. Pete Sessions named as man behind contested Obama insult

Despite the White House's insistence that the whole brouhaha is a "misunderstanding," the Huffington Post reports that it was Texas Republican Pete Sessions who, during the negotiations over the government shutdown, told President Obama, "I cannot even stand to look at you."

The Huffington Post's reporting, which is based on conversations with two unnamed senators, outlines quite the game of D.C. telephone: according to HuffPo, the story likely reached Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin through Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who in turn heard about it first from a White House staffer who was present at the time.

Harry Reid then told his caucus about Sessions' flap. According to the report, Reid said that the president's response to Sessions was a "dignified" recognition that the two men held vastly different beliefs.

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