Sebelius has nothing but sneers for Republican's "gift"
November 2nd, 2013
05:08 PM ET
9 years ago

Sebelius has nothing but sneers for Republican's "gift"

(CNN) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was already having a rough week when she was presented with an unwelcome gift at an event in Memphis on Friday.

After being grilled on Capitol Hill and receiving subpoenas from one congressional committee, Sebelius was wrapping up her week at an outreach event when Tennessee state Sen. Brian Kelsey approached her with a copy of the book "Web Sites for Dummies," according to Memphis' The Daily News, which captured the moment on camera.

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In the picture posted on The Daily News' website, Sebelius holds the book out with what seems to be an irritated expression.

Kelsey, a Republican, later tweeted, "Just presented Sec Sebelius with 'Websites for Dummies,'" and then, "The book is simply a reminder to Sec. #Sebelius of my message to her that Tennessee does NOT want Medicaid expansion."

The secretary's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sebelius was in Tennessee to promote the Affordable Care Act and explain how her department is working to fix the botched insurance exchange website,

"Clearly we did not do enough end-to-end testing," admitted Sebelius, though she defended the market itself, saying, "The market is ready. We have competitive plans in every market in this country."

"We have brought in a lot of technology experts to help make sure that we have all the eyes and ears on the problems and the puzzle, “Sebelius added.

On Wednesday, Sebelius apologized for the flawed website when she testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. President Obama has thus far resisted calls from congressional Republicans to fire Sebelius.

Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare • Tennessee
soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Dianne

    Unbelievable that a United States Senator would behave in such a manner. Can you say Bully?! He humiliated himself as far as im concerned! NO CLASS.

    November 3, 2013 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Sebelius has become the laughing stock of America.

    November 3, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  3. Mike

    Such lack of class by a fellow republican. Poor planning – yes – but to respond so poorly is worse

    November 3, 2013 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  4. just me

    Oh, those hilarious teabaggers! they're right up there with knock knock jokes in comedic brilliance. And just as classy!

    November 3, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  5. shalomcharlotte

    He's lucky she didn't clock him across his smug face.

    November 3, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    90% of Americans think republicans are a step below sewage and are the GARBAGE OF AMERICA!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  7. Pinewalker

    First off....I'm conservative but that book gimmick was rude and childish....secondly "We have brought in a lot of technology experts to help make sure that we have all the eyes and ears on the problems and the puzzle, “Sebelius added" if our current President had ever been a CEO or other business leader these types of actions would have been done before the site launch. I'm not even really sure how he was a community leader since even a community leader should have these types of skills as well. It seems everything this man does is not well thought out, not well planned, not well executed and his leadership skills amongst his direct reports and their reports is a complete disaster. If this guy were the President of my company I would be making a direct appeal to our Board of Directors to have hme removed.

    November 3, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  8. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I guess tenn, full of stupid GOP dumb voters doesn't need healthcare for its sub human population while their dumb teaparty hick congressman go to a conferate convention to discuss leaving the union, GO AHEAD

    November 3, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  9. toby hill

    She didn't read the 3000 page Obamacare bill so why would she read this?

    November 3, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  10. polischticks

    The funny thing is that that is the highest level of discourse republicans can ascend to

    November 3, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  11. Randy

    This just reinforces my view that all southern people are rude and vile people.

    November 3, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  12. bob

    Keep laughing Rep Kelly, your party has alienated the working poor, minorities, anyone who believes the world is older than 6k years and now after the shutdown, you are alienating the business lobbies...who is left? there are not enough crackpot crazies to keep you in office. Bye Bye

    November 3, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  13. ClydeTheSlyde

    Stay classy, GOP!

    November 3, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  14. BD70

    Well then Kelsey...I assume everyone in Tennessee has health care coverage. By the way that websites for dummies book is actually a great book!

    November 3, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  15. Larry in Houston

    ""doesn't want "Medicaid" expansion"" ?? LOL – well then, what is "Medicare" called, especially when it was rolled out ?
    What was "social security" called, when it was rolled out ?
    Medicaid, or no Medicaid, doesn't matter......if they need to go to the E.R. it gets paid by the taxpayer, plain & simple !
    Guess they are going to beat this horse all the way up to November, 2014, and/or beyond.....pitiful I tell ya, Just pitiful.

    November 3, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. Don in albuquerque

    Should have shown the GOTP'er the same amount of respect he showed her...Spit right in their face. That would be the amount of respect due the GOTP of this congress .

    November 3, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  17. Bessy

    Just another smart a– Republican. Hopefully Tenn. will realize where there real hopes for a future lie this next election.

    November 3, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  18. Donnie the Lion

    Another classy moment from the party of No and Woe.

    November 3, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  19. decobugdesigns

    Typical, rude and crude Republican action. This guy had to have his 5 minutes and used it by trying to embarrass another. It doesn't help that he looks like a hick. I hate to stereotype, but we all do. In this case it's true. Republican + Tennessee politician = Frat boy humor. Give it a break!

    November 3, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  20. nuclear mike

    Why is Sebelius out n the road trip promoting ACA when she should be involved in the solution to her problem of poor project management???
    She deserves sneers and jeers!!!

    November 3, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  21. Cneder

    That's funny. I don't see why queen Sebilius doesn't get the humor.

    November 3, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  22. What's in that tea anyway?

    Tea Baggers are so cute and smart......just like warts but less intelligent.

    November 3, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. sheshie


    November 3, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  24. Dennis Freeman

    Nothing like a book about dummies being given by one.

    November 3, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Data Driven

    Just a thought: I don't think Kelsey would have had the guts to try this stunt on a man.

    Pink-faced, porcine Republicans think they can bully women and minorities.

    November 3, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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