Obama Administration Aide Tweets Racial Slur, Apologizes

He quickly deleted it and apologized for a “horrendous typo.”

President Obama speaks on the phone to natioinal volunteer leaders in battleground states from Air Force One, with White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, October 24, 2012. 
National Journal
Patrick Reis
Oct. 8, 2013, 7:01 a.m.

A top Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial Tues­day ac­ci­dent­ally used the n-word on an of­fi­cial White House Twit­ter ac­count.

“@jmart­NYT also a much n——- factor on the right,” Dan Pfeif­fer, a seni­or Obama ad­viser, Tweeted in re­sponse to a New York Times re­port­er.

Pfeif­fer de­leted the Tweet shortly after, re­pla­cing it with an apo­logy for what he labeled a “hor­rendous typo.”

Pfeif­fer pre­sum­ably meant to write “big­ger factor,” as the let­ters “b” and “n” are ad­ja­cent on the “qwerty” key­board.

Pfeif­fer is one of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s most act­ive Twit­ter pres­ences, known for con­vers­ing with polit­ic­al re­port­ers and tak­ing on op­pon­ents with tough rhet­or­ic. He has been on a Twit­ter tirade against Re­pub­lic­ans throughout the de­bate over the gov­ern­ment shut­down, har­anguing House Speak­er John Boehner over his re­fus­al to hold a vote on a “clean” ex­ten­sion of the budget.

Pfeif­fer’s ra­cial-slur typo promp­ted out­rage from a host of Twit­ter users, and it caught the eye of the Daily Caller, which said that Pfeif­fer is be­ing shown a de­gree of un­der­stand­ing over the typo that would not be af­forded to a Re­pub­lic­an.

“Dan Pfeif­fer is among the many people who get paid, with your tax dol­lars, to lie for the White House. Twit­ter is one of the places Pfeif­fer tells those lies. But this morn­ing, cour­tesy of New York Magazine, he used it to show us the truth about him­self,” wrote the DC’s Jim Treach­er. “I think we all know what happened here: Dan Pfeif­fer is a huge ra­cist, and for a brief mo­ment he let the mask slip. Just kid­ding, of course. It’s not like he’s a Re­pub­lic­an! There­fore, we must give him the be­ne­fit of the doubt that he meant to type ‘big­ger.’ “

New York Magazine took a light­er tone in a piece head­lined “And This Is Why You Should Al­ways Double-Check Your Tweets Be­fore Post­ing.”

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