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. 
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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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