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White House criticises commentators for Haiti remark

The White House slammed two conservative commentators for their insensitive remarks and termed their comments as "stupid", made in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti.

world Updated: Jan 15, 2010 15:57 IST

The White House on Friday slammed two conservative commentators for their insensitive remarks and termed their comments as "stupid", made in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti.

"In times of amazing human suffering somebody says something that could be so utterly stupid, but it is like clockwork happens with some regularity," Gibbs told reporters when asked about a comment made by evangelist Pat Robertson on Thursday that the Haitians brought this on themselves by "making a pact with the devil."

He had a similar response when asked about the comment from US radio host and political commentator, Rush Limbaugh that Americans should not donate to Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

"I don't know how anybody could sit where he does, having enjoyed the success that he has, and not feel some measure of sorrow for what has happened in Haiti," Gibbs said.

"Most people, though, because they understand we're part of an amazing world, won't listen, and instead will seek to help those that they know, because through no fault of their own, have suffered an unspeakable tragedy," he added.