June 15th, 2010
08:42 PM ET
5 years ago

RNC: Obama 'manipulating this tragic, national crisis'

Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee issued the following statement after the president's Oval Office address Tuesday night:

“Manipulating this tragic, national crisis for selfish political gain not only demonstrates President Obama’s inability to aptly lead our nation out of a disaster, but also reveals the appallingly arrogant political calculus of this White House. Exploiting the tragedy in the Gulf to try to ram through a devastating job-killing national energy tax is more of the same Chicago-style politics that has the President’s approval ratings plummeting to an all-time low. Instead of leveraging this crisis to manufacture knee-jerk political support for cap-and-trade energy taxes, President Obama should focus on providing the people of the Gulf with real and honest solutions to this horrible environmental disaster that this Administration has been slow in waking up to.”

Filed under: Energy • Michael Steele • Obama Oil Speech Reax • President Obama • RNC
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Chairman of the Republican National Committee issued the following statement

    any statement beginning with that moniker means all reaction no thinking to follow and it is directed at the democrats solely.

    really GOPers, and specifically Shaft, don't you have any ideas?

    June 15, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. MatthewDetroit

    The Dems are trying to MANIPULATE as always.

    CAP and Trade is a bad bill.
    It kills jobs and raises costs for ALL Americans....CBO predicts rising costs on energy.

    The President is trying to DEMONIZE BP and every energy/gas company.

    VOTE NO ON CAP AND TRADE.

    June 15, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. Can't Respond

    My opinion of Steele's response would be censored.

    June 15, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. bruce boston

    This is the same MIchael Steel who spends the RNCs money on strippers trips. Manipulate Yes he wants to change our reliance on OIL . Period and the Energy Bill is the Beginning not the Final Bill.
    These republicans stand for one thing BIG MONEY and GREED . They could care less about the middle classs Never have and Never Bill. They manipulate the American People with ther American Flag crap as if they are the only Americans.. Obama is himself and he will get things done.. It takes Time.

    June 15, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. GoHomeRNC

    Funny how Steele offers no solutions and nothing constructive. Ignored as baseless rhetoric. Next.

    June 15, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. Celtic

    Looks like Mr Steele put out the reaction before the President's speech, 'cause that ain't what he said. I wish he had, but he didn't.

    June 15, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  7. Riley

    Obama is clueless!

    June 15, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. Larry

    The President didn't manipulate anything Steele. He stated what this country has known for 40 yrs, but always ignored. We need to get energy independent.

    You're so used to lying, Steele, your statement doesn't even reflect what the President said.

    June 15, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. Former Republican, now an Independent

    It is sickening to see the people who were reckless with banking regulation, worker safety, and countless other things, including oil drilling, are now trying to shift the blame to someone who inherited their train wreck!

    June 15, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. ZacATL

    okay, so do we want more rage from obama, or more ambivalence about this?

    oh, we want it both ways. got it thanks.

    June 15, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. Susan L.

    Oh, for goodnes sake. But, then, what do you expect from a worthless mouthpiece like Steele.

    June 15, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. Wayne

    I think some of the first words out of the President's mouth were to hold BP accountable for the compensation to the American residents of the Gulf. I did not hear energy tax, but I hear the republicans already to defend the oil companies. The republicans, just like when Obama took office does not want him to succeed, there for they will hold the country up from progress. The President spoke about are nat'l security, our reliance on foreign oil, our need to produce clean energy.
    How can the President be critized for exploiting the tragedy AND not doing anything about it, funny Steele does not mention the people of the Gulf area, he only is concerned about critizing Obama. Who is exploiting the tragdey now?

    June 15, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Oh how fast THEY forget. Let's change just a few words:

    “Manipulating this tragic, national crisis for selfish political gain not only demonstrates President Bush’s inability to aptly lead our nation out of a disaster, but also reveals the appallingly arrogant political calculus of this White House. Exploiting the tragedy in the USA to try to ram through a devastating people-killing war is more of the same Oil-man politics that has the President’s approval ratings plummeting. Instead of trying to get the "man that tried to kill my daddy" by manufacturing imaginary WMDs, the President should provide the people of Afghanistanistan with real and honest solutions to capture and kill Bin Laden."

    June 15, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. Wayne

    And those IDEAS to help the Gulf are WHAT, MR. Steele? It looks like he didn't finish his statement, it fell short on ideas as all of repblican comments.

    June 15, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  15. Robert Warner

    The President set forth a path no negate our need to consume oil at our present rate, to spend the billions we now send to other nations-some hostile- at home on our own industry, and the best that Steele can come up with is this long-winded version of "drill, baby, drill!"? What a waste the GOP has devolved into.

    June 15, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. joe m

    sad thing is if the tables were turned, the GOP would do the same. the president is not effectively managing this situation, and the GOP is not helping much with workable ideas.

    June 15, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. Tari Torch Sweeney - Shaker Heights, OH

    I am so absolutely sick and tired,and disgusted by responses/comments such as this of Michael Steele that I cannot even listen or read news anymore. No one wants to get along. Obama has offered the olive branch, just keep your mouth shut, Steele. This goes for anyone regardless of party affiliation, who cannot find a way out of this mess...and be part of the solution...not more of the problem.

    June 15, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    steele, shut up!!!
    Did we listen to the same speech tonight? It's obvious this is the crying battle for the disgusting repugs regarding the oil spill.
    You do realize that the Gulf is full of oil, right? Just wondering why the job of a few if more important than those whose jobs are probably lost forever. Never mind the wildlife, but then again do you shoot wolves from helicopter and kill pups in their dens also.
    I give the President kudos for not mentioning that once again the Senate is standing in the way of an energy bill.
    I think we should put you all in a plane headed for Britain with that half retarded twit then not let you come back into the US.
    What a wonderful way of getting rid of all you morons once and for all.

    June 15, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  19. CathyinAZ

    While I believe the President has room for improvement in dealing with this crisis and should take over the entire operation from BP, Michael Steele should just SHUT UP and go about doing what all members of the GOP do – NOTHING! We are in this mess due to the Drill Baby Drill crowd (of which he is a member) and will need viable alternatives to the continued reliance on fossil fuels. I for one am hopeful the days of on or off shore drilling ARE OVER!

    June 15, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  20. Cheryl

    I am so sick and tired of nothing but critcism from the republicans – only criticisms no solutions for anything. They just want power and then we can go back to starting more wars and giving big business control of everything in our lives. At least Obama looks out for the common person. May God help him deal with these constant naysayers!

    June 15, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  21. cando

    Are these republicans out of their minds?

    June 15, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  22. Bud Skillman

    The Presidents speech was over at 8:17pm eastern time, Mr Steeles comments were posted at 8:42pm easterntime. One may think that Mr Steele penned his remarks several weeks prior to the speech

    June 15, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  23. JJ

    Boehner, RNC offer solutions for Christ sake, people are suffering because of this crisis, do not politicize it. Help by offering solutions!

    June 15, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. Kenton

    Boy, these guys cannot stand a good president.

    June 15, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. Mickey, NY

    Wow...we expected, and received, nothing short of brain-dead, racist rhetoric from the Republicans.

    Republicans are liars and bigots. They don't even bother to hide it anymore. You make me sick.

    GOP: Domestic terrorists

    June 15, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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