June 21st, 2010
12:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Palin calls Emanuel a liar

 Emanuel is under fire from Sarah Palin.

Emanuel is under fire from Sarah Palin.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is taking aim at White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, characterizing the top Obama aide as an irresponsible liar.

"Rahm, u lie," Palin wrote on Twitter Sunday after Emanuel said on ABC's This Week that Republican Rep. Joe Barton's controversial apology to BP last week exposed the political philosophy of the Republican Party.

"That's not a political gaffe, those are prepared remarks," said Emanuel. "That is a philosophy."

"RahmEmanuel= as shallow/narrowminded/political/irresponsible as they come,to falsely claim Barton's BP comment is "GOP philosophy," Palin also tweeted in reply to Emanuel's comments.

The White House has not responded to Palin's comments.

At a House committee hearing Thursday intended to grill BP CEO Tony Hayward, Barton instead drew the headlines for an opening statement that apologized to BP over the $20 billion account to pay damage claims that the company created at the request of President Barack Obama.

Barton's statement – which was quickly retracted under pressure from House GOP leadership – provided Democrats an opportunity to deflect growing public disenchantment with how the government was responding to the oil disaster.

Acknowledging the political gift handed to his party by Barton, Emanuel also said on ABC that Barton's comment and other pro-BP statements by Republicans including Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul would be a factor in the November congressional elections.

"In case you forgot what Republican governance is like, Joe Barton reminded you," Emanuel said, adding the GOP considers BP the "aggrieved party" instead of the oil giant responsible for the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

However, a statement later Sunday from the House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans said Barton spoke off the cuff. The statement included what it said were his prepared remarks, which made no mention of an apology to BP or criticism of the fund the company created to pay for damages from the oil

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of oil-rich Alaska also challenged Emanuel's comments, telling the CNN program "State of the Union" that the White House chief of staff was wrong.

UPDATE: White House spokesman Bill Burton responded to Palin's tweet Monday in the daily briefing with reporters.

"As a leader of the Republican Party, people would be interested in knowing whether or not she thinks that, as Congressman Barton said, that $20 billion set aside in a fund to pay the claims of people who have been harmed by the BP oil spill was a shakedown. I don't think that the American people think that," Burton said.

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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Jay Kay, Minneapolis

    Palin, SHUT UP! I'm sick to death of you!

    June 21, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Angel

    It may not be the philosophy of the Republican party as a whole, but we all know it is the philosophy of Republican leaders.

    Emanuel may not be the most likable guy on the hill and may at times lie, but I think this time, he hit the nail on the head.

    oh yeah...and Joe Barton is a douche to apologize to BP about anything. C'mon really Joe? On television? Give me a break!

    June 21, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. roro

    The real liar here is Palin. Let's not forget the "death panels", pallin' around with terrorists", she reads "all of them", etc. etc. etc. The GOP is in the pocket of the oil industry and that's just a fact.

    June 21, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Eric

    Calling a Chicago Democrat a liar is like calling water wet.

    June 21, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Beachbum3

    I personaly agree 1000% with the white house chief of staff mr emmanual . as he state what he feels is the whole republican partys natural party views when it comes to the likes of BP AN THE COPORATE INSTREST IN THIS COUNTRY overall they republican party has always been the party of the rich coporate special instrest groups in this country an they have always had their hands out to them for campaign finiance. anin my own personal estimation sarah palin iis just another far right winged nut period an i hope that she runs for the pffice of president again in 2012 just so that i can vote against her thank you

    June 21, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Jim M

    Why does anyone care about what she says or Tweets?

    June 21, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. blue

    Barton read from a prepared text, of course, it was planned. It did not get the reaction that he was planning on. He wanted all of the GOP to agree with him. Even if they did think it, tjhey had more sense than to admit it. Poor Barton! All alone on his tree branch.

    June 21, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. CC Pennes

    talk about liars, omg the pot calling the kettle black!!!!!

    June 21, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Terry in Iowa

    Rob Emanuel's comment is not a lie, it’s a personal observation based on the evidence as he perceives it. After all the deregulation, by republican congresses, of the energy, financial, healthcare, etc. sectors and the manner in which many businesses in these sectors have damaged this great nation, it’s not difficult to understand how a rational, intelligent mind could come to the conclusion that republicans are more interested in the well being of corporations then the citizens they represent.

    An example of a lie, would be perpetuating the notion of “death panels” when all credible sources have shown there to be no such thing; yet the liar herself, attempted to get the same language enacted as law when she was governor. If you want more examples, you need only to wait until Ms. Palin opens her mouth again.

    June 21, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. skurfer

    Sarah is the lier in this case3.

    June 21, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. dallasmarine

    Palin, shut already. A person who had a lobotomy has more brains and common sense than you.

    June 21, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. CM

    Only the GOP could claim he was wrong with a straight face. Actions speak louder than Palin's tweets... all one needs to do is look at what theyre currently doing - opposing the consumer protection agency and legislation to lift the damages cap to ensure BP has to take responsibility - to know whose side they're truly on.

    June 21, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. dh458

    HEADLINE: Palin says moon made out of green cheese – the media falls all over themselves to cover the comments. PAHLEASE STOP THE STUPID!

    June 21, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Angus McDugan

    Just like his boss Obama, Rahm is using the disaster in the gulf for political gain.

    Obama and Rahm are not plugging the leak! It's still gushing! Stop the political games, the golf, the concerts, the baseball games, and get your arse to work focusing on the gulf!!!!!!

    Mr. Obama, Leaders do not take time off during a national disaster no matter how long it lasts or how hard you think you're working. Obama goes to a baseball game and Hayward go yachting. Looks like they are 2 peas in a pod.


    June 21, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. Mayr Malool

    and the wicked witch of the north speaks ....again! wish she'd shut the heck up already, why does she, or anyone else, think her opinions matter????

    June 21, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. Jack

    Actually Mz. Palin, a lot of us feel that way after Bush, deregulation, Katrina, Enron and Halliburton.

    Sara, u rant.

    June 21, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. Fred

    Pre written testimony is not a "gaffe". The Republican who apologized profusely to BP because Obama talked them into showing some responsibility was reading from his own well thought through and vetted policy statement!

    So in Palin's world telling the truth = a "lie"???


    June 21, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Dave

    Joe Barton, Michele Bachmann, and Tom Pointer stated what every other republican congressman and senator believes. They just had the guts to say it. Nobody is fooling anybody here.

    June 21, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. chris

    I can't believe she has a degree in journalism, she tweets like a 6-year old. Republicans should be ashamed of her, at least those with an IQ higher than 60.

    June 21, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Tomasz

    Any comments coming from the lips of Saranoya "Death Panel" Plain is not even newsworthy.

    June 21, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. Greg

    Sarah Palin is a quitter. Quitters do not get my respect.

    June 21, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Emmanual MAY be a liar..........but Palin is most certainly a village idiot.

    Just one man's opinion.......

    June 21, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. jason

    if i remember from the election for president, palin who was the true socialist took money from big oil and gave it to alaska citizens...why cant she ever think before she speaks. her an rush should have their own radio program.

    June 21, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. Matt

    "Rahm, u lie" – what is she, in 5th grade?

    June 21, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. dave

    Someone please make this nobody (Palin) go away.

    June 21, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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