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. Julia- Idaho Native American

    This woman is a danger to democracy, she is crazy as a peach orchard bore.

    June 21, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Chance

    Of course the White House won't comment – Palin is the village idiot. People only watch her to see what she's going to screw up next.

    June 21, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. StoptheOil

    Good grief. So besides being an idiot, Palin is now immature. Great leadership, there. Oh, wait. That's right–you didn't lead, you QUIT.

    June 21, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. dave

    can the Media stop treating Palin like NEWS?

    June 21, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Enrique

    In addition to being a compulsive liar, Sarah Palin is an idiot.

    June 21, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. ART

    Sarah Palin is a sorry excuse for a human being and an embarrassment to women.

    June 21, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Laura

    Rahm Emanual – what a joke. I am so sorry that I voted for this administration. I was wrong and I cannot wait to vote out as many as possible come November and then again in 2012. I am pushing my fellow Democrats to not even nominate Barack in 2012 – he cannot beat anyone that the Pubs put up. He and his whole administration have been a total dissapointment to me.

    June 21, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. XWngLady

    Burton said it...."off the cuff", prepared remarks, just thought it in his head, whatever, it doesn't matter. He said it, because that is what he really thinks...Out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth spoke.......Poof! Be gone Palin.

    June 21, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Jeff in Virginia

    Ms. Palin, as usual, spouting complete and utter nonsense. Emanuel is correct in his characterization of Barton's comments. They do in fact reflect the GOP's philosophy towards Big Oil.

    Being that Emanuel's assertions are correct, that would make Palin a liar. And not for the first time.

    June 21, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Ryan

    easy there, nailin' palin....look in the mirror before you call anyone else "narrow minded."

    Also use a more professional form of communication to speak with you zombie followers

    June 21, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. JonDie

    Emmanuel is a savy politician. However, Palin is a moron, so anything she says, lie or truth, is worthless.

    June 21, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. tag

    right on sarah palin....in fact the entire obama administration is a lie! just look at what was told to the governor of arizonia and what the administration is going to do. lies...lies....lies. throw them all out in november!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 21, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. Scott

    While I'm not a big fan of Rahm, his comments are spot-on. Mr. Barton knew what he was saying.

    June 21, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Julia- Idaho Native American

    did I say bore? well she's that too, but Boar (or pig with lipstick) is a bettery description.

    June 21, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Frank Sellers'

    The White House should ignore Palin; she's just trying to egg them on so she can generate more publicity for herself. Everyone has known since the days of Reagan that Republicans can always be counted on to help the rich get richer and the poor to get them thar prayer chains a-goin'!

    June 21, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. Get a Grip

    You bet Rahm Emanuel is a LIAR along with OBAMA and the rest of his administration. The wouldn't know the truth even if it slapped them on the face!

    June 21, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Randy

    Why are you jamming Palin twit/tweet down our throats. Average Americans are tired of the media covering news like its pro wrestling.

    June 21, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Fed Up

    Come on Sarah. Politicians don't lie. Why would you even say such a thing? There's no slime factor in this administration.

    June 21, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. 50 STATES

    GO away Sarah.....you are an IDIOT!!

    June 21, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. edr

    She has got the nerve! It's the pot calling the kettle black!

    June 21, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. sagebrush

    Sarah Palin is absolutely correct. Rahm Emanuel is just another foul-mouthed Chicago style politician.

    June 21, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Sue, Vienna, VA

    Who cares what Sarah Palin thinks! She's an empty-headed, mindless twit to whom the media gives WAY too much time, and she continues to prove this out time after time.

    June 21, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. Bernice

    HEHEHE..What a lunatic....

    June 21, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Bob Devine

    That's really rich! The most factually challenged political figure in a century is accusing the current administration of lying. Why are Palin's opinions given any media attention at all?

    June 21, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Laurie in Michigan

    I love this guy! You know how I know he did something correct? It made Sarah Palin mad! If she were to ever agree with the guys I voted for I would surely know that the great underground furnace had frozen over. She is a brainless tweet...pun intended and he should be happy she took him to task for his remarks. He was spot on and she knows it! Off the cuff often is code for "what I really think" and is 10 times more telling of a persons mind and character than a prepared speech that is filtered through all kinds of political correctness. I know it pains the GOP today to have their dirty little secret spilled...off the cuff. But it does show their true colors. But those of us who were already paying attention...it was no surprise.

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