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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  1. Brian Bowers

    I cannot understand why ANYONE CARES what Sara Palin says! She's a SOCK PUPPET, like George Bush was. I do not beleive she originates anything that she is quoted on.

    June 21, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. JAK

    Thank God, Palin found something to get her mug back into the news! I was wondering when she'd find a crack big enough to squeeze through all that's going on to try to spin her web. What a loser. Her state has been funded by oil revenue for most of her time there (does she even live there anymore?) and she thinks they can do no wrong. Drill this, baby! You're an idiot!

    June 21, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. RAS

    Hey CNN, do you ever get tired of being Sarah Palin's mouthpiece? She's too chicken to actually do any interviews with anyone other than her sycophantic co-workers at Fox, so you just re-publish every half-witted comment she puts on Facebook or Twitter? Way to go, professional journalists!

    June 21, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Laurie

    Look at the pot callin the kettle black to all of her 8th grade bffs on Twitter. What an immature, creepy, disturbed thing this so called woman is. She makes my skin crawl. Drill baby, drill Sarah.

    June 21, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. jeff in sf

    Is it news when the pot calls the kettle black?

    June 21, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. steven harnack

    Palin can quack all she wants but the Republicans can't change the definition of gaffe. That was no off the cuff mistake in what he was trying to say, that was a thought out statement of his true beliefs. Never in my life have I seen anyone have to apologize for an apology. To let them get away with calling it a gaffe the definition of gaffe will have to be changed.I suppose they are just as willing to say that Helen Thomas was only guilty of a gaffe when she spoke what was on her mind?

    June 21, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. America Shrugged

    Let's face it. The GOP philosophy is to let the market do what it does naturally without interference from the GOV. The other philosophy is that unfettered free market capitalism is not always the answer and so regulations are needed to help prevent disasters like what we are experiencing in the Gulf right now. Of courseif you are going to be a regulator, it would be helpful to make sure you are providing oversight and not hiring Energy company friendly staff which aren't really doing much of anything. I'd replace the entire department with competent people. Too many leftovers from previous administrations. I wish Obama would clean house. I think this country would be better served as would he.

    June 21, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. phil

    . These people, this administration, don't care as much about helping deal with the oil spill as they care about the political ramifications to themselves. During the campaign, it was brought up by some people
    (not the media, of course), that Obama had never really run anything. The answer given by his "camp" was that he had run his campaign. Well, that is what he is still doing. That is obviously all that this team of Chicago fast talkers can do. They are all spin, complete spin, and nothing but spin.
    Here's the truth, and I don't care to hear your unjustified attacks against Palin. If she were the Vice President, the oil would never have reached the shore. That's the truth. You people elected a talker, and that's what you got.

    June 21, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. Quickie

    How does one know if Sarah Palin is telling the truth? She died in her sleep. The rethoric this loud obnoctious person spurts out is inflamatory and ridiculous. Let's solve this problem, take the country back and execute her for treason. Was it not FOX NEWS ANALYSIS that stated that attacking the Pres (this was during Bush's Reign) during wartime is an act of war.

    June 21, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Wayne from Greenville

    That's a laugh. Caribou Barbie is a known pathological liar, and she get paid for it by Faux News.

    June 21, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Brian

    He is just leftover vermin from the Clinton administration. He wasn't worth crap then so why change now. Actually, he fits right in with the present inept, incompetent, corrupt and arrogant administration. With his help, Obama can reach new lows.

    June 21, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Lolly

    Stop tweeting. No one cares what you think.

    June 21, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Dano

    Well isn't that cute? Carabou Barbie learned how to tweet – or is that how she usually writes? Barton did say that BP was owed an apology so exactly what part is she claiming Emmanual lied about?

    June 21, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Heuib

    Prepared or not prepared it was a comment that he made. Regardless if it was part of the republican party philosophy or not it appears to be part of his philosophy.

    June 21, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Linda C

    I agree with Palin! Nothing surprises me anymore coming out of the White House. The MSM has no problem bashing BP's CEO for going sailing - WHAT ABOUT OBAMA GOING GOLFING? I guess the MSM has no problem with their boy Obama golfing in the middle of a catastrophe...

    Bottom line here is that the American people had it with BO's administration incompetence!!! AND, YES, RAHMBO, IS ONE BIG FAT LIAR!!!

    June 21, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. dirk diggler

    either way...... republican, democrat, independent, the guy made a stupid comment and forgot he works for the american people NOT himself, oil or the government. Just for being stupid the dude should get his ass kicked... IMAGINE this in a company setting.... HR apologizing to a person for investigating a harassment suite in front of the victim.... saying we are so sorry you had to go through this. I know you harassed ms x BUT we are really sorry for having to investigate you.

    Government is clearly out of touch with everything. PERIOD. Time to reestablish a new government agenda.. maybe sell it to the largest corporation... United states of coke or something...

    June 21, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Sparky

    How much truth were YOU telling when you took the oath as Governor of Alaska you friggin idiot.

    Sarah Palin and children are why we invented dictionarys

    June 21, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Darth Cheney

    Palin, as per usual, is not only wrong as the GOP has made SOP out of outrageous comments, followed by (wink, wink) half-apology, but shows her teenage maturity level with her silly schoolgirl texting mini-bite.

    June 21, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. Kem

    Rom is right, it is a philosophy. All the dems need do come election time is to cycle commercials that contain a montage of all the republican madness that has taken place since Obama won the presidency from the shameless bigots holding signs to the shameless racist statements made by politicians already seated; to outright scaring the daylights out of our seniors and lets ot forget the countless affairs and infidelities. It makes for a downright ugly picture of the future... Dems will bring it home hands down.

    June 21, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. hayden zeke

    Only after a tsunami developed did the GOP retract, and Tom Price has gone completely AWOL without retraction. It was a Freudian slip by Barton.

    June 21, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. lolo

    This woman has the nerve to call someone else a liar, when this is all that she does to stay in the limelight. She needs to get therapy and to realize that she lost the election. Only her stupid followers believe the lies that she spew. Please go crawl under a rock. You are not needed to assist anyone in politics.

    June 21, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. George

    If the public had not been so outraged at Barton's remarks, the GOP would never have told him to apologize for it. They are the ones who are liars. The GOP always accuses Dems of things they themselves are guilty of. They call them liars when they are lying. They call them immoral when they are the ones meeting for sex in bathrooms and molesting congressional pages. They call them tax and spenders when they are the ones raising taxes, growing government and reducing taxes for the wealthy only. They bloat the military and spend on nothing else this nation needs accomplished.

    Sarah Palin should give specific examples of how Rahm Emanuel is lying before she calls him a liar. Just saying he's a liar because he expresses his true opinion of the hypocritical GOP is not lying. He is entitled to his opinion, whether she likes it or not. If she really felt he was lying on purpose, she could sue him for slander, but of course, she won't, because her case would be laughed out of court.

    June 21, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. hmmsketch

    Pot and kettle, meet Sarah Palin. I'm sure you'll all be very close friends.

    June 21, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. Ann Pittman

    Please stop reporting on Sarah Palin. Maybe if the news media wouldn't pick up her comments, she would shut up. She just does everything she can to keep her name out there.

    June 21, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Brian

    Keep talking, Sarah. Please.

    June 21, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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