June 21st, 2010
12:00 PM ET
4 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
spill.

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. Anne

    Why do we care what Palin says? We all should be very concerned about what Barton said? He received a huge campaign contribution from BP – what a surprise!

    June 21, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. RinMaine

    So he says to look upon the actual performance of Barton and judge for yourself whether this person is a loyal citizen. Now St. Sarah and St. Lisa want to call him a liar because he asks you to judge on the evidence. Palin wants to tell you what to think, that you are incapable of judging for yourself. He is right about Barton and he is right about these two empty-headed twits who like being praised because their people are fascists.

    June 21, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. Dale

    Sara puts the "twit" in twitter.

    June 21, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. Bert

    What did he lie about Sarah? TImes up nothing, the Rapeublicans are funded by big oil. You lost get over it!

    June 21, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. felicia

    Palin is a abnormal fool who has nothing else better to do but to start mess. Personally i don't trust rahm, i think my president should of picked someone else. President Obama is doing a wonderful job who is surrounde bt deceit.

    June 21, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. MR AMERICA

    We all know what the GOP thinks of Big Business. Let them run free, lower their taxes, cut their regulations, allow them to pollute, poison, etc. etc.

    This whole story reminds us of George H W Bush stating that "it's never been proven that cigarettes cause cancer" all the while taking in big money from big tobacco.

    The problem with their philosophy is that helping big biz does NOT help the economy....as has been PROVEN over the last several decades under Reagan and both Bushes.

    So no, Sarah Palin...U LIE, and we all know it.

    June 21, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. R.E.B.

    DRILL BABY DRILL PALIN is wrong again . When is she going to get something right. She should go back to Alaska and take care of her kids and be a MOTHER for a change.

    June 21, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. Gary

    Here's an idea. stick Palin in the bottom of that pipe and see if she can stop the oil. If she can't, well it would still be fun to watch and no loss.

    June 21, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    Sarah, put this in your tweeter and tweet it: Rahm spoke the truth, as did Barton. Everyone who is not a republican knows what the republican party is all about: money, power, and more money. It has nothing to do with human beings and it certainly has nothing to do with this Country. You see, we Democrats have known all this for years. It is the republicans who have been dazzled by abortion rights, gun rights, and lower taxes that were not in the "know". Well now they are and I dare say your dysfunctional party has lost quite a few voters with this realization.

    June 21, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. ATR

    Rahm is right. The GOP couldn't care less about the environment or the people of the Gulf Coast. They have a policy of supporting big oil at any cost. Sarah, go away. You are the liar and have no idea what you are talking about. Stupid, vapid women.

    June 21, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. TheTraveler

    Palin is an idiot (imagine that). Emmanuel it called right on the nose. Barton read prepared statements and has revealed, once again, the true allegiance and nature of the GOP. The GOP would rather save their own worthless hides and those of Big Oil and Big Business rather than to see justice done and their constituents concerns represented.

    And talk about "the pot calling the kettle black", Sarah, the epitome of "political irresponsibility" is walking out on your constituents before your term of office up. You also lied to them when you took your oath of office because you failed to serve them as you were sworn to do. You're as shallow as they come. When the outside money got good, you walked out on your constituents and pursued only your own self interests. Your narrow minded attitude is more then painfully exposed every time you post or speak...

    June 21, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Barton is a jerk. Palin is a boob. And yes Barton's remarks ARE GOP oil policy..... I wish Boob Palin would shut her mouth.

    June 21, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  13. Senator

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

    No one else should respond either–When I grew up in the late sixties when a child (Palin) was acting out the adults would ignore them and then that child would get somewhere and settle down. Palin needs to be ignored: Commit to not responding to any news about her.

    June 21, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  14. Dennis

    Now one would think that when is comes to lying, Sarah Palin would be the resident expert. I mean she even comes up with lies about the lies, what are about the lies. However, it this case she is dead wrong and sorry she can't help it and is lying again.

    So, forget about the rhetoric and take a few intelligent moments and look at the action. The Republican party has been in bed with big oil for years and years, fighting to give them big tax breaks, big profits and big bonuses to their executives. Did any of the benefits of this corporate welfare flow down to YOU the average CONSUMER. What are you paying for gasoline now compared to 1999? Look it up!!! So YOU as the TAXPAYER GET to pay for HUGE executives bonuses, but also GET TO pay HUGE premiums to fill up your car.

    So, I really do think we should all say "we're sorry" to the big, poor, responsible, oil companies. My heart is bleeding.

    June 21, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  15. Ex-republican

    Obviously struck a nerve, eh? Republican principles consist of LIES, HYPOCRISY, OBSTRUCTION. If American voters were just a shade smarter than a slug, the GOP would have gone the way of the Whig Party of long ago.

    June 21, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  16. Crazy Harry

    shallow/narrowminded/political/irresponsible?

    Now isn't that the pot calling the kettle black.

    She continues to amaze me with her total stupidity and lack of intelligence. I think it's time that the "death panel" rules on her.

    June 21, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. Eric

    Wait.... Death Panel/Can't Fulfil her term as governor/Comments on speeches after she has already confirmed she didnt watch them Palin is calling someone else.. umm... shallow/narrowminded/political/irresponsible... Am i missing something here?

    June 21, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. Chas in Iowa

    Facts are facts,..sometimes the truth is a bitter pill to swallow.
    Follow the money Palin had best sit this one out.

    June 21, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. Chuck G

    And by getting in the fray Palin shows what everybody knows, the Regpugs are the owned by Big Business. That was Emanuel’s point and by Plain getting her panties in a wad over the statement she just proves him right.

    June 21, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  20. Leslie

    Sorry Sarah but Rahm Emanuel is right on target with you lying repubs, every day repubs do absolutely nothing but whine and lie to get their way, completely forgetting their job is to uplift the American People, not keep dragging and dumming them down.

    June 21, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  21. Get With The Program

    Rahm, you spoke the truth. People ARE forgetting what the GOP stands for, too. BIG OIL, WALL STREET, and the DRUG COMPANIES.

    Wish she'd just shut up and go away.

    June 21, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  22. GE in MD

    Palin doesn't understand the difference between opinion and lie. Emanuel's remarks about GOP philosophy are an opinion of what the GOP philosopy really is.

    June 21, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  23. ann

    Rahm is telling the TRUTH....something most Republicans never do. Barton should be run out of town on the horse he rode in on, which I'm sure was a jackass. To apologize to BP that we the people expect them to pay for their damages to our beautiful Gulf is unbelievable....not to mention the 11 lives that were taken…Drill Baby Drill... caribou Barbie Palin, would not know the truth if it bit her in the butt. I guess the truth hurts if you are not used to it......How’s the winkey, lying going for ya caribou Barbie???

    June 21, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  24. Texan

    Palin is a very successful former governor. She took major credit for a $40B pipeline across Alaska. With all her executive experience, especially in the oil and gas field, why has she been totallyh silent and not offered some viable solutions to the BP spill and clean-up? Did she not learn anything from her vast executive experience? Or is she now too distracted with her breast augmentation to think of anything else? Put her mouth over the BP well to stop the oil flow. She should be able to handle that.

    June 21, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  25. anthony

    I will like to point out to Ms. Palin that the Republican Study Group, consisting of 119 conservative House Republicans, released a statement calling the fund a "Chicago-style political shakedown."
    That is the title of their statement. They call a fund set up by BP to compensate the victims of the Gulf oil spill a political shakedown. Please explain that, Ms. Palin.

    June 21, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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