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. johnnyhouse

    Since when is this a surprise?

    June 21, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Jeff Kelly

    Of course jRahm is lying! He has done this all of his political life. He lives the lie. As Hillary stated in "The seduction of Hillary Rodham, "it's ok to lie to get elected because you know once you are elected, you will do the right thing for the people". If you believe this, just keep on voting for these lying idiots and be lead down the fool's path.

    June 21, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. John

    Palin seems never to have left the playground.

    June 21, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. dave

    I could really think of better uses for Sarah palins mouth, and speaking the ignorance words that she does is not one of them, I really hope she does not really believe anything she says in anywhere near intelligent, i hope she really understands she is no more than poor white trash, the an ignorant fool that got caught in war, funny is he is such a war hero how the heck did he get caught, but anyways, will someone really be honest and tell this ignorant fool to stop embrassing this country, the other countries are reading this crap and really laughing at us, to know some fools really look up to and empty headed fool who cant raise her own family correctly try to have an opinion on anything, and uneducated fool can only fool those that are as empty headed as she is, and acourse the perverts that love her also, i really would be scared to lay with something like that, the babies dont even come right from her, tells you what the family is made of and whats in the genes.

    June 21, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. Donnatella

    Palin just shut up the truth hurts, you guys care nothing about the common man, all you care about is big business, Mr. Barton cannot take back what he said, how's that drill baby drill working out for ya!

    June 21, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. David Teufert

    Why does the news media continue to waste words on Palin? Do her opinions/views really matter? I think not.

    June 21, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Augenblick

    Palin is calling Emanuel "shallow/narrow minded" and "\politically irresponsible" ? LOL. Look in the mirror, Sarah !

    June 21, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. Josh Trice

    Rep or Dem... they're all liars. And as a Republican, I can honestly say Palin is probably the only one who is not a liar because she is too dumb to know how to lie. She is about as empty-headed as that glassy-eyed witch Pelosi. I cannot believe that the Rep party has allowed her to speak for us. No wonder we are considered out of touch with America.

    As a young person in America, I am at a loss when I step into a voting booth. Who should I elect, a leader who lacks know-how, leadership, and backbone (Obama)? Or someone who doesn't even bother reading up on the issues to know what she is talking about (Palin)?

    As a father, disabled vet, husband, and college grad, I fear for this country... we're truely going down the crapper.

    June 21, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  9. Phil Smith

    This is funny. Barton spoke on his own behalf, as he indicated. He made a stupid political gaffe that betrayed his dependence on oil money for his seat. It did not necessarily reflect GOP party policy; however, it is not a secret that oil money can be found throughout both parties. I don't have a problem with that in principle. I do have a problem with it if the money buys one's soul, and this is what we face with glaring regularity in local, state, and federal government. The greater good of the nation comes first, then the constituents, and so forth. Party should be at the bottom of the list, but usually finds itself at the top.

    Palin is a woman-child and I wish the so-called political commentators and pundits would stop sending attention her way. She is politically irrelevant.

    June 21, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. Rob R

    Mature response: Sen Lisa Murkowski "The WH Chief of Staff is wrong."
    The childish, sarcastic, not-ready-for-prime-time response "Rahm u lie".

    June 21, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. B.Holloran, San Antonio, TX

    This is the same Palin that claimed there was reference to "death panels" in the health care plan, right?

    The same Palin that claims to have a degree in broadcast journalism, when in fact it's a communications degree?

    The same Palin that holds to high family and moral values and has an unmarried daughter giving birth?

    Just checking the credibility of the accuser, that's all. And there is no credibility, but thanks for checking in, Sarah.

    June 21, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. Doc Gordon

    Sarah Palin, with her record, calling ANYONE a liar is enough to make a (fully conscious) non-ditto-head spit a mouthful of coffee over breakfast.

    Anyway, Barton's "shakedown" rhetoric was echoed - on the record - both in GOP releases/internal memos AND in on-the-record statements of other (oil-supported) GOP members of congress.

    Sarah simply insults her devotees' intelligence - and they don't notice. This is the future she proposes? Priceless.

    June 21, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. Jim

    Emanuel certainly used Barton's insanely ill-considered comments to his political advantage, but that hardly constitutes the dishonesty of a "lie".

    Maybe the word "lie" has a different meaning in moose-speak.

    June 21, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. mark

    So, that puppet wants to be the president of the united states of America

    June 21, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  15. Lee

    Please, somebody, tell me how Sarah is relevant to any honest and thoughtful political discourse. CNN and other news outlets need to stop exploiting her and giving her a platform to exhibit her crassness, ignorance, blind-partisanship and fantasy-world approach to politics.

    June 21, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. Hypocrite Spotter

    "Rahm, u lie."

    Nice work, Palin. Tweeting like a teenager? That's definitely presidential material.

    June 21, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    If you can't say anything good don't say nothing but every time Palin open her mouth the press prints it.??????

    June 21, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. Tom in Wheaton

    How apropos that a Twit like Palin uses Twitter to spout her nonsense.

    June 21, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  19. Rudi Merom

    It’s the king is necked story, all is designed to blind the public, there is no deference between republicans and democrats…they all play us. And we the fools like to think that we are in control….

    June 21, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. Keith in Austin

    Sarah is right regarding comments about Rahm Emanual (the disgusting Obambite that coined the phrase; "never let a national catastrophe go to waste".

    This weasel is orchestrating Bozo's energy reform bill (cap and trade) which will lead to more government takeover, higher taxes and $10/gal. gas. Wake up America and put these slimey politicians out of work ASAP!

    June 21, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. US Citizen

    Who cares what Sarah Palin says? Stop reporting what this completely irrelevant person keeps spewing. She does not matter, her husband doesn't matter and her kids don't matter. Continuing to report what she says is like reporting the opinion of the local Dog Catcher concerning the state of the European economy. Let Fox report this as "news and entertainment" which it is neither.

    June 21, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. frayedcat

    thats a pot exagertweeting a kettle black

    June 21, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. DougDC

    To which Rham replied: "Palin? She's still around? Why is anyone listening to that quitter?

    June 21, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. Who Cares

    Her title is what exactly???? Nothing. Who cares what crude spews from her pit pull lips.

    June 21, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. Golfer-in-Chief

    A million Bartons aren't going to save the Dems...

    June 21, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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