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. vicgal

    Emanuel should sue Palin for slander!

    June 21, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. billyboy

    tweet tweet Sarah

    June 21, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. steve

    I'm shocked!, shocked! that the GOP would deny that they side with Big Oil. The protest too much. Barton's scolding apology is exactly in line with Republican thinking – epitomized by Cheney's secret meetings with Big Oil where he, with a wink and a nod, gave them the ok to do as they please, including cutting back on and ignoring safety precautions. The Gulf spill is a direct result of this GOP only meeting. The contortions that Palin is going through to convince us that Emmanuel is wrong belong in a circus. This is typical GOP hypocrisy and lying in their tireless effort to make greed a virtue.

    June 21, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Didn't know Emanuel can see Russia from his house LOL

    June 21, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Cheri

    Name-calling...geesh...will this woman ever shut up?

    June 21, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. Larry

    Barton's comment is the GOP philosophy. That's not news to anyone.

    Look at the comments Boehner, Murkowski and Bachmann have made defending BP in this spill.

    June 21, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. roseadelaide,

    Same old same old. If Palin had a clue what the issues were, her comments might be taken seriously. As it is, however, she doesn't know what she's talking about. She reacts to the lowest common denominator of her followers.

    June 21, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. David in Chicago

    I believe that Rahm's comments are true to a point.

    Republicans generally believe in the idea of "trickle down economics". This is where, by lowering taxes and protecting large businesses... those businesses will "trickle down" those savings/protections/deregulation by showering the citizens of the USA with money and jobs.

    This is a widely held belief amongst Republicans. Barton's apology makes sense and indeed is a perfect example of the GOP philosophy.

    Now, I don't think ALL Republicans but the vast majority are a big fan of Reaganomics.

    June 21, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. R Kolar

    To Sarah "Drill Baby Drill" Palin, facts are lies and lies are facts. Where exactly did Emanuel lie? This is and has always been Republican philosophy. One might disagree but this is not a lie. How could the WH respond to this utterly incoherent statement devoid of support? Political discussion in this country has sunk to quoting this golddigger? Big Oil dictated this country's energy policy for 8 years under Cheney/Bush but lets not talk facts and there consequences.

    June 21, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Cariboob Barbie

    Sorry, the actions of the GOP over the last 30+ years don't support your claim! Name one environmentally beneficial piece of legislation from the GOP. Just one. Hello?

    June 21, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. Rosslaw

    Barton's comments were obviously heartfelt on his part and not off the cuff. Just like Michelle Backman's comments that President Obama is "fleecing" BP and Haley Barbour's initial opposition to a $20 billion escrow until he tested the political winds, as well as his blasting the "left" for calling for better, aka honest, regulation of the drilling industry. The Republican party would shift the entire cost of the clean up to the US taxpayer and ignore the 11 dead in a hearbeat if they thought they could survive the polical aftermath.

    June 21, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. BeCuziSed

    Palin u r a twit. Go GOBP!!

    June 21, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. ST

    There is no a bigger insult than calling a person "a liar". Where was this woman when Joe Wilson said it and apologised for it. Is this arrogance or ignorance? Any one taking Sarah seriously must think twice.

    June 21, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Rob

    No, Caribou Barbie. You are the shallow liar. We now refer to Republicans as GOBP. Dig?

    June 21, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. jim

    I am so sick of the thug from Chicago.

    June 21, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. LJ

    WHY, I repeat WHY does anyone care what Sarah Palin thinks about political issues? She QUIT during her 1st term as governor. She QUIT on the state of Alaska so she could run for the money. Her political quips and attacks have no credibility, and I wish the media would ignore her.

    June 21, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. Dale

    Like a tweet from a has-been nobody is going to affect anything. And to go the whole trembling-lips, on the verge of tears route that Palin has (you'd think she was stamping her little foot while tweeting this) is hardly going to make a difference (unless it was laughter that she was after here).

    On the other, she certainly would know about lying to fulfill commitments to her overseers (the oil companies). Takes a thief and all that.

    June 21, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  18. A. Lloyd Flanagan

    This would be more noteworthy if Palin hadn't already proven herself a pathological liar. Nothing she says should be taken for anything but entertainment value.

    June 21, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Jean

    Rahm got it right. I live in Texas and I can tell you the Republicans here never met an oilman they didn't love - Can you say GWB? Was Ms. Palin in on the meeting with Dick Armey outlining the Republicans response? Probably not. Ms. Palin herself would not know the truth if smacked here betweeen the eyes! Quite simply–Ms Palin you do not know what you are talking about (as usual).

    June 21, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. Riley

    Palin is right on. Emmanuel is so WRONG. The democrats are trying to distract the voters away from their horrible record of "leadership".

    June 21, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. RA OHIO

    Prepared, unprepared, no difference. When you are on the committee sitting in front of an official hearing it doesn't matter if you wrote it down, didn't write it down or if you repeat what the little voices in your head are saying. You are still responsible for your remarks, Sarah.

    The GOP is a SHILL for the oil industry. Anybody remember the BUSHES? BUSH(1, 2) + TEXAS = OIL. BUSHES/Saudi Arabia...I could almost believe in conspiracy theories when it comes to BIG OIL. They were sure all reading from the same page for their emergency procedures, which boil down to "LIE PROFUSELY," then "PANIC QUIETLY," then "APOLOGIZE INSINCERELY."

    June 21, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  22. Duck Fallas

    Why isn't Bristol in Afghanistan? Sarah can watch the kid. She's REAL good at it.

    June 21, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. Bob from Bridgeport

    For the life of me i can not understand why anyone would pay this numb skull any attention – much less the upper echelon of government. She is an on going joke that ceased to be funny the moment she was picked for the VP position. You would think the republican party would have placed her back in the closet or some place she would never be found – much less the point guard on a very bad team. As a Republican i am very embarrassed by the lack of leadership and lack of direction that represents our party today and i will express my disapproval in the only way that i can-short of strapping on a vest. The republican party is taking on water on dry land-go figure!

    June 21, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. DAVE

    Sara Palin is a coward who quit halfway through an elected term as governor and now , like cowardly Vietnamese snipers of the 1960's sits behind her telephone and the twit twits out meaningless garbage. Why is this woman news and why does she think she matters?

    June 21, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. BOWSKI

    Why should anyone even be paying any mind at all to what Palin says ? Seriously.

    June 21, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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