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. Michael G.

    Palin must keep her computer hot with her "tweets" staying in the spotlight. Two thirds of the House Republicans signed a statement that said basically the same thing as Barton did verbally. it was posted on MSNBC and released with Friday's news. Must the media continue publishing the retorts from a brain dead loser ??

    June 21, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Robert Fotoples

    Sarah Palin should know exactly what lying is. She is quite adept herself with the concept....

    June 21, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. anagram_kid

    “…shallow/narrowminded/political/irresponsible…” If you add narcissist, eternal victim and quitter this would be a perfect description of Palin herself.

    June 21, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. Russ

    It IS the GOP philosophy, coming from the "drill baby drill" nutcase, this GOP backpeddling doesn't carry any water...

    June 21, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Lester Tavens

    All the American voters want is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. All the negative statements by one party toward the other party does nothing for the country. Stop complaining and blaiming others. Don't do just what is good for you, but what is good for the country. I believe the politicians are just looking out themselves and not the American people.

    June 21, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. larry

    sarah is the liar.....100 republicans signed off on Barton's statement about the shakedown of BP. It's in writing but they go on tv and lie about it.....but I guess the only thing sarah reads is her own press.

    June 21, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Barbara Caniff

    This is really funny. Sarah Palin is so dumb she wouldn't know a liar if she saw one. Why don't she just go and set on her back porch and see what Russia is doing. She is a disgrace to America.

    June 21, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. JohnRJ08

    Pot, meet kettle.

    June 21, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Dean

    A member of the Obama team lying? Sarah, shame on you. I'll bet Obama won't get you any tickets to baseball games.

    June 21, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. RedMike

    If it was truly an "off-the-cuff" comment than why did it say almost the same thing on the GOP congressional website the day before Barton spoke? The GOP website even used the "shakedown" phrase. That's likely where Barton got it.

    The irony is thick when a political snake-oil salesman like Palin accuses someone else of lying. What's next? Michelle Bachman accusing someone of grandstanding & adopting flavor-of-the-day populist principles?

    June 21, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. shadysider

    Politically irresponsible? That's not hypocritical. It's not like she's formenting dissent, attempting to question the nationality of her political opponents, asserting they're a Muslim Manchurian candidate whose poltical vision was formed by radicals and terrorists. Oh, that was her?

    June 21, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. jayh

    "The White House has not responded to Palin's comments." - um, why should they bother to respond to such stupidity?

    June 21, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Eric

    Rahm Emmanuel a liar?

    June 21, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Tom

    Palin is such a credible and important person.

    June 21, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. independent

    Why is this news? She's a nobody. No brain, No party, No office. Party of No.

    June 21, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Progressive Texan

    The problem with Sara Palin is that she takes everything at face value and doesn't know how to read between the lines. Rahm Emanuel said that Joe Barton's comments "exposed" the GOP philosophy, not that they expressed the stated philosphy of the party. Everyone knows that the Repuublican Party has been closely allied with big oil since the inception of the industry. That is not a criticism of the party or the industry, just a statement of fact. Therefore, it's not a lie. Besides, where does "Drill, baby, Drill" Sara Palin get off calling anyone shallow, narrowminded, political, or irresponsible? She can't remember what she reads, she quit her job before then end of her term, and she accused the President of the United States of "...palling around with terrorists"? Good job, Sara!

    June 21, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Hendrik

    Palin the witch is talking about lying? Hahahahahaha.

    Death panels eh.

    You twit.

    June 21, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. carlos

    does not matter how you sick, repulsive, repugnants SPIN the anti american barton comment and apology to bp, it was putrid.....

    June 21, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. P.D.

    On behalf of the Democrats, Thank You Sarah Palin and Lisa Murkowski. Anything that keep's Joe Barton's comments in front of the public is a win for our side.

    June 21, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. confused

    Who cares, please Palin, go away!

    June 21, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. RJ

    Rahm is right. Air head Palin and crazy Joe Barton love BP. Both are in the back pocket of oil companies.

    June 21, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Carmelle


    That's just great.

    Be careful $arah, say all you want about Rahm, the last time you attacked him, you ended up looking like nasty hypocrite (Rush can say retard, but Rahm can't...even about his own party). Before that, he made RL the party leader which, of course, took its legitimacy away.

    hahaha. that' should be fun to watch.

    June 21, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Frank G. in IL.

    Thank you America's news media(s) for continuing to enhance the relevance (by publicizing every word) emanating from this deep thinking "politician" Sarah Palin.

    June 21, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. Joe800

    ...Rahm is 100% right... Finally someone from the good guys has had the guts to say it...Note to White House: its not too late to name a special prosecutor to expose the lies & corruption of the Bush/Cheney cartel...

    June 21, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Sarah, U stupid.

    June 21, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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