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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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Rahm crawled out of the same political swamp that obama came from, of course he lies on a regular basis. That is the chicago machine "pay to play" way and the really sad part about all of this is that Americans bought in the whole ridiculous notion that obama was going to washington to make things better. Obama is quite possibly the most corrupt prez we have ever had, but "news outlets" were too busy sending plane loads of reporters to wasilla to pay any attention to obama's laundry list of corrupt friends.

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

    We need to clean out eveyone, including Obama, who is in DC since he took office. They are destroying our Nation.

    June 21, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. gary

    Of course Alaska's Sen. Murkowski and former Governor Palin would side with big oil against the American people and the U.S. government. Can you imagine if President Obama made a remark that wasn't in his written script and then he said "it doesn't count"? I'm very tired of Republicans accusing everyone of being a "liar." Even in grade school we teach children to not call others liars just because you disagree with them. It's time for Republicans to give grown up responses.

    June 21, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Shari from Madison WI

    Palin can say anything she wants to thanks to our freedom of speech, however, she is calling the kettle black by saying the republican party is not in bed with the oil companies. All the tax breaks the republicans enacted favored the very rich and the oil companies. I know President Obama and his staff are not perfect, but they are still a far cry better than the last republican staff we had in office. Cheney and Bush were both liars and cheats.

    June 21, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. New York

    Palin also said that mans activities has no effect on global warming or the environment and that nature is just going through a phase. She has also neglected to comment on the "Oil disaster in the gulf” and its effects on our environment. So why would anyone in their right mind listen to Sarah Palin?

    June 21, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. juge

    Sarah, you are the one who is the LIAR LIAR PANTS AFIRE!

    June 21, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. inutah

    I just wish this woman would go away, she is an embarrassment to our country.

    June 21, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. american

    Sara is so irrelevant!

    June 21, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Bobby Marley

    Sarah is just mad because it's so true.

    June 21, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. hal

    I am shocked that I am going to agree with her!

    June 21, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. Donkey Party

    And what better authority do we have on shallow, lying, and narrowmindedness than Sarah the Village Idiot? What an embarrassment and stain on society Palin and her rabid followers are. The world mocks them for their ignorance and the factless faux (Fox) reality they live in.

    June 21, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. Sarah

    Did she draw devil horns and a goatee on his picture, too? Seriously, she is behaving like a moody and spoiled 13 year old girl.

    June 21, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. Mr. Man

    U = an idiot. Go away.

    June 21, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. beekabeck

    Palin calling someone a liar? Pot, meet kettle.

    June 21, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Florida Joe

    If Palin (God forbid) ever hopes to be taken seriously (which she will not be) sending tweets is not the way to respond. She should schedule a news conference.........no wait, she puts her foot in her mouth when she speaks........nevermind, keep up the tweets.........What an IDIOT

    June 21, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Peace

    While GOP came quickly to clear out the atmosphere of this issue, their empty suit is adding fuel on fire. What kind of thinking this woman has?

    June 21, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. DAT

    And if anyone knows lying, it's Sarah. ("Death Panels" anyone?)

    June 21, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Erika

    "The White House has not responded to Palin's comments." Nor should they respond...

    June 21, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. Dustin

    Takes one to know one.

    June 21, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. tylerkad

    When did Sarah Palin buy CNN? Really.... reporting on such a dimwit as mainstream news. For heaven sakes, she uses Twitter and Facebook for her correspondences. Since you can't cover the real news well anymore Please do tell us what she had for breakfast this morning as well.... Please.. please... please..

    June 21, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  21. Brad

    Palin is the biggest lying, piece of trash in this country. So to her I would say, "It takes one to know one!"

    June 21, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. Randall in Torrance, CA - Last time I checked, Palin was a nobody, oh and guess what? She still is.

    Sarah Palin, please wake up from your druken coma. YOU DO NOT MATTER AND YOU NEVER WILL! You are lucky that America even allows retarded low IQ ex-politicians to retain their ciztizenship. Otherwise, you'd be living under a porch in Alaska somewhere hiding from BIIG GOVERNMENT. Boo. Watch out here comes the boogey man. He's gonna get you and take away your freedom.

    June 21, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  23. tom

    Sarah Palin is stupidity personified. Isn't time we insist on IQ tests for political candidates?

    June 21, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. Me

    All politicians lie. What is new?

    June 21, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. chefdugan

    The Republican Party is in the pockets of any big business that wants it. Intellectual zero's like Palin don't really deserve the attention they get. and her vapid remarks are quickly forgotten. Lord delivers us from an airhead like that.

    June 21, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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