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. panzerpikapp

    It's amusing to me that she makes no acknowledgement of what Barton said.

    June 21, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. DAW NC

    oh my god Sarah claims someone is lying, the women who claimed she could see Russia from her front porch, had diplomatic experience because flights with diplomats flew over her state, that she helped develope a new pipeline that yet does not exist, that she voted against the money for the bridge to nowhere, then took the money anyway. oh yes lets take her word before she resigns from whatever position she is now serving in.

    June 21, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. TM

    And we're supposed to believe Sarah "Drill Baby Drill" Palin?
    Rahm is telling the TRUTH! That was a well thought out, DELIBERATELY worded statement he made, NOT an off the cuff remark.

    Hey Sarah, How's that "Drilly Spilly" thing working for ya?

    June 21, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Anne

    Palin has not had her name in the news for at least two days. Her strategy is to keep her name in front of everyone. Her comments keep her name out there.

    June 21, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. 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 deliver us from an airhead like that.

    June 21, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. JohninIndy

    so, a wildcat repub says something on his own and Emanual immediately politicises. Hey, isnt there STILL a gazillion gallons flowing in the gulf Rahm? Why dont you and Obama wave your wands and make it stop? After all, under Obama the planet would heal, the seas would stop rising, glaciers would stop calving, and he promised that he was the one we were waiting for. Shesh, do we HAVE to keep doing politics as usual?

    June 21, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Jon

    Sarah Palin is like a 15-year-old with her first phone and Twitter account. "OMG, u lie!!" The White House is smart to not respond to this irrelevant quitter.

    June 21, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    OK Failin Palin. Then slam Barton for his stupid comments and make sure everyone knows that you don't share his feelings. Until then, you are with him and everyone else will know that you don't stand for the american people but with big oil

    June 21, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Kevin H

    Joe Barton created agreed upon, prepared remarks and then went his own direction. Looks to me as if he had some green light somewhere because if he didn't not only would the GOP and people like Palin call Barton an idiot – but they would let him know in no uncertain terms that they would not support him for re-election come next election cycle and find themselves a different mouthpiece. But notice that is not the case. Rahm Emmanuel is not saint – by any stretch of the imagination. Personally I don't like the man's tactics – however Barton is representing what many believe is the true voice of the GOP. If anyone thinks the GOP stands for the man on the street think again. These GOPers play a bit dirtier than their Dem counterparts – and Sarah Palin is proof.

    June 21, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Ron Reagan

    Palin certainly knows all about lying.

    June 21, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. once a GOP

    I think this shows exactly what the GOP wants and what they care about. I get that the oil companies give jobs to people in the states and they want to protect their constituants (sp), but really i feel like they are protecting their own pocket books.

    June 21, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Dave

    Get a life woman!!

    June 21, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. DB

    Everyone is a liar according to Palinaccept her, but then she is a big joke and the biggest embarrasment America has produced.

    June 21, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. TimeYouSpeakUp

    This type of political bickering is an example on why nothing can get done in a beneficial fashion when serious issues arise in the United States. Energy is being spent too much on seizing opportunities to make individual parties shine when devastation and destruction have no party affiliation, race, color, or creed.

    June 21, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. taylor

    WOW The comment by Barton was heard around the world. What is Palin talking about. The repugs have proven over and over how they feel about America.... Palin is a big piece of cow manure.

    June 21, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. kitty

    Hey what with the Palin moron, the drill baby drill psycho, I guess she doesn't like hearing the truth. She's the biggest idiot I have ever had the misfortune of reading about. What a loser!!!!

    June 21, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. Blaum

    Rahm... you are overplaying your hand, good sir.....

    best to keep your political venom focused on shutting off oil valves for now..... you know.... since your people are in charge of that sort of thing......

    June 21, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. CR

    The Republican Party is one big shill for corporate special interests. Bought and paid for.

    June 21, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. Dave

    Emanuel is right and Sarah Palin wouldn't know the truth if it bit her on the face. This is a result of two things – she's a serial liar herself and she's simply too dumb to know the difference.

    June 21, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Doug

    The white house is calling it correctly. The GOP wants business to be unregulated and unrestricted, the free market approach. But this is what happens when that is allowed. Companies are not socially responsible, they are all about the bottom line and only when it impacts a significant number of people and communities do they attempt to paint a different picture. Attacks by the GOP against Emanuel are just efforts to deflect attention away from what is part of their core belief, business first, people last.

    June 21, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Daryl

    Sarah Palin just needs to quietly go away. No one is interested in what she has to say.

    June 21, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. suzy diamond

    He IS a liar. This is nothing new and he's PURE EVIL!

    June 21, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. Cat, Holt MO

    This lying, always lying woman, has some nerve calling someone else a liar. She could not tell the truth if her life depended on it.
    She is a stupid moron, whose only interest is in padding her pockets. Who ever dug this slug out of the ground, did us no favors.
    Palin, go get back in the hole you belly crawled out of. You give all Americans a bad name. STUPID STUPID STUPID MORON OF THE WORLD.

    June 21, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. rob

    BP will be held responsible and rightly so but the Administration and their friends in the media, especially DNCNN, are using BP as a shield aginst taking blame for the failure of thr regulators ( the head of MMS was Fired with no explanation and no follow up from the media) and the horrible response in the clean up efforts.

    DNCNN also left out Emanuel's comment theat iwould be "Dangerous" if the Republicans regain power in the Nov elections. The Dems will try to "Tar" the republicans with labels of protecting "Big Oil" but it is the Dems who got the largest contributions from "Big Oil" and it was the Obama Administration whose MMS looked the other way when giving BP the licenses to build this Rig. It was also the Dems who controlled Congress since Jan 2007 and had OVERSIGHT on Government Agencies like MMS.

    How about a little real follow up CNN, you know, Digging into stories and REPORTING.

    June 21, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. susie

    Talk about the kettle calling the pot black. This woman is the ulitimate liar. Every time she opens her mouth she utters untruths and devious innuendos, twisting the facts to suit her.

    It is about time she returned to her walled shack in Alaska and lived the life of the redneck that she is. She refers to herself as a pit bull with lipstick. That about sums her up.

    June 21, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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