June 15th, 2010
08:56 PM ET
13 years ago

Boehner: Obama should not exploit this crisis

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, issued the following statement Tuesday in anticipation of President Obama's Oval Office address:

“While President Obama is speaking tonight, oil will continue to leak from the well and extend its stranglehold on the lives and livelihoods of the people in the affected areas. Even now, nearly two months after disaster first struck, the federal response remains inadequate and disorganized. Americans are rightly angry about this failure of government, and they want to know that their president is focused squarely on stopping this leak, cleaning up this mess, and finding out what went wrong.

“President Obama should not exploit this crisis to impose a job-killing national energy tax on struggling families and small businesses. Both parties should be working together to craft responsible solutions in response to this disaster. There’s nothing responsible or reasonable about a national energy tax that will raise energy costs and destroy more American jobs.

“President Obama will also reportedly address some of the financial issues surrounding the crisis, including the establishment of an escrow fund. These resources should be used to help the victims of this disaster, and not as a slush fund for trial lawyers or Administration officials seeking to paper over their own misguided decisions. BP should be held accountable for the full cost of this disaster – the taxpayers shouldn’t pay one dime – but that money must be directed to where it can be most effective in stopping this leak and aiding the recovery effort.

“I sincerely hope that the Obama Administration will not try to use a crisis made worse by its own failings to score political points on the backs of Americans living and working on the Gulf Coast. This moment demands a call to action based on our shared interest in stopping this leak, cleaning up this mess, and finding out what went wrong.”

Filed under: Energy • John Boehner • Obama Oil Speech Reax • President Obama
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. JES

    You are right but he is. Any leader of the free world wouldn't have waited over 55 days to try and get tough but he was to busy trying to help other Dem's get relected.

    June 15, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. Larry

    Give it a rest Boner.

    I thought you said this wasn't a disaster, remember? At the same time you said BP AND the federal government was responsible for this.

    We're bringing you home in November Orange Man. You're a waste of taxpayers' money.

    We didn't send you to Washington to spend all your time kneeling down to special interests.

    June 15, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. ib

    That's what Obama has been doing from the start. he is using this to promote his green agenda and cap and scam and nothing else matters.

    June 15, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Robert Warner

    I noticed that Boehners party hasn't come up with a solution to stop the leak, and only complain while President Obama has assured the nation that the team of engineers and scientists he has assembled have devised a solution to capture 90% of the leak shortly. Maybe Boehner could stop his political gamesmanship long enough to actually help instead of whine.

    June 15, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. Rob_in_MN

    So let me get this straight, the conservatives are screaming that Obama isn't doing enough, isn't doing anything, blah blah blah. So as soon as he starts trying to do something the say he is "exploiting this crisis"?

    All-righty then.

    June 15, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. Kenton

    Bull Butter to recover the Republicans worst efforts.

    June 15, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  7. Ready for 2012

    I agree with Boehner.

    Furthermore, drilling in the Gulf should continue. There are many jobs that depend on drilling continuing. With the unemployment rate where it is today, it would be foolish and irriational to make it worse by discontinuing driling. Drilling not only impacts the jobs of people who actualy do the drilling, but they're many accountants and managers who specialize on oil and gas accounting.

    June 15, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  8. Chambana-man

    The comments by prominent Republicans are short sited and do nothing to provide a solution to oil addiction. If we follow their advice, our energy problem and our national security will worsen..

    June 15, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. JMarie

    1. Stop finger pointing; focus on fixing the leak and then have mature, sane disucssions about causes and financial remedies. The folks at the hearing today looked like arrogant morons asking questions of the oil company execs. The senators could not run a 7-11 if they had to.
    2. If my job is stopped because the neighboring factory burns and ruins my workplace or a supplier cannot ship parts, those companies do not pay my missed wages. I get whatever I am entitled to by state/fed. Why they think BP should pay for ever last penny is beyond me. (they are being macho since it's a non-US co, imho).
    3. And when D.C. is talking about retroactively changing liabilty limits for BP, that is just unethical.
    It is a huge, awful tragedy, and I am sickened that it happened, but D.C. is handling wrong. And why Obama was not with T Hayworth (sp?) on day one and on a daily conference call with him makes me wonder what the heck he's been thinking. I voted for him, but am saddened at how off-the-mark he is.

    June 15, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. Deport Juan Boner!

    So they accuse the President of being political when they are delivering a political attack as a response to what should be a unpolitical topic. It seems to be that once again our favorite right wing nut job is attacking the government for a well that was drilled and administered by a private corporation. How many jobs has a private industry, the oil industry, killed in their quest for profit. Last time I checked Mr. Boehner is part of the federal government and has not lifted a finger to pass any regulatory legislation or emergency disaster relief money. It seems to me that the same people pointing fingers now, are the same people who dismantled the minerals management agency and turned it into a permit factory for oil exploration. John Boehner is nothing but a political opportunist, and he couldn't care less how many oil soaked birds die, or families are destroyed by the corrupt relationship between the GOP and the oil industry.

    June 15, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. Mickey, NY

    “President Obama should not exploit this crisis..."

    You mean like how Bush exploited the September 11th attacks? Or like how Guiliani exploited the September 11th attacks? Or like how the ENTIRE Republican party exploited the September 11th attacks?

    Boehner, you are a piece of excrement. The best part of you ran down your mamma's leg.

    GOP: Domestic terrorists

    June 15, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  12. crystal

    Boehner, you want the American taxpayer to clean up the mess. You are the one exploiting the middle class who bears the burden for your political jack ups.

    June 15, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. norma

    You can be part of the problem or part of the solution. So far, the republican's behavior is part of the problem.


    June 15, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. steph

    and this is coming from a party that showed pictures and EXPLOITED 9/11. The more I hear the likes of this moron, painlin, republicans and the tea baggers the more i am proud to be a democrat.

    June 15, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  15. The reality is...

    He shouldn't but he is. Makes one wonder if this leak was actually caused for the purpose of pushing the Cap&Trade agenda. BP's ties with Obama should be investigated by an independent commission (if there is such a thing).

    June 15, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  16. Bonnie

    The President's attempt to outline his plan to correct the devestation in the Gulf was lame at best. I am tired of hearing everyone whine about what they want done,

    We need a liason set up between BP and the communities affected, find out what the communities need, confirm that need, and communicate that need to the necessary group to GET IT DONE! I'm amazed that our government and a multi-billion dollar company can't figure this out. It's not brain surgery.

    His plan to have an independent group qualify the financial claims was at least a step in the right direction.

    June 15, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. Brian

    And, how is this "expoitation" any different than the last president's exploitation of 9/11 to make a correlation about WMDs that never existed to go to war. I'm not seeing it.

    June 15, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. w l jones

    Why wast time and money on clean up when the most thing now is stopping the leak. The old saying to many iron in the fire one wont get nothing done a true saying.

    June 15, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    Kind of like Bush didn't exploit 911 to launch a WAR!!!


    June 15, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. Get A Grip

    We're dealing with a community organizer here. That's what Obama does best "exploit this crisis." Something O'blamer learned in 'Community Organizer 101"

    June 15, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. Warren

    If he has nothing constructive to say then why is he saying anything at all.

    Looks to me like this whole statement is nothing but bashing and will do nothing but further divide this country.

    June 15, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. Pam

    Can Boner at least wait until the speech before running his mouth? I'm sure if he knows how to put an end to this disaster the president would more than happy to let him do it.

    June 15, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. RN

    So, Boehner does not want Obama to do what republicans do.
    What the republicans have been doing for the past 18 months is object to everything that Obama has tried to do.
    Boehner needs to shut up and go to the gulf and help.

    June 15, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  24. Laurie

    I sincerely hope that John Boehner is not exploiting tanning beds. I bet Snookie is waiting for another tweet from a Republican bimbo. Shut up Boehner.

    June 15, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. jeff

    Guys like Boehner prove everything that's wrong with Washington. Only a clown like this one could turn it into a political issue. How about actually coming up with some ideas instead of continuing to wallow in your pathetic partisanship?

    June 15, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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