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. Hector

    WOW. The gall of the political party that to this day continues to all but decorate its conventions with the corpses of 9/11 victims talking about scoring political points of off tragedy – incredible.

    June 15, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. mms55

    and in the same breath he uses this crisis to score political points,unbelievable! i hope ohio has had enough of this wind bag.he has done nothing to help this country and either has his party! please use your heads come nov. america we cannot afford to have these people in office,they are ruining this country.please,please don't let them back in office please i beg you!!

    June 15, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. happyhiker

    you mean like a certain party did after a certain terror attack on 9/11? the gop should just shut up and look busy. total hypocrisy

    June 15, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. ANGY

    why don't you and all your hating repugs shut the he!! up. as usual your words are just that. words of no help. you can only critizes. If President Obama put on a dive suit and reached the spill, capped it and removed all the oil from all areas of the Gulf you losers would still find something wrong and negative to say. If you really want to help shut the he!! up!!!!! you repugs could not possibly care less about the people this is effecting, because they are the same people that were effected by katrina and what did you do for them? NOTHING!!!!!

    June 15, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. Sean

    Honestly... this oil crisis will last for a long time, maybe 10-20 years... so we're not going to talk about renewable energy.... I wonder if Boehner ever watched Science Channel? BP has already employed all the necessary talents needed to stop the leak... the conclusion from all the experts are simple: No one can prevent such oil leaks.... no one has the solution... if no one has the solution, are we going to take the risk again to drill oil in such depth?

    I just watched Sarah Palin's interview... she told O'Reilly that she knew the solution. Right... if she knows... then what's BP for? Honestly.... I sincerely doubt the IQ of many of these Senators....

    June 15, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Mike

    Like September 11th? When we went to war with Iraq. I hate you Boner.

    June 15, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Boehner doesn't seem to understand that if can develop ways of cleaning up problems and pollution, then we can export that technical expertise and make money that way. It requires education of scientists and engineers and forward thinking. Do you have that Leader Boehner? It doesn't seem like that. We need to show leadership beyond military might. The idea of show advances in clean technology would help us with our trade deficit with China and India who need this to clean up their levels of pollution.

    June 15, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  8. maf

    Seriously John??? How has this government failed? By not cleaning up your mess quicker?? How could that be when you and your party tried to flush the country down the toilet before you completely botched the last election cycle. SHAME ON YOU and YOUR PARTY!

    Stay off the TV for awhile Boehner and maybe, just maybe you can start to be a tad more constructive in your JOB!

    Man, if I complained every time my boss did something I didn't like, I sure wouldn't have a job very much longer. GROW UP!!

    June 15, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. Karen Wicker

    The magnitude of this oil spil disaster has never happened in
    the United States prior to 2010. Let's be rational-
    the President is not Moses. He cannot divide the waters.
    He is doing the best he can in a desolate situation.
    The pressure must continue against BP Oil to ensure that
    this never happens again. Meanwhile, we need to support his plan.

    June 15, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. Navy Vet

    Hey Boehner, you may want to wait till after the speech once to write your response.

    It seems that you exploited the situation to spew more of the same partisan talking points.

    June 15, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. ruty

    Boehner you are without a doubt a sibling of Sarah Palin. Both of you have no idea what is going on or what you are saying. How pitiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  12. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Orangeman is a fraud. He would NEVER exploit anything to score little points would you. You know – death panels to kill grandma,
    getting arrested for not having insurance...gee what else.

    Now go back with you henchmen and censor the press from taking photographs or flying aircraft above the scene. The Republicans don't want the media to tell the truth and show all the dead animals. Nice try John.

    June 15, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  13. evan

    mr boehner stop spreading you lies and deception and grow up.

    June 15, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  14. An 8 year old elephant dung heap does not turn into compost in just 18 months!

    BP has already shown that they do NOT have functioning machinery to prevent these blow out, nor do they know how to stop them.

    I assume no other big oil company has the answer either or they would have shared it.

    The President is being more than prudent when he says no more deep sea drilling until you oil companies can prove you can drastically reduce the chances of this ever happening again.

    Now, the dick and shrub had not let the oil industry write the government policy on deep sea drilling, MAYBE the technology would have been in place.

    Think about that during the election to re-elect republican Jindal, a.k.a. Palin with a penis, he has the responsibility for helping to prevent this disaster but, he was too busy marching in lockstep with the "axle of evil" when they were in office.

    June 15, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  15. Gary

    " Both parties should be working together..." Well why aren't you?

    June 15, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  16. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    It's called leadership John, something you and the former president never got the hang of!

    June 15, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  17. John

    How typical. Boehner's first instinct is to rush to the defense of the oil companies.

    June 15, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. azmary

    Does he mean like President G.W. Bush, et al did to shove two wars and a far reaching, liberty stealing Patriot Act down our throats by invoking the phrase "nine-eleven"?

    June 15, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  19. Jeff Spangler

    I agree that the amount of time spent on pimping clean energy suggests that Rahm Emanuel continues to drive the mindset of not wasting a good crisis. Even if we proceed apace on this effort, we are still dependent upon petrochemicals for the foreseeable future unless we change energy consumption on a scale that will precipitate massive economic dislocations, a/k/a recession.

    June 15, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  20. Gayle Leslie

    There is something contradictory and disingenuous in John Boehner's ever being "concerned" about the president's politicizing any issue. No one is more invested in politicizing the oxygen inside DC the way Senator Boehner is so I wish, at least on this one, he would just hush-up, as my relatives on the Gulf Coast would say.

    June 15, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  21. Gil

    The only one this American is angry about, Boner, is bushwhaker and the Party of NO!

    June 15, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  22. Squigman

    If the republican, from Ohio, would just think about his own parties exploitations from the years 2000 to 2009, he'd keep his mouth shut, and be mindful that most if not all of his parties screw ups are preserved on one form of recording media, or another. Plus, many people have something that the republicans seem to be lacking, a memory.

    June 15, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  23. George of the jungle

    orange man needs to retire. Most of his money is tied up in oil anyway.

    June 15, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  24. Jamie R

    "I sincerely hope that the Obama Administration will not try to use a crisis made worse by its own failings to score political points..." Boehner says, as he tries to score political points with his statement.

    June 15, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  25. Remember the Alamo

    Obama is not focused on the oil spill. The only thig this spill provides is that under it's cover two weeks a Battalion size of arms, ammunition, weapons, machinegun,. mortar , grenades, UNTOLD AMOUNT OF MUNITIONS and launchers were being smuggled in through the Arizona border. The Border Patrol and National Guardsman After a fire fight the smugglers were killed and the weapon captured. Have you heard one word of it in the media. Drug smugglers and Al Queda were the culprits. WHY has the media not covered this???

    June 16, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
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