June 15th, 2010
08:42 PM ET
13 years ago

RNC: Obama 'manipulating this tragic, national crisis'

Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee issued the following statement after the president's Oval Office address Tuesday night:

“Manipulating this tragic, national crisis for selfish political gain not only demonstrates President Obama’s inability to aptly lead our nation out of a disaster, but also reveals the appallingly arrogant political calculus of this White House. Exploiting the tragedy in the Gulf to try to ram through a devastating job-killing national energy tax is more of the same Chicago-style politics that has the President’s approval ratings plummeting to an all-time low. Instead of leveraging this crisis to manufacture knee-jerk political support for cap-and-trade energy taxes, President Obama should focus on providing the people of the Gulf with real and honest solutions to this horrible environmental disaster that this Administration has been slow in waking up to.”

Filed under: Energy • Michael Steele • Obama Oil Speech Reax • President Obama • RNC
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. norma

    I believe BP already killed the jobs on the gulf coast, but thanks for your typical response to everything and anything the president does. At least we know the GOP is consistent.

    June 15, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. cj

    Hey Bert, did you even listen to his speech...

    What would be refreshing is if the GOP came clean... Say yes, we supported Big Oil. Yes, we supported Wall St. derivatives trading. Yes, we support a medical industry run by Insurance companies and Drug manufacturers. Yes, we support invading other countries to exploit their Natural Resources. Yes, we have no plan for the future, we just count on what we're doing to turn out ok..

    You never know, the truth may set you free

    June 15, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. Rosalie Pena Chicago

    Michael Steele and the rest of the hate mongers need to get out the way. The american people are sick and tired of the party of no. The DNC needs to start with there ads for the November elections right now. Everyone of these repugs should give back all the money that they collected from big oil. What i want to see is an investigation of the Bush/Cheney behind closed door meetings with big oil. I do no hear the media talking about that. I am still waiting. I do not hear Cheney making any comments he is a disgrace to this nation. The republicans have destroyed this country, for eight years all we heard was lies. Obama is being blamed for something he has no control over. I am a hispanic voter. I am going to work my but off with the rest of my hispanic friends and family memebers there are alot of us. I as long as i live do not want to see any republicans voted in to any seats. they are a disgrace to this nation. They have the nerve to speak of GOD when they are full of demons, every last one of them.

    June 15, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. Abe

    What is wrong with the public and especially with the Republicans to put a blame on the administration for not taking stiff action on BP. If the Republicans have a solution to stop the leak they should give a suggestion. At this point it is there mouth that is leaking and needs to be capped. As far as Mr. Steele his arrogance and disrespect for the president is an American. This is a big disaster for the Gulf Coast people and we should understand the Democrats did not cause the leak. Yes they the obligation to help the people but it is the Republicans with there lose regulations that gave BP the green light to go ahead and drill. If the Republicans are the doers and concerned for the people they ought come up with a solution. Mr. Steele you criticize the presidents inability to lead our nation and do not forget he was elected and not you.

    June 15, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. Stacie

    Thank you Michael Steele for reminding me to send a check to the DNC.

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

    GOP yesterday:
    Obama's doing a bad job on the oil spill

    GOP today:
    Obama manipulating the oil spill

    GOP tomorrow:
    Obama caused the oil spill so he can manipulate it

    GOP the day after tomorrow:
    Obama is the spawn of Satan and Mao Tse-Tung who was indoctrinated in a North Korean communist lab to bring Socialism to the US, and mae sure everywoman has at least 3 abortions during her life time

    June 15, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. 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 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. Desmond in Canada

    Apparently, these nitwits and bitter haters who will stop at nothing, including a major crisis, to hurt Obama are not able to get their feeble minds around the fact that while this oil disaster needs to be cleaned up immediately, it also highlights the URGENT need to re-direct the USA's energy focus.

    June 15, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. Brian

    Michael Steele is SOO irrelevant to the elephant party that it's not even a joke. He was only elected to head the RNC to show that Republicans can reach out to black people. Plain and simple.

    June 15, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  10. Dale

    Repubs blaming the president for their own actions. Same old news.

    June 15, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  11. jeff

    Stunning. Just stunning in how a once respectable political party has become just a partisan pack of fools. It's reason number 743 that I'm glad I walked away from being a Republican... and will never return.

    In a couple of brief sentences, Steele shows us that the GOP is all about political squabbling and not about responsible governance.

    Even at his worst, Richard Nixon was far better than this party leadership will ever be. I mean, you guys are just such a bad joke...

    June 15, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    What is Steele talking about? This unfounded "response" is the only political manipulation I'm seeing.

    June 15, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  13. RGDelorado

    Michael Steele and the other republicans need to stop criticizing and offer solutions...I'm sick of politicians from both sides arguing and not offering anything that would help. Stop the spill, clean up the mess, and then you guys can play the blame game. These clowns(politicians) say they know how we feel but really they don't because they don't work the same jobs we do and are currently employed by our tax dollars to do nothing. However, I thank the POTUS for addressing us and telling us things that I hope will work.

    June 15, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  14. mamacoo

    Oh for goodness sakes. No matter what President Obama said Republicans would say something negative. Thanks Republicans for showing support for our country in a time of crisis. Talk about using a national crisis! Republicans have used this crisis and every other crisis our country has had to vilify the President. Never, ever, offering support, solutions, ideas. Always looking for a way to dig at the President. You people are so unpatriotic, worthless, anti American, pitiful.........

    June 15, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. daniel

    Hmm, I seem to remember Republicans milking 9/11 for everything they could get. I don't know, maybe I'm forgetful, but wasn't that also a national tragedy? Bush marched into Iraq because of it, although that country had nothing to do with the events of that day.

    June 15, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  16. Fola

    Cut the crap and give the guy a break. Any little issues, RNC is always high trying to discredit the president. Give Obama some kudos, What did Bush do when he was in the office!!!! I think RNC Chairman Steele should cleans his own house before pointing fingers to other people

    June 15, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  17. Mike

    Really? Really? Like Sadaam and Iraq had ties to Sep. 11th? At least this president is doing something good for the country.

    June 15, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  18. Mr Clean

    Michael Steele and the entire Grand Oil Party are a joke. What do you want? A smaller, do-nothing government or a proactive government who's policies truly reflect the interests and well-being of the American people?

    The reckless deregulation of these industries, the irresponsible risk-taking of corporate managers who bear no responsibility for the consequences of their greed and our continuing lust for cheap, dirty energy are responsible for this tragedy.

    A job-killing energy bill? What do you call the track record of 8 years of Bush/Cheney exploitation policies? How about the deepest recession since the Great Depression?

    Drill baby, drill – that's a pretty deep hole the GOP dug for us.

    June 15, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. Jane

    As a Louisiana resident I believe this is true. We needed help down here to stop the oil and we got a bunch of bs. Wetlands and people's lives destroyed by ignorance. Now we get a bunch of PR crap and photo ops from Obama and a rally that it will be "better than before". Explain this to me it took the Exon Valdez spill areas 17 years to get to some sort of stability. Not like it was before– just begining. When people voted for change they wanted Vince Lombardi we got Bart Simpson instead.

    June 15, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  20. Liz the First

    Steele and the rethuglican'ts continually show the country how purely evil they are. what do they have to do, hit your granny and bite the head off your puppy, before you repub wannabes who vote these monsters into office realize you're voting for pure evil? Obama is working his tail off on this mess and all these idiots can do is jeer him from the sidelines hoping he'll fail. they are traitors to their country and their species!

    June 15, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  21. jeff davis

    underwhelming. just like the man himself.

    June 15, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  22. ruty

    I guess I was expecting too much from the republicans. As usual they are making stupid and senseless comments. They will never pull together as a nation to solve problems. They are still sore that they lost the election. That is the whole ball of wax.

    June 15, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  23. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Go run back to your Big $ Lobbyist sponsors and ask yourselves why you're always trying to sell a pack of lies? Who knew you goons are trying to censor the press and prohibit employees from taking photos..even with their cell phone cameras. Don't want to offend anyone by showing photos of dead animals right? You shiesters are the manipulators. Go check yourself Steele.

    June 15, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    And where is the GOP's positive input? Uh, er...thought so!

    June 15, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  25. maf

    and the Republicans are offering to assist ??? How???

    Steele, if all you can do is complain, the quicker it will be for you to have to find real employment in a country that you have so deliberately tarnished. Go find work in the economy that you and your cronies created, because you are not likely going to get re-elected when your term is up!!!

    Have fun!!

    June 15, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
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