June 17th, 2010
04:43 PM ET
13 years ago

Barton retracts apology to BP

Rep. Joe Barton apologized Thursday for using the term 'shakedown' regarding the the $20 billion fund BP agreed to establish for damage compensation, and retracted his apology to BP:

"I apologize for using the term 'shakedown' with regard to yesterday's actions at the White House in my opening statement this morning, and I retract my apology to BP. As I told my colleagues yesterday and said again this morning, BP should bear the full financial responsibility for the accident on their lease in the Gulf of Mexico. BP should fully compensate those families and businesses that have been hurt by this accident. BP and the federal government need to stop the leak, clean up the damage, and take whatever steps necessary to prevent a similar accident in the future.

"I regret the impact that my statement this morning implied that BP should not pay for the consequences of their decisions and actions in this incident."

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  1. Pam

    Too late you fool. You rushed in not wanting to waste an opportunity to slam the President AGAIN and you stuck your foot in your mouth.
    Now, I hope you choke on it!

    June 17, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Dan, TX

    That's funny, the republican candidate for the house in my Texas district also said BP is being unfairly attacked by Washington. I don't know about other republicans, but republicans in Texas are fully behind BP and are angry that BP is being treated so poorly by Washington. I can prove my statement. Bill Flores is running for Congress this fall and John Cornyn, our Senator said he share's Barton's concerns. Don't let them fool you. Behind closed doors and briefly in public, the republicans are working to help BP and keep them from having to pay more than they should have to for an act of God (as our Texas Governor Rick Perry called it).

    June 17, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Lina

    wow!! I love the hypocrisy..first the President is not doing enough then he does what NO President has done before-stand up to the oil companie the right is blasting him for being too tough!! My goodness, it's never enough for you people..These republicans are pissed because their pockets are being affected. For once the oil companies are being held accountable and we have someone who is not backing down. Now what gets me even more upset is that this man is apologizing to BP for being shakendown and making them the victims..HOW DARE YOU!!!! why don't you guys who agree with this incentive, ignorant pathetic excuse for a human being take a swim in the oil or live the lives of the victims affected by this and then see who the real victims are, the mighty oil company or the actual innocent people and animals who had no say in this matter.

    June 17, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. Anita

    Everybody is rushing to judgment , if BP had such a bad safety record , then the MMS is entirely to blame for not doing their job.
    The hearing today was such a farce , grand standing by every politician and their questions were read of a piece of paper and one had to wonder if they understood any of it.
    I am waiting for the MMS to appear before congress and receive the same scrutiny.

    June 17, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. hillcrester

    The reflexive, attack-Obama-no-matter-what-Republican'ts are showing the American people they are unfit to govern. In my opinion, they are unfit to be made into dog food.

    June 17, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    republicans & BP – they go hand in hand

    June 17, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. Ray

    What a farce. He apologizes only out of fear of losing his position. What a farce.

    June 17, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. B.F.Legg

    Absolutely disgraceful, that a member of congress would make such a statement against the White House ( President ). What can Prsident Obama do that would satisfy members of the republican party? There is no precedence of any former President being able to help the American people in such a dramatic and timely way,as this Pesident has done by getting this 20 billion dollar escrow account from BP. Represenative Barton should be removed from the Energy and Commerce Committee immediately

    June 17, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |

    While he was ordered to give the apology and did so, or he would have lost his position on the committee, his statement does reveal to the public the true feelings of the GOP. That is why the GOP leadership ordered him to retract his statement. When he made his statement he made it clear that it was his opinion and no one else. So why then did the GOP leadership get so upset with him? They could have just labeled him as a maverick, but they couldn't because he exposed the true feelings of the GOP which of course they don't want the public to know that. Typical GOP lies right down the line.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    June 17, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. steve

    well i hope he will also stop any payments from the 20 billion to anyone in his district.. what a phony and crook... BP = Barton Paid.

    if he is relected then the people of texas deserve more oil and no money....... what a jerk......

    June 17, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. Mikey Boy

    Politics is funny, he is only doing this to save his rear end.

    June 17, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. guest

    The sad part is the people who Obama got the money for some of them agree with this idiot.

    June 17, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Belinda

    Barton doesn't get it. This is Texas where Gov. Perry constantly lies and then totally supports corporate interests above all others. Watch the Texas legislature, they could care less about the people, everything they rule on and win, is tea party style politics.The young people need to change the political face of Texas. Families, students,workers, Hispanics are on the lowest priority possible. Do not vote this fall until you carefully follow what they have accomplished . u will decide this election .They are spending your hard earned taxes on corporate interests and soon they will be spending it on stopping you because of the color of your skin. It's one tea party agenda after another. Lobbyists rule the Republican party. Things will get worse instead of better for Hispanics, they want to turn Texas into Arizona in order to avoid helping people who are here legally . Corporate interests come first. It's all political, more money for them to spend on the Republican party.We all want decent immigration laws. anything else is unacceptable. We are ready to fight this fall and tea party, business as usual in Texas.

    June 17, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. oldschool

    Barton just said what the rest of his party really thinks. At least he was bold enough (or stupid enough) to come out and say it. I think its funny also how other republicans are threatening Barton to force him to apologize as if they don't agree with his comments. Their party is the primary originator of all of the lack of regulation in safety for not only the oil and gas industry but big business in general. And they have fought against regulation like this for the past decade.

    June 17, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. jbf-alaska

    Why apologize for what the Republican Party stand for privately, only now said by mistake publicly. He probably got goosed before morning coffee – slipped up.

    Here's a new motto for all those oil sucking swine drinkerse – "drill baby drill, and when you spill baby spill, we'll have old Joe Barton to convince all the idiots who voted for him to that they too should apologize and hide BPs swill baby swill in their own living room floor till baby till. Mabye they'll realize what just happened to the living standard of every fistherman, tourist resort owner, gulf fishing boating expeditions, beach combers, not to mention the wildlife.

    What a MORON! this Joe Barton is, surpassed only by Michelle Bachmann who actually Monday morning quarter backed the whole thing on behalf of BP. What a RepubliCON party.

    June 17, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. Jerry

    Thanks Joe. Know BP could count on you. Funny how all you Repub friiends stood by you in you time of stupidity. Hanf in their. BP knows all the repubs are going to help them out sooner than latter.

    June 17, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. Bill

    Mr. Barton lacks integrity and courage. That is a bad combination and we saw it today. He knew what he was doing.

    June 17, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. jilli

    Bartons just the mouthpiece for the republican party at this point – Bachmann, Price, Cornyn even the RNC has echoed Bartons sentiment. Republicans are scattering like the cockroaches that they are in fear that they've been exposed. They should be scorned.

    June 17, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. a New Beginning

    There will come a day in the ever changing political lanscape that a Republican President will once again reside in the Whitehouse. And day one I want Americans who do care about their fellow man to disrepect that person the same way Republicans have treated this sitting president...DAY ONE!

    And I will make sure I pass that point down to my children and my children's children until I see some behavoral changes from the ignorant people who sprew hatred as if it's acceptable especially of a public elected official. My tax dollars are paying that person........WHY?

    I think Michelle got it partly right, What she should have said was, "For the first time, I'm proud to see that "some" Americans have finally gotten it right and that some Americans will never get it right and let's pray for those few as they try and find their way in the darkness. " For God does not reside there and we do want them to eventually make it to the light.

    June 17, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. Rady TX

    He needs to do three things:
    1. Apologize to the President
    2. Apologize to the People of the United States
    3. Resign office

    Oh wait, and take all his GOP buddies with him

    June 17, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. offworld

    Joe, don't let the door hit your butt on the way out in the next election!

    June 17, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. Ardee

    This Barton fink gets $300,000 in "campaign donations" from the oil and gas industry and promptly apologizes to the smarmy, oily head of BP and impugns the integrity of the Obama administration in one fell swoop. He should be stripped of his committee membership, then stripped bare and tarred and feathered and rode out of town on a rail.

    June 17, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. jeff

    Ah, so amusing to see another political hack, this time a Republican, squirm when the party bosses crack the whip. Republicans, Democrats - in Congress, there's no difference. Just hacks. It's kind of like watching The Biggest Loser and chuckling all the way

    June 17, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Steve

    I sent a comment on his site. Everyone should flood his site with emails. Say you are from his district if you need to. Email, baby, email.

    June 17, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. smc, central PA

    This guy is just verbalizing how the GOP leadership really thinks. The GOP has been spewing this same double-speak for the last 30 years, and the insane right just keeps eating it up and voting for them.

    June 17, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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