June 18th, 2010
12:48 PM ET
12 years ago

White House keeps hitting Barton

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - The White House on Friday continued its assault on controversial comments made by Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas.

At a hearing on Capital Hill Thursday, Barton apologized to BP executives and said that the White House was trying to "shakedown" the company for a $20 billion fund to help with the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill. Barton later issued an apology for the statement.

During a gaggle aboard Air Force One Friday, Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said he "saw the tourtured construction" of Barton's apology for his initial statement, calling it "an example of what some folks in the Republican party truly believe."

Burton then warned of the consequences of a Republican controlled Congress, pointing out that Barton would be chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee.

"This is something people should be considering" during the upcoming midterm elections, he said.

Filed under: BP • Joe Barton • Obama administration
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  1. Naqib

    The permit was ok'd (without being complete) by the Obama administration in March 09.... Why didn't they care then?

    MONEY... same old Chicago Change you Can Belive In !!!

    June 18, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. mike

    Somebody in Washington told the truth!!! We can't have that now can we !!!!!!!! It might start a trend 😉

    June 18, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. geecee

    Just when the Repuglicans thought they had Obama on the ropes, along comes this moron Joe Barton and shows how greedy and gluttonous the Repugs really are, and how they don't care about the "small" people either, but just want to keep their oil-rich buddies wealthy and keep their campaign coffers full of oily contributions. Thanks, Barton. You made my day yesterday and I hope your "apology" keeps on giving. Obama gets accused of apologizing for the US when he travels overseas, when all he was doing was trying to turn the page and begin a new relationship with countries that thought we were bullies. Now this idiot Barton out and out apologizes to BP for Obama making them pay for the astronomical damage they have caused to our Gulf of Mexico, our economy, and our wildlife. And the Repubicans love to call Obama an apologist! What hypocrites!!!

    June 18, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. rita

    Barton doesn't seem to care really about Gulf Coast residents, BP, Republicans, or the Obama administration. His number one priority is and ideological dogma that hits a brick wall once common sense is added to the mix. It is much like the statements made by Rand Paul about the limitations that should have been placed on the civil rights act. It sounds good to them on a Texas Republican platform, but once the human element is added, the ignorance of it all shines through.

    June 18, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    He was expressing his Faith: BIG BUSINESS FOREVER!!

    June 18, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. RinMaine

    An apology to BP? Aside from being stupid, he is disloyal to the United States. Must be a Tea Party person.

    June 18, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Charlie

    Joe Barton should be run out of office after making the statement he made. His party should disown him after this remark. But some people will vote for him again because they don't have anyone else taller` then this. Only in Texas could this happen and the public still back this kind of behavior.

    June 18, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. harold

    True.. You have to worry about a Repuiblican Congress.. What would they do for the USA to recover from their Great Recession...De-Re-gulate more and drill more?.. People like Barton in the Republican party are not known as loving small people in the USA.. They oppose everything from un-employment insurance to social security medicare..and of course the new health insurance LAW which they want to repeal .. I say we repeal their health insurance and let them go out and find their onw insurance...... in Congress..For all of em...in Congress... What would happen if one of the congress people got sick?

    June 18, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Charlotte

    Somehow it borders on evil to actually encourage greater attention to the portfolios of BP shareholders than to the catastrophic environmental damage that needs undoing, not to mention the lives of all the people who are not drill workers, that need compensation. For those who are decrying the expectation for BP to make meaningful compensation and the drilling moratorium because it will hurt the poor, poor oil industry, I say you should go crawl down the nearest outhouse and spend some time sitting in the bottom of the hole. This is what your priorities have done for the fragile ecosystems around the world, as well as the lives of people who don't happen to share your income source but depend on a healthy environment instead. You people truly suck and you are the tools of the devil.

    June 18, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Angle has a run-in with reporters, Brewer is fuming, Barton has rightwing tourrets of the mouth. Of course, this is just the tip of the more recently visible rightwing iceburg. And people "choose" to vote for this nonsense? Tell me, how stupid can someone be to vote [R]? Now think back to 1933: how stupid were those Germans back then who actually voted for/supported Hitler, despite the growing evidence of rightwing fanaticism right in front of them?

    I celebrate daily the ongoing evidence that you neo-moron drama queens can't keep your panties in place, ever since Obama trounced you in the 2008 elections. You idiots should be the best advertisement there is for being against the modern version of rightwing fanaticism.

    The rightwing disconnect from reality in America, and its move to some sort of twisted birth-bagging fantasy world, is astonishing both for its regressive stupidity and for the danger it poses to this country. Unfortunately, the fact that a significant portion of our population can't distinguish between the reality in front of them and a souped-up rightwing fantasy world created by the FuxNews idiots is a disturbing comment on modern America. We need only look to 1930's Germany to see the ultimate consequences

    June 18, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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