White House "Shakedown"

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    Jun 17, 2010 4:25 PM GMT
    Rep. Barton apologizes to BP for Obama 'shakedown'

    Well, that was fast. Barely 10 minutes into Thursday's landmark congressional testimony — where BP CEO Tony Hayward and other leading company executives are revisiting the Gulf Coast oil spill before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee — the first controversial statement has entered the record.

    And no, it didn't come from the gaffe-prone BP brass. Instead, GOP Rep. Joe Barton of Texas — the ranking member on the House Energy Committee — made a decisive splash in his opening remarks. A staunch conservative who has a long record of backing oil industry interests, Barton apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the "shakedown" the Obama White House pulled on the company. (Barton has received more than $1.5 million in campaign donations from the oil industry, according to Open Secrets, a nonpartisan watchdog group.)

    "I'm not speaking for anybody in the House of Representatives but myself," Barton explained, "but I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday. I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown. In this case a $20 billion shakedown."

    Wrapping up, Barton said: "I apologize. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong, is subject to some sort of political pressure that is, again, in my words — amounts to a shakedown, so I apologize."
    — Brett Michael Dykes is a national affairs writer for Yahoo! News.



    I love it when when guys like this open there mouth and all kinds of crap falls out!
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    Jun 17, 2010 7:21 PM GMT
    From Reuters:

    Barton is the biggest recipient of oil and gas industry campaign contributions in the House of Representatives, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

    Its data showed that Barton has collected $1,447,880 from political action committees and individuals connected with the oil and gas industry since 1989.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1721590120100617

    But plenty of other Republicans hold Barton's view. What I don't understand is why these bastards deem it appropriate to criticize the White House when they know nothing of what was said in the meeting.

    This was not a shakedown, but even if that were the case, so what?
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    Jun 17, 2010 8:37 PM GMT
    let's see if they actually do anything with this...

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/how_long_can_dems_keep_barton.html
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    Jun 17, 2010 8:40 PM GMT
    "citizen or corporation"

    Corporations are citizens. http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=FA50FBC214A6CE87
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    Jun 17, 2010 8:46 PM GMT

    Who else is Joe Barton apologizing to?

    http://joebartonwouldliketoapologize.com/
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    Jun 17, 2010 8:52 PM GMT
    Essentially, the whole fiasco is one big clusterf&*%!
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    Jun 17, 2010 8:58 PM GMT
    CuriousjockAZ should appreciate this one icon_smile.gif

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    Jun 17, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    MonkeyPuck saidCuriousjockAZ should appreciate this one icon_smile.gif

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    LMAO
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    Jun 17, 2010 10:18 PM GMT

    I do not think our President can claim to be African-American and not know how to use the Shakedown. It's just simply cultural.
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    Jun 17, 2010 10:29 PM GMT
    twomack said
    I do not think our President can claim to be African-American and not know how to use the Shakedown. It's just simply cultural.


    Are we seriously gonna go racial with this? That quote was just simply ignorant.
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    Jun 17, 2010 10:33 PM GMT
    Stupid comment and he was forced by republican leadership to apologize or he would lose his leader position. He did apologize VERY quickly.
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    Jun 17, 2010 10:43 PM GMT
    PAstud21 saidStupid comment and he was forced by republican leadership to apologize or he would lose his leader position. He did apologize VERY quickly.


    Stupid comment? I suppose the support Barton received from Tom Price, Boehner, Dick Armey, Michele Bachmann and God knows who else should be recalled, too? I mean, one stupid comment from one stupid politician is one thing, but for so much support from so many Republicans ... seems stupidity runs rampant in Washington.

    Moral of this story: Republicans will say and do anything to discredit Obama's work, even if it means throwing the American people under the bus. No analysis needed here. It's as clear as crystal.
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    Jun 17, 2010 10:58 PM GMT
    maxxtowt said
    twomack said
    I do not think our President can claim to be African-American and not know how to use the Shakedown. It's just simply cultural.

    Are we seriously gonna go racial with this? That quote was just simply ignorant.

    I agree, and highly offensive. I commend you on the restraint you showed in your reply, though I could have supported you in almost any comeback you made to this creep.
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    Jun 17, 2010 11:11 PM GMT
    So Barton thinks we should all be walking limpdickheads? Shakedown? We should be shaking their fucking heads off for this mess. He apologizes? He should be smacked in the mouth.
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    Jun 17, 2010 11:31 PM GMT
    MonkeyPuck saidCuriousjockAZ should appreciate this one icon_smile.gif

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    As I've always said, they didn't deserve the Grammy...they deserved a freaking OSCAR icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 17, 2010 11:36 PM GMT
    PAstud21 saidStupid comment and he was forced by republican leadership to apologize or he would lose his leader position. He did apologize VERY quickly.


    Politicians shouldn’t be forced to say anything. His constituents should judge him as they see fit.

    Condemnation by other politicians is the better route in my opinion. And if Barton later decides his comments were inappropriate... he could then apologize.
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    Jun 18, 2010 3:34 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    reppaT saidMoral of this story: Republicans will say and do anything to discredit Obama's work, even if it means throwing the American people under the bus. No analysis needed here. It's as clear as crystal.

    No, I think Obama's work speaks for itself.


    BWAhahahahahahaha.

    Yeah, Obama's doing such a terrible job compared to Bush (Jr. and Sr.). I mean, the regulations nixed by George W. ... those should've been repealed and passed by Congress over the short period of time that Obama's been in office, right? Let's not take into account everything else that has been going on in Washington. No, let's not even consider the fact that the Republican retards in DC would fight it - and have been fighting it - tooth and nail.

    Shitbeach, it must kill you that Obama hit a home run on behalf of the American people. He shoved his fist up BP's ass, managing to tickle the GOP's balls while he was at it, and you absolutely hate him for it, don't you?

    You know, for all of this negative talk from the right about "Chicago politics," I'm thinking it's actually good for this country. This shit is going viral. Republicans are losing in the deep south because of big oil - the ultimate slap in the face - and I'm all smiles.

    So go ahead and keep trying to pour that Kool-Aid down our throats.
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    Jun 18, 2010 3:35 AM GMT
    PAstud21 saidStupid comment and he was forced by republican leadership to apologize or he would lose his leader position. He did apologize VERY quickly.


    It was really, really stupid and while I think his little spiel beforehand about speaking only for himself was genuine I don't think people will focus on that and it is likely he has damaged the GOP as well. Most of the news I have heard today was about the comment with the reporting about the apology just being tagged on. The apology also didn't really resonate as believable and I personally felt he was just sorry it was causing him problems and not actually concerned about what he said. Given that the generic ballot polling swings between Republican and Democrats almost daily, the only thing stupider than the comment was the timing.

    From a political strategy stand point the Republicans had been managing the spill well by largely staying quite. Depending on the amount of traction the story gets this could damage the party.
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:01 AM GMT
    reppaT saidRepublicans are losing in the deep south because of big oil - the ultimate slap in the face - and I'm all smiles..


    For eight years scientists had to hear Bush and his advisers denigrate actual evidence, turn away from environmental protections, ignore evidence or manufacture their own.

    For eight years, I (we) had to hear... "live with it. It's the will of the people" and see that snide look on Cheney's face.

    I wish I could joyfully say back to southbeach and others "live with it...it's the turn of those who possess environmental sanity, and, most of all, the will of the people..." but what we are left with after the Bush Administration....is such a mess, it's hard to be as joyful as I was the night of the election when McCain conceded. They left such a mess, and (as you can see from southbeach's and other's comments), are still self-righteous about it.

    ...but the breath of fresh air that is sweeping through the NSF (National Science Foundation) is now rustling through the windows of the universities. We all feel that such an oppressive weight has been lifted.
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:07 AM GMT
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    twomack said
    I do not think our President can claim to be African-American and not know how to use the Shakedown. It's just simply cultural.


    Are we seriously gonna go racial with this? That quote was just simply ignorant.



    I second that! Clearly the remarks of someone who is culturally retarded but I'm sure that yours and my response will be viewed as the African-American over sensitising what was meant to be diverse humor.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:11 AM GMT
    That was ridiculous. So basically he doesn't "want to live in a country where anytime a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong, it is subject to some sort of [accountability]."
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:20 AM GMT
    BP has caused a mess in the Gulf that has destroyed jobs, nature, and now this Republican wants to apologize to BP? Wow. Obama gave BP a shakedown? Are you serious in thinking that Barton? Finally a President faced down a Corporation and stood his ground.

    Joe Barton is now the poster child for "FAIL"

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    Jun 18, 2010 4:43 AM GMT


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    Jun 18, 2010 6:16 AM GMT
    I don't understand why the government needs to offer this $20 billion. I think the safest thing would be if BP pays it with government oversight. This way we have government paying with government oversight.

    Right now I don't trust either one.