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Barton retracts BP apology, regrets 'shakedown' comment

By Aaron Blake

UPDATED at 4:15 p.m.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) has retracted his apology to BP, under pressure from top House Republicans.

In comments at a House hearing this morning, Barton apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the administration's conduct in securing a $20 billion fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill, calling it a "shakedown."

"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," Barton said in a statement. "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.

"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."

It was Barton's second crack at an apology for his initial apology. During the hearing, he returned to say that he was sorry, but only for any "misconstruction" of his comments. His more recent apology differed in that it actually expressed regrets for the content of his remarks.

House GOP leaders put out a statement around the same time as Barton, distancing themselves from his first comments.

(Update 4:50 p.m.: The Washington Post's Paul Kane reports that GOP leadership aides, who asked not to be identified in order to speak candidly, said that House GOP leaders gave Barton an ultimatum -- retract the BP apology or lose his position as ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. They said he will now retain that position unless he causes further controversy.)

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) issued a joint statement. They said Barton's comments that that White House coerced BP into agreeing to a $20 billion fund for claims "were wrong."

"BP itself has acknowledged that responsibility for the economic damages lies with them and has offered an initial pledge of $20 billion dollars for that purpose," the three leaders said.

"The families and businesspeople in the Gulf region want leadership, accountability and action from BP and the Administration," they continued. "It is unacceptable that, 59 days after this crisis began, no solution is forthcoming. Simply put, the American people want all of our resources, time and focus to be directed toward stopping the spill and cleaning up the mess."

The leaders' statement did not mention other members who have offered comments similar to Barton, including Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.). Price has also called the White House's handling of BP a "shakedown."

Barton apologizes for 'misconstruction' of BP apology

3:29 p.m.: Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) is apologizing for any "misconstruction" of his comments this morning, in which he personally apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the White House's "shakedown" of the company.

In Barton's second apology, he said he was sorry if anything he said this morning took the blame for the Gulf oil spill off of BP's shoulders.

"Let the record be clear that I think BP is responsible for this accident, should be held responsible, and should in every way to everything possible to make good on the consequences that have resulted from this accident," Barton said. "And if anything I've said this morning has been misconstrued, in opposite effect, I want to apologize for that misconstruction."

Barton has been under considerable pressure ever since apologizing to Hayward this morning for the way in which the White House has treated BP. He said the Obama administration used political pressure to force BP into creating a $20 billion escrow account for claims made against the company.

At least one Republican, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), has already called for Barton to step down as ranking Republican of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Barton told Politico that he will stay on in his current post.

Vice President Biden, speaking at the daily White House briefing, called Barton's remarks "outrageous" and "incredibly insensitive, incredibly out of touch."

Hayward: $20 billion escrow account is not a 'slush fund'

2:41 p.m.: BP CEO Tony Hayward said Thursday that he doesn't think the $20 billion escrow account his company has agreed to create for oil spill victims amounts to a "slush fund."

"I certainly didn't think it was a slush fund," Hayward said at a hearing before a House subcommittee.

Hayward was responding to comments by the ranking anking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), who earlier in the hearing accused the White House of a "shakedown" in pressuring BP to open the account. The account will be used to pay claims to those affected by the Gulf Coast oil spill.

Pressed by Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), Hayward repeatedly declined to give a yes-or-no answer about whether he thought the situation represented a "shakedown." But he said the result shouldn't be called a slush fund.

Democrats have denounced Barton for his allegation and sought to use his comments against Republicans by tying them to the oil industry.

Hayward declines to apologize for decisions, Waxman accuses him of stonewalling

12:54 p.m.: An exasperated Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) on Thursday accused BP CEO Tony Hayward of resisting an investigation into his company's role in the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the ensuing spill.

Waxman asked Hayward if, in addition to apologizing for the spill, he apologized for the decisions he made in advance of the spill.

Hayward demurred.

"We need to determine what were the critical decisions," Hayward said. "I can't make the judgment on those decisions."

Hayward then repeated that he was "not prepared to draw such conclusions."

Waxman, the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, suggested Hayward was professing ignorance about issues he should either have known about or prepared himself for. The congressman noted Hayward was given questions he would likely be asked, in advance of the hearing.

"It's clear to me that you don't want to answer our questions," Waxman said. "You should have some knowledge of these issues."

Waxman closed his question-and-answer time by saying he was amazed at Hayward's performance.

"You're kicking the can down the road as if you have nothing to do with this," Waxman said.

Barton apology to BP not catching on with fellow Republicans

12:48 p.m.: Not all Republicans appear to be on the same page as Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), who apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward Thursday morning for the way his company has been treated by the White House.

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.) appeared to take direct aim at his colleague's comments during Burgess's question-and-answer time.

"I am not going to apologize to you," Burgess said to Hayward, referring to the many costs of the environmental disaster. "I don't feel that apologies are in order."

Barton apologized to Hayward earlier in the hearing for the $20 billion escrow fund BP was pressured to create. The congressman's remarks have been lighting up the blogosphere ever since.

Hayward: Spill 'never should have happened'

11:36 a.m.: A contrite BP CEO Tony Hayward said in his opening statement Thursday that he has been deeply affected by the fallout from the company's oil spill in the Gulf and said the spill "never should have happened."

Hayward began his remarks by saying that he is "deeply sorry" and that he has been "personally devastated" by the situation.

He said he was "shattered" when he attended a memorial service for those who died in the explosion that preceded the spill. He also said he sympathizes with those who have been affected by event, both personally and financially.

He said he hoped the company's agreement to build a $20 billion fund for claims will earn it the benefit of the doubt with those being affected.

"I understand what they're going through, and I promise them as I promise you, that we will make this right," Hayward said. "After yesterday's announcement, I hope they feel that we are on the right track."

Republicans criticize Obama on oil spill, say BP's Hayward shares blame

11:20 a.m.: While Democrats hammered away at BP and its CEO, Tony Hayward, at a hearing Thursday, Republicans offered divergent reactions to the disaster.

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas.), the ranking member on the subcommittee holding the hearing, apologized for the political pressure being applied to BP, but other members were more forceful with Hayward.

"It appears that BP has not learned from its past mistakes," Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said.

"Why is BP's record on safety so spotty?" Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) asked rhetorically.

Several Republicans focused on the role of the Obama administration in the spill, with one of them saying an administration official should have been seated alongside Hayward at the witness table.

Republicans have repeatedly criticized the lack of testimony from officials, including those at the Minerals Management Service (MMS).

The GOP members also said the administration is using the hearing as a means to advance its energy policies.

"Right now the administration and its allies are more focused on politics and putting the oil industry out of business," Sullivan said. "The administration is exploiting this disaster to advance this disastrous cap and trade energy policy."

Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.) used his opening statement to decry the environmental impact and danger of smoking.

Democrats come out swinging against BP's Hayward, while Republican apologizes

10:27 a.m.: House Democrats set a harsh tone for Thursday's hearing featuring BP chief executive Tony Hayward, while a top Republican apologized to Hayward for being forced to create a $20 billion escrow account for claims stemming from the disaster.

The Democrats said in their opening statements that Hayward and his company repeatedly ignored warning signs in advance of the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

"BP's corporate complacency is astonishing," said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the chairman of the full House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Waxman cited an e-mail from an engineer that dismissed the spill by saying, "We'll probably be fine." Waxman said it was characteristic of the company's response.

"There is a complete contradiction between BP's words and deeds," Waxman said. "Under your leadership, BP has taken the most extreme risks.

"We are seeing the same corporate indifference that cause collapse on Wall Street."

The ranking Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee did provide the CEO some defense. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said the $20 billion the White House forced BP to put into escrow for claims against the company amounts to a "shakedown."

"I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday," Barton said. "I apologize. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or corporation does anything wrong," they are subjected to such political pressure.

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), the chairman of the subcommittee holding the hearing, said what congressional investigators have learned so far is "alarming."

"We've learned that time and time again that BP had warning signs that this was a 'nightmare well,'" Stupak said.

Stupak referenced comments by BP executives that some see as dismissive of the impact of the spill. Hayward has said he wants "his life back," while BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg said Wednesday that BP is concerned about "the small people."

"We are not 'small people,' but we do want our lives back," Stupak said.

(Update 11:57 a.m.: The White House responds to Barton's statement:

"What is shameful is that Joe Barton seems to have more concern for big corporations that caused this disaster than the fishermen, small business owners and communities whose lives have been devastated by the destruction. Congressman Barton may think that a fund to compensate these Americans is a 'tragedy', but most Americans know that the real tragedy is what the men and women of the Gulf Coast are going through right now. Members from both parties should repudiate his comments.")

ORIGINAL POST: Live blog: Tony Hayward to appear at House hearing

BP chief executive Tony Hayward will be at the disposal of angry members of Congress Thursday, when he testifies in front of a House subcommittee looking into the environmental disaster on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) has promised that Hayward will be "sliced and diced," and other members of the committee are unlikely to be much friendlier.

According to advance remarks of Hayward's testimony obtained by AP, the CEO will say he is "personally devastated" by the disaster.

"To be sure, neither I nor the company is perfect," the remarks say. "But we are unwavering in our commitment to fulfill all our responsibilities."

Check back to this post for regular updates on the goings-on in the Rayburn House office building. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. eastern time.

By Aaron Blake  |  June 17, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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BP is Barton's "mother ship". Go home Barton, go home!

Posted by: pbkcuf | June 19, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

When the whole of the Jews Media jumps all over Barton...you KNOW he's on to something!

This is a shakedown in the best tradition of Jess Jackson!

Posted by: vince33x | June 18, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

A copy of the email (which will immediately be botted direct to roundfile) I just sent to soon-to-be-ex-Rep. Joe Barton's taxpayer-funded luxury office in Washington:

Why didn't you just publicly drop your trousers, turn around, bend over, and spread your flabby and voluminous ass cheeks for poor, financially starved BP and its oh-so-sincerely-sorry CEO Tony Hayward today? As ranking (or is that just "rank"?) Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, it's pretty easy to imagine the "butt-buddy" relationship -- political, personal, and -- ahem -- "financially advantageous" -- that you've "enjoyed" over the years with BP, and such other Republican favorites as Chevron "Condi Rice" Texaco, and Halliburton "Deadeye Dick Cheney" KBR, but your First Priority Republican Agenda: damage the Obama administration by any means fair or foul, legal or illegal, seems to have landed like an oil-soaked dead pelican on your own head this afternoon, as even John "Boner" Boehner, Eric "The Hair Apparent" Cantor, Jeff "Hang 'Em High" Miller, and Mike "Tup" Pence had to make insincere noises about slapping you upside the head until your speechwriters ginned up your smarmy, not-quite-backpedaling-far-enough "that's not at all what I meant to say" hogwash. The only honorable course for you is to sever your many ties with your oil industry cronies and immediately step down from your beyond-shaky position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Be a good, responsible citizen just this once. Your ex-voters will thank you for it.

Posted by: bbrown95 | June 17, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

GOBP

Posted by: gwcox2 | June 17, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Well, I would HOPE SO!! Unbelievable that he was even that ignorant to begin with! Obviously he has the exact same DISEASE of GREED that CAUSED the GUSHER! All the Congress people who backed him up are obviously ALSO BP shareholders, more worried about losing their dividends than on being fair and just!

HOW disgusting that money is the "god" of so many!

Posted by: Maerzie | June 17, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

ask yourself..........

is what barton said TRUE???

not is it POPULAR

not is it POLITICALLY CORRECT

but is what barton said TRUE???

"Barton called the escrow account, which will be distributed independently, a "slush fund" and said the situation amounted to a "shakedown" by the White House. He said if he, as a congressman, asked for something similar from a corporation he was investigating, he could go to jail."

wash po 6-17-2010

no apologizes for barton--

of course barton must be punished for his truth thoughtcrime

Posted by: ProCounsel | June 17, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey people out there -- if the Repubs win the back the House in November, we have Smokey Joe Barton in charge of our energy policies to look forward to! Scary, isn't it? Maybe with him in charge the rest of the country can have air as polluted as it is here in Texas.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | June 17, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

In other words, he was for BP before he was against BP; or ,put another way, I spoke my mind and my conviction and then was forced to spin my beliefs so as not to appear to be too much in the pocket of Big Oil.

He can retract all he wants; the video of his original statement will live forever, particulary in campaign ads claiming the Republican Party cannot objectively and fairly regulate the oil industry. Exhibit I is Mr. Barton, both before, during and after his gaffe.

Way to go, Joe, you're doing a heckvua job!

Posted by: bobfbell | June 17, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

For the rest of us, Askgees is a gift. A gift. He's typical of what might be termed the "Tea Party Mentality". With askgees in the front rank spewing bile like a puking cow afflicted with diarrhea, every time he erupts, ten fence-sitters see such folks for what they really are; a priceless gift. So keep spewing, Askgees. Keep doing my work for me.

I happen to be a moderate Republican driven out by the likes of Askgees and his hate-filled ilk. Watching him foul himself with his own excrement in blogs such as 44 makes me happy.

Posted by: hogsmile | June 17, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Askgees' posts reveal him to be an ignorant, uneducated, prejudiced fool. Let him spew! He discredits himself far better than anybody else could (or hope to ....).

Let him damn himself to high heaven. What more need be said?

Posted by: hogsmile | June 17, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

In response to the comment below, posted by 'askgees,' and other similar comments posted today by the same user:

I would like to know what action(s) you think conservatives are taking that the libs aren't; and how you could imply that conservatives are not doing exactly what you accuse liberals of doing. If you have a complaint, state specifically what your complaint is. If you don't have an alternative solution to bring to the debate, then comments such as the example below are not doing anything to help liberals or conservatives. And, I would also like to add, the use of explatives and name calling is uncalled for and really takes away from any validity your comments may have otherwise held. Lastly, to answer the last line of your statement below, I hope teachers are teaching kids how to spell and write complete and thoughtful sentences, and how to express themselves tactfully and intelligently so that when they have a complaint or comment they will be taken seriously by others.
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POSTED BY ASKGEES 6/17/2010:
Reading the comments posted by the LIB T@RDS of America is priceless. Theses fools complain about EVERYTHING do nothing about ANYTHING and if they actually got what they wished for we would be standing around watching a bunch of m0rons crying that they cannot drive their Subaru all while wearing burlap clothing and sandals and starving. Open your eyes dumb@zzes. With out oil we become an extension of Mexico just another 3rd world dump. The US became the super power it is because of oil. I really have to wonder what the f$%k their teaching these kids in school no a days.

Posted by: candacej76 | June 17, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Now that Rep. Joe Barton (Texas Republican) has carried BP's water (visibly for the approving Tea Party Faithful), my guess is Rep. Joe Barton (Texas Republican) will approach BP's legion of lobbyists (toiling like beavers these days to pull BP's chestnuts out of the fire) and ask each-&-every one of them, each-&-every one, for a big fat hand-out (excuse me, "campaign contribution"). After all, he did show his true colors and where his actual interest lies (with them) -- faux apologies and clarifications be damned.

Posted by: hogsmile | June 17, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I definately think that BP screwed up royaly and would love to see them go bankrupt, but this public flogging is ridiculous. If it was coming from people living along the coast being directly affected you could understand the need to lash out. The members of congress though? The very people that wrote the regulations that BP probably followed to a Tee. The very people that created the inept agencies to respond to these types of disasters. The very people that have rolled like pigs in huge piles of campaign contributions from oil companies for decades. The very people that have wrought their own economic disaster on the US by bringing the deficit to nearly 100% of GDP.

The really sad part is that after all this struting for the camera the oil pouring from the bottom of the gulf will not have slowed down one fraction of a percent.

Posted by: peterg73 | June 17, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse
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The very people in Washington putting on an act for the cameras and for the folks back home to see...Sad part...they as much to blame as BP.

BP has made generous contributions to key candidates over the years. In the recent Presidential election campaign, BP related contributions of $77,000 went to the Obama campaign. This was the largest BP support of a candidate in the last 20 years.
Ken Salazar when campaigning for the Senate received large support from BP.
Obama appointed Senator Salazar as Secretary of The Interior. This position oversees oil drilling activity in the U.S. and in our offshore waters
BP requested an exemption from the environmental safety study required before any drilling could take place in the Gulf. An exemption to this study was granted by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar with no objection offered by Obama.
The environmental study is an extensive undertaking that takes about two years to complete and be approved before drilling can take place. Without Ken Salazar’s grant of an exemption the study would still be taking place and the current spill would not be happening.

Posted by: corebanks1940 | June 17, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Read Between the lines on the 6 month stoppage of Oil Wells in The Gulf


Meanwhile the Obama administration through the U.S. Export Import Bank has guaranteed 10 Billion in loans for offshore oil exploration off the Coast of Brazil. This exploration will be conducted by Brazil’s state controlled oil company Petrobras. Petrobras is the single largest investment ($811 million) by the George Soros controlled hedge fund.
We all know that the billionaire George Soros has been the biggest financial supporter of Obama and this administration.

Many of the drilling jobs could end up going to Brazil, which recently discovered numerous oil fields off its coast. Brazilian oil company Petrobras wants to tap those fields but lacks the rigs.

"They're licking their chops saying, 'We'll take them'" from the U.S., said industry analyst Collin Gerry.

Posted by: corebanks1940 | June 17, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I definately think that BP screwed up royaly and would love to see them go bankrupt, but this public flogging is ridiculous. If it was coming from people living along the coast being directly affected you could understand the need to lash out. The members of congress though? The very people that wrote the regulations that BP probably followed to a Tee. The very people that created the inept agencies to respond to these types of disasters. The very people that have rolled like pigs in huge piles of campaign contributions from oil companies for decades. The very people that have wrought their own economic disaster on the US by bringing the deficit to nearly 100% of GDP.

The really sad part is that after all this struting for the camera the oil pouring from the bottom of the gulf will not have slowed down one fraction of a percent.

Posted by: peterg73 | June 17, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

............

I'm tellin' ya, we have some super smart
right wingers blogging today- check out
this witty repartee:

My GOD your stupid!! Just sayin'!!
Posted by: Angryman | June 17, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse
There can only be two possibilities.
1. Obama allowed this to happen so he could move his energy bill forward.
2. Obama is actually the most incompetent president in history and possible the dumbest person of all time.
You pick one.
Posted by: askgees | June

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With guys like aksgees -- people with brains should
just shut them off and follow -- oh yeah, that's what
we were doing from Jan 21 2001 until Jan 19 2008.

How did that work out?

Posted by: printthis | June 17, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

A. This is squarely BP's and the company that ran Deepwater Horizon's fault. This is not Obama's fault. This is not Congress' fault. They weren't the ones who blew up the platform. They weren't the ones who had safety oversight responsibility. This isn't Government's fault, and BP and the gulf coast region should feel blessed that the Government is trying to take care of them.

B. Did Hayward and BP agree to the $20 billion price tag? Hayward has been saying over and over again he "wants to make this right." Making this right carries a massive cost, and I think BP realizes that. I doubt there was much coerrsion or "bullying" to get BP to cough up money. They know they owe, and they know they have work to do on this problem.

C. Yes, BP has made some bad decisions, and said some outright stupid things. Yes, they've moved too slowly, and have done very little good. The Government has given BP ample opportunity to fix this problem, and because BP has moved too slowly and ineffectively, the Government is now putting more pressure on them. I don't think there could have been any better response on the US Government side. Let's keep the blame where it belongs...on Tony Hayward's shoulders.

Posted by: akchild | June 17, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

people need to get a grip. an escrow is just a set aside so that the money can't be squandered elsewhere and be gone before claims are paid. it isn't an agreement to pay that much, just an agreement to keep it available to pay claims and not spend it elsewhere.

Posted by: JoeT1 | June 17, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

BP's top management deserves to be crude-oiled-and-feathered, no doubt. But the repetition of the charges and the demands for apologies are beginning to wear a little thin, particularly as it becomes more and more apparent that our President failed to confront the actual threat which was, and continues to inflict maximum damage on the Gulf of Mexico, and the five adjacent states.

Finally today, Plaquemine Parish leader Billy Nungesser called for the removal of Adm. Thad Allen, and for an end to the colossally misguided practice of injecting dispersants directly into the oil plume as it escapes from the damaged well-head. If White House crisis managers had questioned the wisdom of attempting to keep the spill out of sight by dispersing it at the 5000' depth, the oil plume would have remained intact, visible, and naturally confined to a much smaller area. This might have led to the realization that confining the spill and concentrating oil-booms and skimmers within a manageable perimeter would have given us the best chance of preventing it from fouling the entire Gulf. FYI, here's a satellite photo showing the site of the spill, with an inset showing what a 1-square mile perimeter would look like from space, set against the backdrop of the actual spill:

http://www.postmarks.com/gulf_containment.jpg

Imagine where we might be right now if instead of focusing on blaming BP, the White House had turned it's attention to preventing the spread of the spill early in the game. One has to wonder: did the White House want the oil "dispersed" as quickly as possible for the same reasons BP did? (Out of sight, therefore off the public mind...)

Once we've exhausted ourselves castigating BP, perhaps someone in Congress may get around to inviting the crisis-planners in the White House to a committee hearing as well. I wonder if they'll say they're sorry?

Posted by: thomas777 | June 17, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

"This time the republicans are correct! BP and Obama are responsible.

I am totally disgusted with the politician's ugly behavior. They take BP's money and support then act as if they are holier than thou when all along they are no better than BP.

Kerry is pushing cap and trade with BP's support. BP has supported Obama with the stimulus, and bailouts, and Obama's green push. BP has given Obama huge sums of money.

We need to clean house in November!"
Posted by: elby | June 17, 2010 12:07 PM
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It is tea party nut-cases (elby) like the one above that make things up with no facts or evidence to support their decisive claims for other nut-cases to embrace.


Posted by: brocker1 | June 17, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Man they are POUNDING THIS GUY! He is as RED as a BEET! he looks like he would rather be ANYWHERE ON EARTH than in that chair!

ROTFLMBAO!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | June 17, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

In addition, President Obama was the top recipient of BP campaign money during the 2008 presidential election. Obama collected $71,000, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. The Obama campaign should return all of its BP money.
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I believe you are wrong. McCain took more, and taking all oil industry donations in to account and not a specific company, it's even worse.

Not that it isn't usually the case that smart businesses donate the most to the candidate they think is going to win.

Posted by: JoeT1 | June 17, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I think it would be even more "enlightening" if we could read all of Congress's e-mail! Kudos to the previous poster who said this "show" was hypocritical, self-serving badgering by contemptible and feckless congressional creeps. In addition, most of them don't know anything about what they are questioning and are culpable as well.

Posted by: spudszz | June 17, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

The Obama regime and corrupt Democrats were the ones in charge when this spilled occurred...and responsible for issuing permits and doing safety inspections prior to the explosion.

Take responsibility instead of throwing blows...own it - LibTards.

Posted by: joesmithdefend
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Actually, no. Barton spearheaded the 2005 Bush legislation that required MMS to approve drilling applications not more than 30 days after receipt because he thought MMS was taking too long to review safety and was keeping his oil companies from making money faster so they could make donations to him faster. That's the regulatory and statutory framework that Obama inherited.

and as for the shakedown. some Republicans were claiming that Obama stole the idea from them! and funny, their shares are up on the escrow deal.

Posted by: JoeT1 | June 17, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Reading the comments posted by the LIB T@RDS of America is priceless. Theses fools complain about EVERYTHING do nothing about ANYTHING and if they actually got what they wished for we would be standing around watching a bunch of m0rons crying that they cannot drive their Subaru all while wearing burlap clothing and sandals and starving. Open your eyes dumb@zzes. With out oil we become an extension of Mexico just another 3rd world dump. The US became the super power it is because of oil. I really have to wonder what the f$%k their teaching these kids in school no a days.

Posted by: askgees | June 17, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

So...Republicans are groveling to BP and apologizing for making them pay for their disaster...which means they'd rather have the American taxpayer foot the bill.

Looks like another one of those Republican bailouts of huge incompetent corporations that destroy America...like Bush's $700 billion bailout of Wall Street in October 2008.

Republicans are clearly Socialists...with Marxist overtones.

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 17, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Yay! A republican siding with BP. What a wonderful gift for the next election cycle.

If we're really lucky, the GOP will start blaming people in LA & MS for the spill and calling them deadbeats. Let it be so!

Posted by: Matthew_DC | June 17, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama and the Democrats are trying to shift their own inertia in this disaster.

They know there's a t*rd in the middle of the room that they laid. They'd rather you look elsewhere and blame someone else for the smell.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | June 17, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse
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And please tell me how you came up with this load of........?

Posted by: Angryman | June 17, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse


Henry Waxman has made a congressional career out of being a snide interrogator of witnesses at congressional hearings.

Take away Waxman's grandstanding and there is not a lot to recommend him as a legislator, certainly not one who has been a member of Congress since 1975.

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 17, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Joe Barton’s defense of and Kowtowing to BP executives is NOT supporting efforts to Stop or Cleanup the spill, but it would encourage Oil Companies to keep Drilling without 3rd Party Insurance and Relief Wells knowing they have him watching their Back instead of Protecting the American People.

The Fight for the Victims is not over:

Remove BP from Cleanup Operation and hire Private Companies to do it and Bill all Expenses to BP.

1. Require all Oil Companies Proof of Insurance to Drill in USA Waters. Oil Companies must get insurance to prove their Drilling Safety preparation. Let Private 3rd Party Insurance Companies bring the power of Private Industry to help insure safe operations.

2. Bring in Oil Supertankers to suck in the Oil and Post Smaller Skimmer Boats closer to the Shore to get out of their way. Supertankers sit lower in the water than Skimmers. It worked in the Persian Gulf and it can work here!

3. Hire Barges to serve as Barrier Walls with Suction Pumps and Separators to Suck the Oil off the water and Dispose of it in Refineries along the coast.

4. Mobilize a Massive Manpower effort with Hazmat Suits and Training to lay Millions of Oil Absorbing Hay Bales and Smart Sponges which Absorb Oil while Repelling Water and Float for easy retrieval, Vacuums to suck up on shore Oil and Sand-Sifting machines, which are capable of cleaning long areas of beach in minutes rather than the hours it takes to do the work by hand.

5. Require Secondary Relief Wells for all Current and Future Deep Sea Drilling and Remote Acoustic Triggers for Shut Off Valves.

Let's Guide BP to employ Tens of Thousands of USA workers in Safety Preparation, Prevention, Maintenance Inspection, Oil Cleanup, USA made Oil Platforms, USA Carbon Fiber Drilling Pipelines, making Sand Sifter machines, Laying Boom, Hay, Smart Sponges, manning Barges, Pumps and Separators and other Oil Cleanup Technologies and become the Safest and most Productive Oil Company on the planet.

Posted by: liveride | June 17, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

while the Democrats are KICKING it in the name of the American People and the Gulf of Mexico
Posted by: wilder5121

Sure would love to what your definition of "Kicking it" IS? No National Emergency declared, no implementation of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Messiah dithering for 6 weeks before declaring "Plug that hole". Even Chris Matthews and Carville are saying that your Messiah in competent.
And here lib is what the Rolling Stone Mag had to say about the democRATS poster BOY:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/111965?RS_show_page=0

Barack Hussein Obama-Put a fork in him!!

Posted by: trippermeow | June 17, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

You go, Rep Markey (D)!

Thank you for insisting that BP show the live video feed.

Without you BP would still be trying to blow smoke.

Thank you for your tough questioning and for all the comparative information about other natl and internatl' corporate disasters- and explaining why it is so important to build a record and continue the process of holding BP accountable.

Poor Rep. Sullivan (R) so consumed with some weird conspiracy theory that he comes across as petty and ineffective. Sullivan is not interested in building a record against BP- just 'shooting blanks'

This is a good day for our country... and I am proud to be a Democrat. This isn't about big govt. or small govt. this is about oversight and about good governance.

Thank you Congress! This hearing won't bring back the dead or help immediately but this will build a record- and send a signal to the multinationals that our country AMERICA is not going to be treated like a failed third world nation.

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | June 17, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

traderdad37:
"Obama the Extortionist."

Poor widdle BP. That mean old President wants them to be responsible for the damage. Why won't he just leave them alone? :(

Posted by: presto668 | June 17, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I would be so grateful if someone could explain to me, why the GOP is defending BP, the perpetrators of the biggest ecological disaster in American history. I haven't seen or heard them propose any of the small people whose exisxtance is threatened by this oil spill for years, no persons in their right mind could support the GOP based upon their solutions for America. They are still trying to drive America off a cliff for their political gain, Pathetic !

Posted by: wave06 | June 17, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse


It's good for the American people to see all of the Republicans down on their knees apologizing and tenderly KISSING Tony Hayward's rear end in these hearings...while the Democrats are KICKING it in the name of the American People and the Gulf of Mexico...as he and the consistently lying BP so richly deserve.

Reminds us all of exactly how this disaster came to happen in the first place. Makes for a much clearer choice come November.

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 17, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama the Extortionist.

Posted by: traderdad37 | June 17, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, if Waxman is saying BP is resisting questions it must be absolutely so, because Waxman is the epitome of honor and righteousness and probity.

I do have one question though. If this is a typical House hearing, does the witness even get a word in edgewise?

Posted by: bandmom22 | June 17, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

If i was BP I would have said we drilled under legislation you passed Senator. Waxman is an Ahole.

Posted by: FLvet | June 17, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The Demagogue-ing Democrats . . . that's my new name for a party who's primary function is to seek political advantage by villifying and crucifying anyone that is a successful business that makes a profit.

President Obama recieved campaign funds from BP!

Now BP is the anti-christ. Is there some kind of hypocrisy and lewdness to this latest attack?

What a bunch of haters who profit politically making others into haters.

I'm really getting sick of it.

Posted by: reddog62 | June 17, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Waxman is what you get when man lies with barnyard animals. I first saw him in "The Island of Dr. Moreau".

Posted by: tulsadave | June 17, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

ThinkDeep-when's the last time you actually tried to "think"? Big Pharma, Big Oil, Big Tobacco, Fixed News, Hannity, Rush, blah blah blah blah. Running dry of plays from the liberal playbook or are you just retarded?

"SOMEWHERE IN KENYA, A VILLAGE IS MISSING ITS IDIOT"

Posted by: trippermeow | June 17, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Someone bleated:
"
Barton should NOT have apologized. Will anyone stand up against this Banana republic mobocracy without the rule of law? This is what happens when marxist demagogues rule the country...and every "crises" becomes a preamble to subvert due process for larger "public good". Welcome to the United Banana Republic."


A couple of days ago Belgians elected a government that wants to split the country
(Belgium has an area of 30,510 sq km (11,780 sq mi) and extends 280 km (174 mi) SE – NW and 222 km (137 mi). Comparatively, the area is about the same size as the state of Maryland.)

into two countries. One for Flemish speakers and another for French speaking people.

In the near future Bachman, Palin, Limbaugh, O'really, Hannity, Beck, Boehner will probably do the same thing.
The hate spewed by right will lead to this and may be the best thing for the U.S.

Posted by: The-Historian | June 17, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

So a senator thinks he has all of the answers when the investigation has not been completed??? No wonder the US is in the shape it's in. Guess what Wax@zz???? Come Nov. you're being sent home so don't fret too much over the oil spill your replacement will have to handle that....

Posted by: askgees | June 17, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

How corrupt, how lunatic, are Republicans!!!
I mean how could this Texas Repuke be apologizing to BP for having forced to set aside funds to compensate th victims of their disaster in the Gulf.

Who are those brain dead people that still do not get it that Rush, Beck, Fixed news, etc. LYING right-wing Media and Republicans in general are simply agents of Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Military, Big Banks, etc. aka Wall Street Gang) and will say any lunatic LIES to get away with this Con Job.

Much more here:
http://RealNewsPost.com?n=think.34034

Posted by: ThinkDeep | June 17, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

So President obama goes to our allies, and appolgizes for the reckless and illegal behavior of the rogue administration that we suffered through for 8 years. He does this to restore relationships with key strategic allies in order to strengthen the United States on the world stage and restore our place of world leadership. Republicons go into fits of rage and foam at the mouth.

Posted by: John1263

Only a PO S liberal would go around apologizing for fighting terrorism, eh loser? Meanwhile, the community organizer is once again grabbing his ankles while Putin tells him what to do. Missile defense, we don't need no missile defense-that's why they gave me the Peace Prize. No wonder Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Brazil and Venezuela were singing "Kumbaya" when the magic neg roe was elected POTUS.

Barack Hussein Obama-America's weakest link!

Posted by: trippermeow | June 17, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that the Republican Party and its supporters will be more than willing to let President Bush and Obama take the blame for this. This will take the focus off from them for polices they they co-signed or helped dismantle. I would like the media and congress to please not bite the hook and hold everyone regardless of political persuasion to party to be held accountable. Who cares whose fault it is, fix it!! Anthony Tomeo

Posted by: deantopa | June 17, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Barton...you need to retire...where is your head. It's the only right thing Mr. Obama did.

Posted by: Bockscar | June 17, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Barton...you need to retire...where is your head. It's the only right thing Mr. Obama did.

Posted by: Bockscar | June 17, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Waxman? LMAO thats like saying BP should care what an invertebrate says or thinks. Waxman?

Thats just too funny. Little smarmy pig man thinks he is a bully but reality is...after November Waxman's looks will equal his influence. Smarmy little nothing piggy.

Posted by: Straightline | June 17, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Barton...you need to retire...where is your head. It's the only right thing Mr. Obama did.

Posted by: Bockscar | June 17, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Barton should NOT have apologized. Will anyone stand up against this Banana republic mobocracy without the rule of law? This is what happens when marxist demagogues rule the country...and every "crises" becomes a preamble to subvert due process for larger "public good". Welcome to the United Banana Republic.

Posted by: NoWeCant | June 17, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

So President obama goes to our allies, and appolgizes for the reckless and illegal behavior of the rogue administration that we suffered through for 8 years. He does this to restore relationships with key strategic allies in order to strengthen the United States on the world stage and restore our place of world leadership. Republicons go into fits of rage and foam at the mouth.

Fast forward -- BP, a foreign company doing business here in the US at our suffereance, and following the lax oversight policies of that same rogue administraion, set up deep water rigs with insufficient safety equipment. When that company fouls the entire southern seaboard of the United States republicons grovel and appologize to the oil company for makeing them part with their precious oil soaked money to pay clean up and damages.

How telling. We know who stands for America and Americans, and who clearly does not.

Posted by: John1263 | June 17, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the community organizer continues to dither.

Posted by: trippermeow | June 17, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse


Is BP's $20 billion dollar BP escrow fund a 'shakedown' or legitimate claim? VOTE

http://www.youpolls.com/default.asp

.

Posted by: usadblake | June 17, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

It's good for the American people to see Republicans down on their knees apologizing and tenderly KISSING Tony Hayward's rear end in these hearings...while the Democrats are KICKING it in the name of the American People and the Gulf of Mexico...as he and the consistently lying BP so richly deserve.

Reminds us all of exactly how this disaster came to happen in the first place. Makes for a much clearer choice come November.

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 17, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

For Clinton era counter-terrosim:

http://fl1.findlaw.com/news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/terrorism/clarke32404stmt.pdf

The relevant parts are in the first few pages. bush was so eager to be ABC (anything but Clinton) ignored the advice of the experts who had been working on this for years. To our collective harm.

Posted by: John1263 | June 17, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

It's good for the American people to see Republicans down on their knees apologizing and tenderly KISSING Tony Hayward's rear end in these hearings...while the Democrats are KICKING it in the name of the American People and the Gulf of Mexico...as he and the consistently lying BP so richly deserve.

Reminds us all of exactly how this disaster came to happen in the first place. Makes for a much clearer choice come November.

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 17, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that the Republican party will be glad to allow President Bush to take the hit for this as it will take the pressure off from them for the polices that they co-signed under him. Then they will blame President Obama. It's a great one, two punch that they hope will take the focus off what ever responsibility they might have for this mess. I hope that the media and the congress will see through this propaganda stunt and hold the Republican party and its leadership culpable. Anthony Tomeo

Posted by: deantopa | June 17, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

--------------------------------------OOPS OOPS OOPS OOPS 2008 ALERT!

BOILERMAKERS.ORG
A statement from Barack Obama on OSHA violations
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Hearing

Senator Barack Obama

April 29, 2008

Given that yesterday [April 28] was Workers Memorial Day, it is a fitting time to look at the Department of Labor's performance in enforcing workplace health and safety laws. And the report that the majority issued today proves that the agency is failing on the job.

Posted by: Pat32 | June 17, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

It's good for the American people to see Republicans down on their knees apologizing and tenderly KISSING Tony Hayward's rear end in these hearings...while the Democrats are KICKING it in the name of the American People and the Gulf of Mexico...as he and the consistently lying BP so richly deserve.

Reminds us all of exactly how this disaster came to happen in the first place. Makes for a much clearer choice come November.

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 17, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

So the GOP, who used to be GO BP, are now wanting the Dems to go down with BP. I don't even know where to start with this one it's just too silly...

Posted by: icurhuman2
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Teach a man to fish ....(independents, patriots,townhalls,teaparty ...including the remaining true democrats and republicans)

FEED a man.....and he will return enslaved.....( Progressives/unions)

Posted by: Pat32 | June 17, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I am very proud to be a Democrat.

John Dingell is building a record, he is not showboating.

This is exactly how our government should work. My sincere wish is that every CEO, CFO, COO etc.. pause and place themselves in the position of Tony Hayward of BP.
If nothing else happens, I hope it will result in better decision making.

IMHO, some of the people posting must be lobbyists for the oil industry.
Having read some of the posts, what other conclusion can be reached?

Thank you, thank you, thank you Congress. Keep it up, our country has for too too long now been treated by multinational corporations as though we are an underdeveloped country with a weak govt. and 'easy pickings.'

Thank you Congress. This is a good day to be an American.

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | June 17, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jeanhecht | June 17, 2010 1:00

If there is anyone from an administration who should be seated next to Tony Hayward, it should be Dick Cheney. He was up to his eyeballs in the non-regulation of the oil industry during the Bush-Cheney administration.
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SALAZAR: "Minerals Management Service (MMS) to assemble all known information about offshore energy resources and identifying where there are gaps". (2/2009)

Then google Obama's speech at the (Boilermakers.org) 2008 campaign convention. It was typical Bush bashing and promises of better over-sight of the big bad oil companies.
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INSTEAD OF "REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH".........checking in with our energy department would have been a FIRST GREAT MOVE!

Posted by: Pat32 | June 17, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jeanhecht | June 17, 2010 1:00

If there is anyone from an administration who should be seated next to Tony Hayward, it should be Dick Cheney. He was up to his eyeballs in the non-regulation of the oil industry during the Bush-Cheney administration.
-----------------------------------------------------
SALAZAR: "Minerals Management Service (MMS) to assemble all known information about offshore energy resources and identifying where there are gaps". (2/2009)

Then google Obama's speech at the (Boilermakers.org) 2008 campaign convention. It was typical Bush bashing and promises of better over-sight of the big bad oil companies.
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INSTEAD OF "REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH".........checking in with our energy department would have been a FIRST GREAT MOVE!

Posted by: Pat32 | June 17, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jeanhecht | June 17, 2010 1:00

If there is anyone from an administration who should be seated next to Tony Hayward, it should be Dick Cheney. He was up to his eyeballs in the non-regulation of the oil industry during the Bush-Cheney administration.
-----------------------------------------------------
SALAZAR: "Minerals Management Service (MMS) to assemble all known information about offshore energy resources and identifying where there are gaps". (2/2009)

Then google Obama's speech at the (Boilermakers.org) 2008 campaign convention. It was typical Bush bashing and promises of better over-sight of the big bad oil companies.
-----------------------------
INSTEAD OF "REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH".........checking in with our energy department would have been a FIRST GREAT MOVE!

Posted by: Pat32 | June 17, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Barton should be tossed out on his ear. Perhaps he should go to LA. and see if they want him to apologize to the company that stripped them of their ability to make a living. The man is a shill for Big Oil, and is a fool.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 17, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I love it when libs start acting tough on terrorism after years of appeasing those responsible for 9/11. What's next, saluting the flag on July 4th instead of lighting the flag on fire? LMAO!!

Posted by: trippermeow | June 17, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his team are Masters of DEFLECTION

and that is exactly what this every day photo op crap is

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs to the Wall Street BAILOUT

and their benefits have been lopped off for weeks

Where is Obama?

Those Americans are now going to lose their houses, can't pay their mortgages or house insurance, light bills, taxes.

These Americans lost their jobs to the Wall Street THIEVES that Obama couldn't help fast enough so they could keep their second, third and summer homes.


Where's the "HOPE" Mr. Obama ? You're all HYPE Mr. Obama.


Where is even one thing to say about it Mr. Obama - one word of support or some arm twisting for the Americans who bailed out the THIEVES?


You are not CHANGE Mr. Obama

Your back pockets are stuffed with American Tax Dollars and you are no better than Prince George


Democrats gave you the power to create Change. And all you do is rake in the cha-ching for yourself.

Just say bye bye to re-election. Mid term and yours.

Posted by: Thinker | June 17, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

So the GOP, who used to be GO BP, are now wanting the Dems to go down with BP. I don't even know where to start with this one it's just too silly...

Posted by: icurhuman2 | June 17, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Joe Barton, a True Texan is worried about his real constituents becoming unhappy with him. As usual, the people are abandoned by their elected representative for money. And why not, the White House shakedown produced a lot more money from BP than Barton's.

IS THIS AN INCUMBENT WHO YOU'D LIKE TO RE-ELECT???
IS THERE REALLY ANY INCUMBENT YOU HATE TO SEE LEAVE D.C.?

WORK AND VOTE AGAINST EVERY INCUMBENT YOU CAN.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 17, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post is reporting the real news - thank you - while the NY Times is still in denial.

Posted by: voice02 | June 17, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Joe Barton is a lover of corporate welfare and a dear Born Again Christian man who is allowed to say whatever he pleases. What else should we expect from a Republicon Hypocrite taking up for big business and Wall Street????

Posted by: juanchin | June 17, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

So the GOP wants to blame President Obama. Let me get this straight. May I ask whom they blame for starting the war in Iraq in 2003? I believe that the vast majority of safety rules were violated prior to January 2009 with regards to the Gulf oil platform. That is, the foundation for the catastrophic failure of late was laid prior to January 2009. I have noticed that Dick Cheney has been very quiet lately. Perhaps those private meetings should be forced into the open.

Posted by: EarlC | June 17, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this the same GOP that has repeatedly critized the President for apologizing to the world for Bush-era excesses and frankly, illegalities?

A Congressional representative apologizing to BP for creating the worst ecological disaster in American history? Honest, you couldn't make this stuff up.

Posted by: amaikovich | June 17, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

It is a shame that the people who provide the gasoline that the liberal scum uses to power their automobiles are subjected to the hypocritical self-serving badgering by contemptible and feckless congressional creeps.

Posted by: RufusTWashington | June 17, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

so Republicans can accuse Obama of apologizing for America to other nations, but it's OK to apologize to BP?

Posted by: JoeT1 | June 17, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

It is a far cry from him not fixing those problems to bush actively dismantling the counter-terrorism ctructures Clinton had put in place, but still, no one is omnipotent or omnicient.

Posted by: John1263 | June 17, 2010 12:54 PM

LMAO!! What are you smoking loser? Clinton had no counter-terrorism structures. He gutting our intelligence which is why bin Laden said we were a "Paper Tiger". 9/11 was planned on Clinton's watch, with many of those terrorists training in the US on how to fly an airplane without caring how to land one. And Clinton had Sandy Berger go to the National Archives and steal documents in his socks that showed how weak Clinton was on terrorism. Must be April Fools day, eh lib?

LIBERALS.......FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS RESPONSIBLE FOR 9/11, WHILE TRYING TO PROSECUTE THOSE TRYING TO PREVENT ANOTHER 9/11. JUST WHOSE SIDE ARE THE ON?

Posted by: trippermeow | June 17, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: John1263 | June 17, 2010 12:54

So if you accept the premise that because it happened while President Obama was in office it is therefore his fault, then you also accept that 9/11 was bush's fault and he should be held accountable. Right?
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In these desparate times, all Americans want is the truth..........NOW AND PRESENT TIME. THAT is what we thought obama offered. NOT! Obama's fundamental change is "socialism". I do not know of one American soldier that has died for SOCIALISM.

If you are out for blood, lets look at the PROGRESSIVE PARTY. Maybe those " presidential " papers Sandy Berger stole and shredded DURING the 911 investigation were proof that the Saudi King offered Bin Laden to (at the time) president clinton. IF SO......911 NEVER had to happen. Do you want that investigated too?

Posted by: Pat32 | June 17, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

If there is anyone from an administration who should be seated next to Tony Hayward, it should be Dick Cheney. He was up to his eyeballs in the non-regulation of the oil industry during the Bush-Cheney administration. For Republicans to say that Obama is to blame is totally ridiculous. I have noticed that Cheney has been very quiet since the spill occurred. Only his daughter has been out waving her mouth. I don't know how these Republicans can look in the mirror every morning.

Posted by: jeanhecht | June 17, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

What planet do you righties live on? BP is liable, and in order to expedite claims VOLUNTARILY AGREED to set up a fund to expedite payments to those harmed and to execute their responsibilites for clean up. What part of that is "extortion?" What part of that strikes anyone as an invasion on BPs "soveriegnty?" you people would criticize President Obama if he came to you house and crapped a pile of gold bricks on your front lawn. I can hear you now complaining about gold being a polutant, or how he did not ask permission to use your lawn, or that he did wipe to your satisfaction.

Posted by: John1263 | June 17, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

What a complete joke!

Republicans trying to blame President Obama when it's the Republicans who deregulated Big Oil, own stock in Big Oil, and have turned a blind eye to anything and everything Big Oil wants.

Republicans HAVE to be speaking to the weak minded psyco nut cases out there, because anybody with a brain is yet to forget that Republicans took us to war in Iraq because Iraq is the 2nd largest oil producing nation in the world, 2nd only to Saudi Arabia, who Republicans are also in bed with.

Republicans gave Saudi Arabia a free pass on the 9/11 attacks, even though some 17 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, the Bush-Cheney Administration never even batted an eye at the oil rich nation.

Posted by: lindalovejones | June 17, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Enjoy retirement. Kick back and relax and enjoy the remaining years of your life. No matter what you do, we'll take the country where we want to when you're dead. This temper tantrum is quite undignified. It's especially annoying to be lectured to about government spending by a generation that is opposed to both spending cuts and tax hikes. Grow up or shut up.

Posted by: jjhare | June 17, 2010 12:09 PM

--------------------------------------OOPS OOPS OOPS OOPS 2008 ALERT!

BOILERMAKERS.ORG
A statement from Barack Obama on OSHA violations
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Hearing

Senator Barack Obama

April 29, 2008

Given that yesterday [April 28] was Workers Memorial Day, it is a fitting time to look at the Department of Labor's performance in enforcing workplace health and safety laws. And the report that the majority issued today proves that the agency is failing on the job.

Posted by: Pat32 | June 17, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have backed themselves into a corner with their strategy of knee-jerk opposition to anything that Obama does. The only play that leaves them on the oil spill and the escrow fund is to defend BP. They would be smarter just to keep quiet, given that all the blame is being directed at BP, but they're not bright enough to realize that. Joe Barton's apology to BP should be included in every campaign ad that Democrats run this fall. Nothing else needs to be said.

Posted by: jayelle5 | June 17, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

This Congress should acknowledge that their offshore drilling resolution passed late last year, cut off all shallow water oil exploration. Ironically, that is where most of our resources are.... in shallow water.
___________________________________

YOU need a new source for your news or education. There is more oil in the deepwaters, that is the reason they drill there.

You obviously flunked home schooling!

Posted by: joemcnamara1 | June 17, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

So if you accept the premise that because it happened while President Obama was in office it is therefore his fault, then you also accept that 9/11 was bush's fault and he should be held accountable. Right?

Because rightards are sometimes slow --- the point is that president's do not control everything. While it would have been good for president Obama to have fixed the problems with offshore drilling left over from a decade of neglect he was focuse on the first things that needed doing -- fixing the economy for one (and yes - health care reform is central to the health of the econoy, righties. It is the main reason American businesses have trouble compteing globally) It is a far cry from him not fixing those problems to bush actively dismantling the counter-terrorism ctructures Clinton had put in place, but still, no one is omnipotent or omnicient.

Posted by: John1263 | June 17, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

The WP should prohibit usage of the comment board to insane people. Mitch McConnell, John Boehner,Rush Limbaugh,Glenn Beck,Sean Hannity and the rest of the nattering naboobs of negativism lead a small group of conspiracy theorist and insane thought.

The anti-Obama and anti-gov movement is coming home to roost for the GOP. More people are in favor of health care reform, now that the death panel rhetoric has been proven to be insane and lies.

Congressman Joe Barton claiming today at the hearing that BP and all corporations should be free to do whatever they want, without liability.

Mitch and the boys just put the shoe up their rear end. The Republican party is un American. Barton would rather workers die and not be compensated so BP can become rich.

The GOP has now become the "Grand Oil Party". They easily slide into the pocket of big oil. Dead workers, animals killed and stuck in oil, our great gulf waters, beaches and communities destroyed by oil.

Republicans are out of touch with America.

Posted by: COWENS99 | June 17, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

The Wall Street Journal reports, $2 billion of your tax dollars will soon be going to the state-owned Brazilian oil company, Petrobras so they can explore the off-shore Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin.

Read more: http://www.atr.org/obama-spend-billions-oil-explorationin-brazil-a3761##ixzz0r87Qn4rJ

Posted by: trippermeow | June 17, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

let's start with the criminal bush/cheney when handing out blame.

a little honesty would be different from the corporate lackeys known as the party of no idea.

Posted by: xxxxxx1 | June 17, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Will Republican hypocrisy never end? How many subpoenas did Dick Cheney, for one, safely endure regarding the energy policies of this country over the past 8 years that allowed such a tragedy to occur with so little safeguard against it? I agree with those who say that Obama has not been forceful enough in his handling of this situation; but make no mistake, he inherited this situation from the very party who wants to blame him now. At this point, Obama has been blamed for everything including the opening of an envelope, even those envelopes that Republicans have mailed. Doesn't seem to make much difference any more. They just toss stuff on the wall and hope it sticks. And then they expect your vote come fall. I say give me a reason to vote for you and I'll consider it. Whining and flame throwing won't do it.

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | June 17, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The Shareholders of BP one or more may already be seeking out class action attorneys to bring a derivative suit against the company and the Federal Government to bring an injunction to stop the payments and recoup the first five billion dollars if it has already been wired. What law allows this? What law allows a President to take funds by shakedown and hand them over to a third party to give to claimants? What law gave us a King?

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | June 17, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I certainly take it as "passing on blame" when the president says he takes full responsibility for the actions of the government....

What a tricky guy -- he SAYS he is taking responsibility as a way of tricking everyone into thinking it is someone elses fault......

did that sound enough like glen beck? Or do you have to cry to get it authentic?

Posted by: John1263 | June 17, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"Drill Baby Drill"...

Republicans are among the most pathetic people on the planet.

Their motto "Take No Blame" & "Assume No Responsibility" basically define that party.

Why would we ever trust them to govern the country again?

Posted by: Citi__Street | June 17, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

My dear God, what a bunch of disgusting preening congressional weasels, especially Henry Waxman.

Posted by: RufusTWashington | June 17, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

What to you expect the GOP to say, of course they will blame Obama, the party of NO continues as usual.

If they really get serious Mr. Bush and his main man Chaney will really names will come forward, so the GOP better back off or the truth done in the dark rooms will be brought to the light by these two oil men at past VP of Halliburton (Cheney).

The little a President can do in this situation Obama has done, and shown some concern and pushed things forward.

I see he got 20 billion from BP, shows actions speak louder that words or a cheap photo opt and then do nothing.

Note Republicans are starting to slowly protect BP...per usual again the party of big business who wants things back the way they were, good for them and their pockets, as well for banks and wall-street, but bad for the rest of us.

Same old party and same old story. They need new leadership...these "old white guys" are stuck in rut.

Posted by: pjaud | June 17, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

When I see the federal response in the gulf and all baloney that goes on, I am furious. But when I see a Republican, who are responsible for this oil gusher, criticizing Obama for this, I am more than furious.

Let's now look and be reminded of the poster-children for “loose regulations,” and “Government needs to get out of the way,” the Republicans; let us see what they did with the MMS: . .

1) Republicans defeated new drilling regulations, up grades that might have saved lives, protected our environment, and prevented the Drill-Baby-Drill Oil Spill ( after all we already had far too many regulations ),

2) Fought supporting development of the electric car ( that would have made us less dependent on Big Oil ),

3) Fought research and development of clean sustainable alternative energy resources ( 74% of Big Oil’s political donations went to the Party of Loose Regulations ),

4) Created a culture in America that Poo-pooed environmentalist as “gloom and doomers,” and “butterfly chasers.”

5) Created a culture where agencies were just the bungling arms of an unworthy government, who should only get out of the way and stop being a problem,

6) Created a culture were agencies got into bed with the Corporations they regulated ( why not, Corporations knew better anyway ),

7) In 2005 Republicans within the Department of Interior passed regulations which left environmental concerns to the judgment of the Oil Corporations,

8) In November 2008, a dozen Republican drill baby drill cohorts ( two of them previous appointees with stanch Republican track records against environmental science and safety regulations ) were made civil servants in high positions in the MMS, in order to delay for a long time Obama being able to have proper influence over that agency,

9) Bush appointees headed MMS until Elizabeth Birnbaum, who was appointed by Obama, took office in July 2009. Even after that, the dozen Republicans, who had at the last minute been entrenched high up in the MMS, remained there because of civil service laws ( See: . . #8 ).

10) In April 2009, three months before Elizabeth Birnbaum’s appointment, while still operating under Bush appointees and the dozen entrenched civil servants, BP’s Deepwater Horizon’s permit was signed, wavers and all.

11) Just two weeks ago, Republicans prevented any raise on the $75 million economic injury cap – better to have Americans to shoulder that trillion dollar loss to their homes, jobs, and businesses. ( Thank goodness, Obama has found away around this. )

Posted by: Here2day | June 17, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

joesmithdefend wrote: The Obama regime and corrupt Democrats were the ones in charge when this spilled occurred...and responsible for issuing permits and doing safety inspections prior to the explosion.

Take responsibility instead of throwing blows...own it - LibTards.
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How could they?? Bush and Cheney spent so much time fellating Big Oil that they let them do whatever they wanted.

BP refused to pay the $500,000 for the upgrades, not Obama. See, it's that really disjointed approach people like you take where anything and everything can be his fault.

Posted by: obx2004 | June 17, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama spends all his time on political posturing, passing blame, and proving to the American public that he will squeeze BP for money.

Meanwhile the well is still leaking and not a word about that.

Obama has studied Alinksy too much.

Posted by: pgr88 | June 17, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

A SHAKEDOWN BY A HYPOCRITE THAT APPROVED DEEP OIL DRILLING AND HAS NOT STOPPED IT. A WAG THE DOG MOVE TO COVER UP HIS LACK OF LEADERSHIP.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts2660

Mobocracy and a "shake down"

We have had presidents tell the Steel Industry not to strike and they listened. We have had Presidents tell them not to raise prices and they listened, but this President lead a ban of shakedown artists that would have made the other infamous Chicago Gangster Al Capone shake with envy.

20 billion dollars of money that belonged to this company and its shareholders, mainly Americans and retired was extorted from them in plain sight and most are cheering.

They admitted liability. They said they would pay all damages. They apologized and yet shouts of you should go to jail come flying out of the crowd.
Why not hang them now and get it over with? Why not nationalize the entire company and keep it all?

What happened to BP can happen to any company. Shall we next see a takeover when an airline crashes.

Did we take over Saudi Arabia when they shook us down with Opec?
6/17/2010 12:40:31 PM

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | June 17, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

barton calling the BP fund a "shakedown" is like having someone run their car through the front of your house, and then when their insurance company pays to fix the house it is a "shakedown."

Some interesting logic from that genius.

Posted by: John1263 | June 17, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey GOP... remember the secret meetings dipwad cheney had with the oil execs back in 2001? This oil spill is a direct result of what they discussed and agreed upon - lax regulations and gutting of corporate responsibility. Oh yeah... and gaming the market for record oil profits.

The bush & the Dick - HalliBush, Inc. Big Oil’s best friends!

Posted by: 4Jaxon


LMAO!! Cut-n-paste from the DailyKook is so easy, even a liberal can do it!

Barack Hussein Obama as POTUS is like making the janitor CEO.

Posted by: trippermeow | June 17, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

A SHAKEDOWN BY A HYPOCRITE THAT APPROVED DEEP OIL DRILLING AND HAS NOT STOPPED IT. A WAG THE DOG MOVE TO COVER UP HIS LACK OF LEADERSHIP.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts2660

Mobocracy and a "shake down"

We have had presidents tell the Steel Industry not to strike and they listened. We have had Presidents tell them not to raise prices and they listened, but this President lead a ban of shakedown artists that would have made the other infamous Chicago Gangster Al Capone shake with envy.

20 billion dollars of money that belonged to this company and its shareholders, mainly Americans and retired was extorted from them in plain sight and most are cheering.

They admitted liability. They said they would pay all damages. They apologized and yet shouts of you should go to jail come flying out of the crowd.
Why not hang them now and get it over with? Why not nationalize the entire company and keep it all?

What happened to BP can happen to any company. Shall we next see a takeover when an airline crashes.

Did we take over Saudi Arabia when they shook us down with Opec?
6/17/2010 12:40:31 PM

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | June 17, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The GOP who have pressed for oil co's to operate in a de-/self-regulated and massively subsidized environment should not be pointing fingers outward.


Posted by: AlanBrowne

Grow a pair lib. The democRATS have been in charge of Congress since 2007 and the White House since 2009. Reality sux, eh loser?

"LIBERALISM.......A TRUE MENTAL DISORDER"

Posted by: trippermeow | June 17, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats should save this video of Barton and play it over and over in the 2012 elections to just drive home the point that the GOP is bought-and-paid-for by Big Oil and serves at their pleasure, NOT the American public's.

The Republigoons are such tools.

Posted by: B-rod | June 17, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey GOP... remember the secret meetings dipwad cheney had with the oil execs back in 2001? This oil spill is a direct result of what they discussed and agreed upon - lax regulations and gutting of corporate responsibility. Oh yeah... and gaming the market for record oil profits.

The bush & the Dick - HalliBush, Inc. Big Oil’s best friends!

Posted by: 4Jaxon | June 17, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The GOP who have pressed for oil co's to operate in a de-/self-regulated and massively subsidized environment should not be pointing fingers outward.

Posted by: AlanBrowne | June 17, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

ooops Obama just left to play a round of golf with his Chicago buddies which were seen carrying a bag with a white substance. Hey Barry, enjoy yourself and kick some oily pelican's a$$.

Posted by: Dashark1 | June 17, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

How surprising! Republicans will do or say anything to hurt their own country and save oil company profits!

Posted by: jjedif | June 17, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

You pc is not being powered by oil, moron. Less than 1% of electric in the US is generated by oil, because of laws that President Carter passed during the econd oil crisis in the 1970s.

alternative energies are viable, they work, and they are already being used here and around the world. Our political system, being structured the way it is and given the wide berth our conservative courts have given corporation incliding big oil, has been slow to move and thus we are far far behind. Again, goes back to reaga -- if you recall President Carter put solar panels on the WH which reagan pulled off within days of taking office. He then quickly rescinded funding for alternative energy and put us firmly back on oil - relaxed CAFE standards etc and gave big tax cuts for big oil.

So alternatives are not some "pipe dream." You can run your own house one them today if you can afford the start up costs. We could, of course, offer los interest loans to put those systems in because it is a national security issue. And we could offer tax incentives to both conserve and use alternative energy sources, for the same reason. Oh that's right. this administration has done just that and some us have already done it. When oil dissapears from all the viable places to get it in the next 30 years there will be no lalternative EXCEPT alternative.

Posted by: John1263 | June 17, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

REPLYING TO: "The ranking Republican on the subcommittee holding the hearing did provide the CEO some defense. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said the $20 billion the White House forced BP to put into escrow for claims against the company amounts to a "shakedown."

"I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday," Barton said. "I apologize. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or corporation does anything wrong," they are subjected to such political pressure."

Then please do us ALL a favor, Rep. Barton, and hit the road!

Posted by: DCSteve1 | June 17, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

If not for a decade of republicon deregulatory policies, and of course 3 decades of reagainsm we would have common sense regulation and robust enforcment of saftey standards. instead republicons allowed "voluntary comploiance" and have blocked efforts by the current administration to even get staff up to working levels at federal agencies.

So in short, they are lying scum bag hypocrist for calling for this. bush and cheney should be sitting next to the BP execs if anyone.

Posted by: John1263 | June 17, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh, boy! Joe Barton, the epitome of excellence and moral righteousness in the House of Representatives.

One thing I can say for Joe Barton is that he is loyal to those who underwrite his campaigns: the petroleum industry and the health care industry.

As long as people recognize that Joe Barton's constituency consists entirely of petroleum and health care lobbyists, his behavior is understandable.

Posted by: angelos_peter | June 17, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

our commitment to oil is costing us a fortune, amazing that the right thinks it can pin that on the left.
Posted by: e9999999 | June 17, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse
But not as amazing as idiot’s like you thinking that theirs a magic alternative fuel out there. They have been working on that pipe dream for over 30 years and the best they’ve come up with is ethanol. A fuel made from our FOOD SOURCE and is so unstable it cannot be piped so it must be trucked in (USING GASOLINE) Do the world a favor. All greenies like you should wear a little beanie with a propeller on it to show your support for wind power. Then we would at least have something to laugh at…How was you commute this morning??? How’s the office feeling today (AC), I see the PC is running smooth. All provided to you by OIL….. RET@RD

Posted by: askgees | June 17, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

our commitment to oil is costing us a fortune, amazing that the right thinks it can pin that on the left.
Posted by: e9999999 | June 17, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse
But not as amazing as idiot’s like you thinking that theirs a magic alternative fuel out there. They have been working on that pipe dream for over 30 years and the best they’ve come up with is ethanol. A fuel made from our FOOD SOURCE and is so unstable it cannot be piped so it must be trucked in (USING GASOLINE) Do the world a favor. All greenies like you should wear a little beanie with a propeller on it to show your support for wind power. Then we would at least have something to laugh at…How was you commute this morning??? How’s the office feeling today (AC), I see the PC is running smooth. All provided to you by OIL….. RET@RD

Posted by: askgees | June 17, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Put it where the sun does not shine GOP
Obstructionists!

Bush/Cheney deregulated for their own
profits - put the blame where it really
belongs!

Posted by: Sirius2 | June 17, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

republicans are showing signs of weakness in proposing that BP and its CEO Tony Hayward share blame with the White House. Why blame BP at all? Were they involved?

Posted by: JovialReaper | June 17, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Everyone should read the June 24th article in Rolling Stone "The Spill, the Scandal, the President"..........as a liberal, pro-Obama supporter this article is an eye opener. Certain a lot of blame falls on Bush and especially Cheney's secret energy task force meetings where BP, Exxon, the coal and nuclear industry where allowed to write (gut) the existing enviromental and safety regulatory laws for the energy sector. But considerable blame is also laid at the feet of President Obama. Interior Salazar should resign immediately. He is just another "drill,baby,drill" proponent hiding in sheeps clothes.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 17, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: HankC_57
if anyone knows how to contain the spill, please speak up:

LET'S ASK THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION:


SALAZAR: "Minerals Management Service (MMS) to assemble all known information about offshore energy resources and identifying where there are gaps". (2/2009)

Posted by: Pat32 | June 17, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

WE AMERICANS WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE REPORT THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION HAS ON THEIR INSPECTIONS:

SALAZAR: "Minerals Management Service (MMS) to assemble all known information about offshore energy resources and identifying where there are gaps". (2/2009)

Then google Obama's speech at the (Boilermakers.org) 2008 campaign convention. It was typical Bush bashing and promises of better over-sight of the big bad oil companies.

Posted by: Pat32 | June 17, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

lol...

blaming obama for the spill is like blaming bush for the wind speed of Katrina.

It's not the disaster that matters, it's the post-disaster cleanup.

if anyone knows how to contain the spill, please speak up!

Posted by: HankC_57 | June 17, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama and the Democrats are trying to shift their own inertia in this disaster.

They know there's a t*rd in the middle of the room that they laid. They'd rather you look elsewhere and blame someone else for the smell.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | June 17, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse
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And please tell me how you came up with this load of........?

Posted by: Angryman | June 17, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

"The ranking Republican on the subcommittee holding the hearing did provide the CEO some defense. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said the $20 billion the White House forced BP to put into escrow for claims against the company amounts to a "shakedown."

"I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday," Barton said. "I apologize. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or corporation does anything wrong," they are subjected to such political pressure."

Only a Republican would apologize for this... shameful that he felt the need to apologize for making BP live up to their commitments.

Posted by: PeterPamZ | June 17, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

How about putting BUSH/CHENEY at that table, too??

Posted by: solsticebelle | June 17, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Of course, everyone is going to try to place the blame on someone else. But, it should be obvious that nobody made choices with an understanding that an event anything like what happened was a real possiblity. What did most likely happen is that those far enough down the BP managerial chain to have real operational control over the well and their direct reports who had the real technical knowledge about the operation made some poor choices. Most likely those choices were more choices of omission made in a day to day process of dealing with problems as they happened rather than some carefully thought through strategy to cut corners. But it is clear that those decisions were made in the context of a failure throughout the industry and throughtout the government to appreciate the potential consequences of this kind of disaster. Nobody has been preparing to deal with it or continually reinforcing the need to take exceptional care to guard against it. It is possible that BP was particularly culpable. But it is more likely that they were just the unlucky victims of people resonding to problems the way people generally do and a set of particulary unfortunate circumstances related to this particular well.

Posted by: dnjake | June 17, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

The republicans have totally lost it.
I hope the American people are taking notes as to how the republicans are trying to sell us down the river.
Posted by: kathlenec
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YOUR progressive friends have destroyed the old democratic party...now they want to destroy the republican party. What for?

It's no longer about parties...it's about individuals choosing freedom or government control.

SALAZAR: "Minerals Management Service (MMS) to assemble all known information about offshore energy resources and identifying where there are gaps". (2/2009)
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ARE YOU WILLING TO FIRE SALAZAR?

Posted by: Pat32 | June 17, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

....
The oil spill is obviously a
democratic hippie black panther
plot to shut down oil industry.
Think about it: If a black man,
not saying it's Obama, was to
swim at night into the deep
ocean and blow up an oil
rig 8000 feet down, who would
see it? He's black, it's night!
Why isn't anyone asking these
questions? I mean besides
Rushbo.
Just sayin'.
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My GOD your stupid!! Just sayin'!!
Posted by: Angryman | June 17, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse
There can only be two possibilities.
1. Obama allowed this to happen so he could move his energy bill forward.
2. Obama is actually the most incompetent president in history and possible the dumbest person of all time.
You pick one.

Posted by: askgees | June 17, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

To the tea party nutjobs:

Y'all really are getting a bit obnoxious. Considering your social security and medicare are paid from my paycheck, I'd stop being so loud if I were you. Last thing you want to do is wake up my generation to y'all and get the majority of us working against your interests.

We could have y'all eating catfood under cardboard roofs. Think about that when you malign our President. Think about that when you tell lies about his policies. I'm tired of the nonsense from folks over 60. You have no right to demand "your" country back. It never was "yours" to begin with. It belongs to all of us.

I work hard for a living and I am tired of my opinion being maligned by a bunch of senior citizens who can't appreciate the way our society is arranged completely for their benefit. Instead they whine about losing "their" country when folks who'll be around 20 years from now make plans for that time.

Enjoy retirement. Kick back and relax and enjoy the remaining years of your life. No matter what you do, we'll take the country where we want to when you're dead. This temper tantrum is quite undignified. It's especially annoying to be lectured to about government spending by a generation that is opposed to both spending cuts and tax hikes. Grow up or shut up.

Posted by: jjhare | June 17, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

The republicans have totally lost it. Their undying support for big business over the welfare of the our country and us is becoming more apparent every day.
Now they are defending, supporting BP??
I hope the American people are taking notes as to how the republicans are trying to sell us down the river.
Posted by: kathlenec | June 17, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse
Are you really as stup1d as you appear???? I guess you must be if you are unable to figure out that with OUT OIL their is no country so it would appear they are looking out for the best interests of the US. No one is defending BP. This is a legal matter now and made so by this administration not BP. If you are truly to stup1d to see that Obama and the DEMS have created this mess, allowed the damage to occur and now want to make everyone else look bad in an attempt to remove their selves from the spot light. It won’t work. Obama is the biggest failure ever elected….

Posted by: askgees | June 17, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

....

The oil spill is obviously a
democratic hippie black panther
plot to shut down oil industry.

Think about it: If a black man,
not saying it's Obama, was to
swim at night into the deep
ocean and blow up an oil
rig 8000 feet down, who would
see it? He's black, it's night!

Why isn't anyone asking these
questions? I mean besides
Rushbo.

Just sayin'.
........

Posted by: printthis | June
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My GOD your stupid!! Just sayin'!!

Posted by: Angryman | June 17, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

This time the republicans are correct! BP and Obama are responsible.

I am totally disgusted with the politician's ugly behavior. They take BP's money and support then act as if they are holier than thou when all along they are no better than BP.

Kerry is pushing cap and trade with BP's support. BP has supported Obama with the stimulus, and bailouts, and Obama's green push. BP has given Obama huge sums of money.

We need to clean house in November!


Posted by: elby | June 17, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic hypocrisy is only excusable in the eyes of the oil lobbyists that roam Capitol and White House hallways. America's Average Joe's, its Small People, the Working Class, Joe Plumber, its Blue Collar Workers and the Disenfranchised have long memories and won't be so forgiving.

Posted by: JAH3 | June 17, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Lefty_

while a top Republican apologized to Hayward for being forced to create a $20 billion escrow account for claims stemming from the disaster."

Way to stand up for America Republicans!

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SALAZAR: "Minerals Management Service (MMS) to assemble all known information about offshore energy resources and identifying where there are gaps". (2/2009)
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Please explain WHY, a president that hated oil companies...did not request the following report:

1. How many oil rigs are currently drilling in the Gulf?

2. How are their records on safety?

HERE...obama would have possibly decided to change venues (ideologies) and drop wealth distribution and focus on the one thing that give us everything we have....ENERGY. Yes...obama...point that finger.

Posted by: Pat32 | June 17, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: A-Voter | June 17, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

If you truly want to know what is going on; Then you will have to accept these things as the TRUTH. Once you understand the following things; All things will be understood. So I tell you Obama is the Anti-Christ, Satan on Earth, Lawless One, or what ever else you want to call this Demonic Figure. His words describe him, He is a False Hope, If you listen to him you will love him. He carries a Bow without an Arrow. He will conquer all through his speech, his false hoods will capture all who sit and listen to him.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Posted by: makom | June 17, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Damn it all, I am getting really ticked. How dare the Republicans criticize anyone other than BP, for the damn oil spill! It was during Republican administrations---Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2--that most of the deregulation of almost everything took place. So if there is any blame at all to be given, most of it must fall on Republican shoulders...not only for the oil disaster, but the financial mess as well. Companies are just like people---if you take away anything that forces them to spend money for safety, they are greedy...to save a buck, they will take a freaking safety mile. And for those of you Republicans, especially the uber right who want anarchy more than anything else, can you imagine what our country would be like if we did do away with any kind of regulation on anything---hell, even right now it is a hell of a mess---gun control, environmental regs, banking and investment risk taking--you name it. So don't give me that crap that it is all the Dems fault...your contributions, Mr. and Mrs. Republican, have created the mess in the first place!

Posted by: RogerNoVa | June 17, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

...........

The oil spill is obviously a
democratic hippie black panther
plot to shut down oil industry.

Think about it: If a black man,
not saying it's Obama, was to
swim at night into the deep
ocean and blow up an oil
rig 8000 feet down, who would
see it? He's black, it's night!

Why isn't anyone asking these
questions? I mean besides
Rushbo.

Just sayin'.
........

Posted by: printthis | June 17, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Does the GOP think that the average American is just flat out stupid?

I know that the ignorate are the republican base but Lord help us. President Obama just screwed up the Bush/Cheney perfect world according to these idiots. And the the less regulation preached and practiced by the right...... well here you go. This is where it gets you.

Posted by: SEADOGMB | June 17, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

If one takes himself out of the fish bowl and looks at 'this presidency' , it represents nothing more than the language of a "progressive". We, Americans, began our country with this ideology..."Teach a man to fish". The progressive party captured votes with the following: "Feed a man"...and he will return 'enslaved'. Generations later, the enslaved have forgotten how to fish. Lawlessness is abundant.

Obama is a man of many 'fingers'. One of which is pointed at BP. Yes, BP did admit to rushing past important details of drilling safety, but Obama is not telling, or being transparent, in his own administrations failures. Read below:

SALAZAR: "Minerals Management Service (MMS) to assemble all known information about offshore energy resources and identifying where there are gaps". (2/2009)

Then google Obama's speech at the (Boilermakers.org) 2008 campaign convention. It was typical Bush bashing and promises of better over-sight of the big bad oil companies.

Sir, it is now 2010. The progressive Obama, the re-distribution of wealth obama, chose badly. Thus, the finger pointing.

From the moment he was sworn in, he began programs that will, in the end, be worthless if the Gulf of Mexico is ruined.

If BP wants to change it's image.....tell them to fill in where Obama is not. When a mayor of a gulf side city ask for 4 tractors to scrape the oil off the sand and doesn't receive them for weeks, yet on the day Obama arrives, the city is awarded with one tractor..... We have a problem folks.

Posted by: Pat32 | June 17, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"House Democrats set a harsh tone for Thursday's hearing featuring BP chief executive Tony Hayward, while a top Republican apologized to Hayward for being forced to create a $20 billion escrow account for claims stemming from the disaster."

Way to stand up for America Republicans!

Posted by: Lefty_ | June 17, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Obama and the Democrats are trying to shift their own inertia in this disaster.

They know there's a t*rd in the middle of the room that they laid. They'd rather you look elsewhere and blame someone else for the smell.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | June 17, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Where was this response after the WV mine explosion? Where is this response for the large multinational corps that repeatedly and blatantly violate labor laws? Financial Services that illegally doctored mortgage documents? Importation of toxic products from Chinese factories?

Of course the oil spill is major and it effects many facets of life however, illegal immigration, housing bubble burst, have nearly brought the entire country to its knees.

Its easy to express outrage at BP but where is the outrage at every other company that has destroyed the lives of Americans?

Posted by: Redial1 | June 17, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

GOP: "Let them eat cake!"

Posted by: aspe4 | June 17, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

GOP Rep. Joe Barton, the top Republican on the House Energy Committee’s subcomittee for investigations, apologizing to BP CEO Tony Hayward, saying he’s "ashamed" of the American response to BP’s oil spill.

According to Barton, asking BP to set up an escrow account to compensate victims of BP's disaster was a criminal action -- a "shakedown" as he put it.

Barton's not alone: his comments echo those made by other Republicans in recent days, including Michele Bachmann, Haley Barbour, and Tom Price.

And republicans David Vitter, Murkowski, Jindal, and Barbour have all been either fighting attempts to raise BP's liability cap, or to INCREASE what is clearly unsafe offshore drilling.

How anybody with a conscience who cares about America could vote for any of these big-oil shills is beyond me.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | June 17, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

our commitment to oil is costing us a fortune, amazing that the right thinks it can pin that on the left.

Posted by: e9999999 | June 17, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

This is a unquestionably tragedy of historic propoprtions. But how about saving the blame game, the finger-pointing, and the politics (from both sides) until the leak is stopped, the remediation of the Gulf Coast and its waters is well underway? What BP did sure looks to be very very wrong to me, but crucifying the only entity that (might) have the ability to stop this leak doesn't necessarily seem like the smartest idea to me.

Posted by: stodge | June 17, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

kathlenec wrote- The republicans have totally lost it. Their undying support for big business over the welfare of the our country and us is becoming more apparent every day.
Now they are defending, supporting BP??
I hope the American people are taking notes as to how the republicans are trying to sell us down the river.
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The American people are taking notes but not on the subject matter you are publishing.

Posted by: 12oreo | June 17, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The republicans have totally lost it. Their undying support for big business over the welfare of the our country and us is becoming more apparent every day.
Now they are defending, supporting BP??
I hope the American people are taking notes as to how the republicans are trying to sell us down the river.

Posted by: kathlenec | June 17, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

ENVIRONMENTALISTS TRIED TO WARNED US ABOUT THIS SPILL HAPPENING. . . . . . Indeed, they fought deep water drilling tooth and nail. But what were they? . . these environmentalists.

They were laughed at, mocked, and noses were thumbed at them. They were “butterfly chasers,” they were “Chicken Littles.” . . . . And what is more, everything they had to say is nonsense, a hoax, the demented imagination of distorted minds. . . . . . . . . . Moreover, Al Gore is an opportunistic quack, and global-warming is a myth. . . . . So we said.

Oil Corporations now say that, “they were pushed into the deep water by environmentalists.” . . . . . Lies, lies, and more lies. Around the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, most of the best oil fields were already drilled. The Oil Corporations were greedy for the oil rich fields in the deep waters. They were more than happy to be “pushed” out deeper, “Please don’t throw us into that briar patch.”

Go ahead and mock those environmentalists now, they who fought to stop the deep water drilling. . . . . Did we not exclaim at them how many oil wells had so few leaks, didn’t we tell them that they were “Gloom and doomers,” that we had no fear, for we were safely protected; and no Trojan Horse could penetrate our walls of technology?

And still, they tried to warn us. It matters not that a thousand wells have been successful. “All it takes is one,” they told us.

They warned us – all it takes is one, all it takes is one. And now their wisdom has been made plain. . . . . . . And what do we do? . . . . We mock them.

“We are greedy for oil,” we say. “There is little hope, unless it is fifty year hope, that a clean energy will come to our greedy rescue.” . . . . . . . . . . . “You are dreamers," we tell them, "butterfly chasers . . . oil is the only way. . . . . And the free market is our god.”

. . . . . . . . . . . . . And so that now still, we laugh at them.
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This is a Greek Tragedy. . . . . . After long fighting against the prophecies of doom, we have brought the Wooden Horse within our walls, the iron girders of the oil rig into our city. . . . . . Did not the environmental prophets warns us. One even threw a spear and struck the Wooden Horse, the iron girder. And we heard a voice within cry out in alarm! – fearful of discovery.

“It is the wind,” we said, “nothing more than the wind.” . . . . . . . . . . . And we sent serpents to devour the environmentalists.

Posted by: Here2day | June 17, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

BP was in Bed with the Marxist Obama Administration for their intent on supporting the Cap & Trade agenda!

Obama let the oil go to give us a Marxist's "teachable moment", but it backfired on the MORON!

This was sabotage by Obama withholding assistance on the capturing and containing the contamination!

Posted by: theaz | June 17, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

This Congress should acknowledge that their offshore drilling resolution passed late last year, cut off all shallow water oil exploration. Ironically, that is where most of our resources are.... in shallow water.

Posted by: nosuchluck | June 17, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

BP's/Hayward's opening statement ought to consist of nothing but a listing of all campaign contributions made to every member of Congress .. D and R and I

Posted by: mitlen | June 17, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Texas Republicans need to ask themselves why they refuse to regulate Big Oil. Their DRILL BABY DRILL philosophy is what we are paying for now. Is the Republican Party the lap dog of BIG OIL or is this another case of political prostitution?

Posted by: hsolares | June 17, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I am reminded of the Apollo 204 fire: For the youngsters out there, this happened when North American Aviation did a slopped job in its implemention of its contract for the the Apollo CSM, GE who had caught the problem and was not forceful in its objections and the Apollo Program manager who poo pooed GE's findings and three astronauts died as the consequence. NASA deputy director Sieman's when asked by Jim Webb the NASA administrator for the accounting replied with "stuff happens". Webb's action was to get an AF three star and told him to get the thing fixed and that three star did just that. Siemans slipped out the back door of NASA. His resignation letter had in it the line: I wasn't up to the job. Siemans by the way became Carter's AF Secretary.

Posted by: kingfish20815 | June 17, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

These hearings are pointless. What I do find fascinating given all the evidence and testimony under oath from BP employees over the last few weeks is Republicans like Mr. Barton from Texas defending BP and stating that the escrow fund is illegal..... by default logic therefore, the American tax payers should foot the bill even if the company was at fault. Does this put the Republican Party on the side of the people for the fall elections? Don't think so.

Posted by: tarryh | June 17, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Joe Barton is scum. Rightwingnuts freak out when Obama apologizes for anything but this hack feels the need to apologize to a negligent foreign corporation.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 17, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

It's show time in Congress and all the actors from both sides have memorized their lines. It's the usual posturing, with nothing accomplished in the end. Lord knows, the Congress would be remiss if they took the side of the aggrieved and punished the wrongdoers. All of us on the outside know a simple truth: follow the money.

Posted by: Diogenes | June 17, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Would you want to work with these types? They want to spend their time/energy blaming, instead of fixing. No wonder most of them hold the military in contempt! (Military people take initiative.)

Personally, I've about had it with the rhetoric designed to supplant action(s). Keep your empty words Dems- you and your acting President. They are worthless.

You're going to end up with a stereotype (and reputation) that Dems are lazy blamers who want to move empty words around, instead of taking action. Perhaps, we're already there?

Posted by: nosam32 | June 17, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

What a disgrace. Another Republican congressman siding with a corporation over the legitimate claims of our gulf coast brothers and sisters. Calling securing monies for affected americans a "shakedown" is why this country is in the condition it's in. I wonder how much money they pay Mr Barton down there in the oil country of Texas

Posted by: american1st2 | June 17, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Are the democrats 'swinging' hard enough to make a pledge NOT TO ACCEPT BIG OIL MONEY IN THE FUTURE??

Posted by: wheeljc | June 17, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

The Obama regime and corrupt Democrats were the ones in charge when this spilled occurred...and responsible for issuing permits and doing safety inspections prior to the explosion.

Take responsibility instead of throwing blows...own it - LibTards.

Posted by: joesmithdefend | June 17, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Stupak should talk. He and the other Democrats sold us a bill of no good with the health care bill and now they think they have a mind to question BP. Please. These politicians can't manage, but only write more legislation that no one enforces or provided oversight.

Posted by: 45upnorth | June 17, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

no sound bites, no campaigning, no blaming - just fix the problems so this never occurs again!

Posted by: boblesch | June 17, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Stupak should talk. He and the other Democrats sold us a bill of no good with the health care bill and now they think they have a mind to question BP. Please. These politicians can't manage, but only write more legislation that no one enforces or provides oversight.

Posted by: 45upnorth | June 17, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Environmental groups take tax deductible donations from you and industry to operate global fear-mongering campaigns about the problems of pollution, species extinction and climate change. These eco-groups also lobby intensely for costly government regulations to fix environmental problems. Elite green groups have traded their green “seals of approval” for donations as marketing tools to industry – including to corporate oil companies. The green lobbies have grown to some $1.5 billion in annual tax-exempt assets with the advent of selling “green cred” to industry.

The Washington Post and The Economist have recently reported on the cozy relationships between eco-groups and corporate interests such as BP (British Petroleum). BP is responsible for one of the largest and most ecologically-destructive pollution incidents in history. Oil soaked ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico will be disrupted or dead for years to come. Some of the most politically-influential and wealthy eco-groups have taken tens of millions of dollars from BP, and formed “donor alliances” with other big oil operators to assure continuing corporate cash donations. At some point, these sales of green group endorsements to corporations become a clear conflict of environmental interests.

As a matter of good faith dealing and integrity, green groups should return the millions of dollars in donations from BP. And, BP should apply those millions to the cleanup and recovery in the Gulf of Mexico. Here are a few of the reported BP money and other corporate entanglements that directly benefitted big eco-groups:

· The Nature Conservancy has taken about $10 million in cash and land from BP;
· Conservation International took over $2 million from BP;
· The Environmental Defense Fund (Environmental Defense) campaigned with BP for government carbon cap-and-trade regulations through the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), an alliance of eco-groups and corporate carbon trading ventures;
· USCAP involvements include the Nature Conservancy, Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Resources Institute;
· BP had energy business relationships with the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society.

In addition, President Obama was the top recipient of BP campaign money during the 2008 presidential election. Obama collected $71,000, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. The Obama campaign should return all of its BP money.

Posted by: PAULTAYLOREXAMINER | June 17, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

what we will see are a bunch of wealthy hypocrites put on a show about how much they care by seeming to slice and dice an even wealthier politician(of a different sort)whose role will be to act humbled and hurt under all the slicing and dicing and at the end of the day will probably be wealthier and worth at least a book...and our politicians..well..they will be heroes and no less weary for their effort...i am just so overwhelmingly impressed by what will transpire.....

Posted by: kiler616 | June 17, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

what we will see are a bunch of wealthy hypocrites put on a show about how much they care by seeming to slice and dice an even wealthier politician(of a different sort)whose role will be to act humbled and hurt under all the slicing and dicing and at the end of the day will probably be wealthier and worth at least a book...and our politicians..well..they will be heroes and no less weary for their effort...i am just so overwhelmingly impressed by what will transpire.....

Posted by: kiler616 | June 17, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

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