Skip to comments.GOP's Barton apologizes to BP, accuses Obama of 'shakedown'
Posted on 06/17/2010 9:41:18 AM PDT by Nachum
WASHINGTON A day after top BP officials met with President Barack Obama at the White House and agreed to set up a $20 billion compensation fund, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas called the money a "shakedown" of the company and apologized for the president's action.
Barton, the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce committee, told BP CEO Tony Hayward Thursday morning that he was sorry about what the president had done. The money is a "slush fund," Barton said, and "unprecedented in our nation's history."
"I do not want to live in a country where anything a citizen or corporation does something that is ... wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure, that again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown," said Barton.
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Chicago Street Shakedown!
Barton is right. This is a shakedown, the old fashioned Chicago way.. Total Alinsky, Blago, and Al Capone Daley machine style hardball politics.
“.....amounts to a shakedown,”
The Chicago punk way.
Why not call a duck a duck.
I’d stop short at apologizing to BP for anything, but Obama’s definitely into shakedowns.
Rush is describing the “organized crime and corruption” that is this Administration (Regime) and the thugs in this Congress. We now live in a Dictatorship; what will the American people do about it in November or is it too late?
...the $20 Billion slush fund shakedown will be remembered as Obama’s stroke of activist genius...with that staggering sum he can buy elections and continue to transform America...and in true community organizer fashion he’s using other people’s money....corporate crisis hustling makes race hustling look like chump change.
More obvious that everrybody connected with BP is a bunch oif incompetent cowards who do not have the guts to stand up to US government blackmail and extortion.
yip yip yip yahoo for Barton
However, BP deserves to be spanked by its own shareholders for hiring a shyster like Jamie Gorelick as their Counsel- are they idiots and unaware of this woman’s history of fraud and abuse at Fanny Mae and nationally ruinous political maneuvering on behalf of BJ Clinton-?
or is BP totally in the tank and playing along with a script delivered by obamas handlers?
Useful perhaps. Oil spill dead fish, fowl & mammals.
Why? They haven't done anything to show they planned to leave everyone affected high and dry, no indication they weren't going to pony up when the bill was presented. There was no excuse to force this so-called *independent* escrow fund right this minute, before we've even gotten to the point that the damage is contained and can be fully assessed.
Barton was absolutely correct in his statement, and I for one applaud him for upholding the American principle of due process.
Six months to go before our best chance to stop Obama and the Democrats, the 2010 November elections, and this tool jumps at the chance to align himself with the most hated company on the planet.
Morons. I’m almost to the point of giving up on the GOP altogether.
Republicans... Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Why would you give them this kind of ammo? There were more eloquent ways of making this point that wouldn’t have created such a perfect ad spot.
Welcome to Chicago thug corruption.
Pray for America
I didn't see yesterday when she was announced as attending that she was a rep for BP -- if this is the case, then why was she described as "one outsider"??
All that BS about Ohaha bringing BP to its knees.....shaking BP down for a $20B slush fund could be grounds for regret.
I won't go into detail about all that I know about this company..........
Ohaha's primetime address forever tied his incompetence (and stupid political moves) to the Gulf spill.
The Ohaha govt should get out of the way and let BP do the cleanup without interference.
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