The White House Slams Palin’s Obama Oil Spill Allegations

Sarah Palin, the Drill Baby Drill poster girl and someone whose PAC contributions read like a who’s who in the oil business, had the gall this morning on Fox News Sunday to accuse Obama of not doing his job because he is in bed with big oil. Palin says she went after BP as Governor of Alaska and President Obama should, too, but White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs set Palin straight.

Sarah Palin wanting to change the law
Sarah Palin wanting to change the law

Here’s as far as I got with the Palinese real time transcript:

“There is perhaps a hesitancy I don’t know how to say this the oil companies who have so supported Obama why the media hasn’t asked if there is any connection there to President Obama to take so doggone long to dive in there and grasp the complexity and potential tragedy that we are seeing there in the Gulf…if this were President Bush or Republican who hadn’t received the support form the oil companies as Obama, the msm would be all over his case, askin’ why he didn’t get in there to make sure the regulatory agencies were getting in there to make sure the oil companies weren’t getting away with this..”

I can’t. I just can’t.

Luckily, Fox lovingly translated for us:

“I don’t know why the question isn’t asked by the mainstream media and by others if there’s any connection with the contributions made to President Obama and his administration and the support by the oil companies to the administration.”

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs knocked down Palin’s claims on Face The Nation:

Gibbs said, “I’m almost sure that the oil companies don’t consider the Obama administration a huge ally. We proposed a windfall profits tax when they jacked their oil prices up to charge more for gasoline. My suggestion to Sarah Palin would be to get slightly more informed as to what’s going on in and around oil drilling in this country.”

So, Sarah Palin, the Drill Baby Drill poster girl and someone whose PACS read like a who’s who in the oil business has the gall to accuse Obama of not doing his job because he is in bed with big oil?

Sarah did NOTHING to regulate oil in Alaska, other than charge them fees she gave back to the people in a redistribution of the wealth campaign. No, Sarah got appointed to the citizens chair (not an oil expert despite how the campaign lied about her service) of the Oil and Gas Board by Frank Murkowski as a favor for her stumping for his campaign, when he refused to give her what she really wanted: his senate seat.

Sarah’s Lt Governor Sean Parnell (now the Governor) was a former oil lobbyist and legislator.

Her backers in her campaign for governor were oil people, many of whom she promptly stabbed in the back by giving the gas pipeline project to TransCanada, the way real Americans do (sending jobs to other countries, also, too).

As for her claim that she went after the oil companies, she had nothing to do with (other than possibly being involved on the wrong end of the taking) the VECO FBI investigation, which led to the downfall of Ted Stevens. Frank Pruitt tipped off this FBI investigation, not Sarah Palin. This investigation started before she was even governor. VECO Corp has been a political player in Alaska for years and has ties with the state’s political leaders, hosted campaign fundraisers and given hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions. Including Sister Sarah.

As for Sarah’s claim that Obama has more ties with big oil than Bush and Cheney….I bow down to the hubris. It’s not ignorance, because Sarah spends a lot of time in Texas with oil people who then contribute to her various PACs and campaigns. No, she knows. She’s just lying because she CAN. No one will call her out on it at Fox and she doesn’t DO media anywhere else.

Here’s some of those pesky liberal facts:

John S. McCain (R) (um, the top of the ticket Palin ran on…ringing any bells?) has received $1,261,691 in oil contributions during the 2008 election campaign. $46,900 of those dollars were from industry PACS.

Barack Obama (D) has received $435,123 in oil contributions during the 2008 election campaign. $0 of those dollars were from industry PACS.

Um, so, yeah. What is the bridge to nowhere saying again?

Apparently Sarah once again doesn’t understand the law. She is now advocating for Obama to violate the law that was (ironically) put into place after the Exxon Valdez disaster, which states that oil companies are responsible for the clean up and payments and the government cannot take charge.

It’s interesting to hear Sarah, a Republican who claims to be against socialism (though we all know she was the biggest socialist in the US as governor of Alaska, and that is a literal fact) calling for Obama to make sure the regulatory companies are “getting in there”.

Um, Sarah, the regulatory agencies come BEFORE disaster. These would be those same regulations Sarah thought she and McCain were FOR, even though McCain has been known for his anti-regulation stance.

She thinks the President just waltzes in and tells the agencies what to do, takes over BP’s legal duties (nationalizing the company), we pay for the downside (Republicans are still arguing that holding BP accountable for economic damages much over the current cap harms business), and then he tells the oversight people what to do and the magical Jesus rides in on his oil cascade of End Times glory. Yes, Sarah, that’s nationalization. Look it up.

My god, Republicans. REALLY? The GOP does not stand for regulations or oversight. End of story. They are still fighting against both NOW.

During Sister Sarah’s Reign of Terror, courtesy of Palingates:

Anchorage Daily News, February 19, 2009:

“An unknown amount of oil, natural gas and water spilled from a Prudhoe Bay pipeline this week in an incident under investigation by state regulators.

Prudhoe Bay, the state’s biggest oil field, has had a series of spills in recent years that have led to heightened oversight by state and federal regulators of operations there.

BP runs the field on behalf of itself, Exxon Mobil, Conoco Phillips and Chevron.”

And what did she leave in her wake? Where are all of those gosh darned regulations she supposedly fought for?

Anchorage Daily News, December 4, 2009:

In the midst of cleaning up a major North Slope oil spill with an unusual twist, BP has reported another spill involving a different pipeline.

The spill is the second since Sunday involving pipelines managed by BP. The Sunday oil spill still is being cleaned up as well. Officials say they have not pinpointed a cause or estimated the size of that spill.

Anchorage Daily News, December 9, 2009:

Officials have found a 24-inch jagged rupture in a pipeline that began pouring oil and water Nov. 29, creating one of the biggest North Slope crude oil spills ever.

Officials say massive ice plugs had formed inside the pipe, which caused BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to stop operating it a few weeks ago. Pressure then built up until the pipeline ruptured, according to BP.

The biggest oil spill ever on the North Slope occurred in 2006 when more than 200,000 gallons of crude leaked from a corroded transit line at the Prudhoe Bay field. That led to a criminal misdemeanor conviction for BP, $20 million in fines and restitution, and three years of probation, which the company is still on.”

So, what is that Sarah was prattling on about? Why didn’t she fix the mess in her own backyard? She had more pull with BP, since her husband worked for them –“The governor has called a special session of the Legislature to possibly rewrite the Petroleum Profits Tax. Her proposals could have a multi-million dollar impact on her husband’s employer,” lobbied for the oil industry (without ever registering) and she had tons of their money in her pocket. What’s this about oversight and regulation, Sarah? Does she mean when she tried to get the Polar Bear taken off the endangered spices list so the oil companies could drill more, drill now?

Did Fox think it relevant to tell the viewers that the Palins’ hold BP stock? Hmmm. Talkin’ outta both sides of you mouth, there, sweetie.

Now, if you weren’t scared enough, Fox tells us:

“Finally, when asked about a potential Presidential run, the former Vice Presidential Candidate answered, “if the voters of America are in the mood for a kind of unconventional, candid, honest public servant, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be me, but if that’s what they’re in the mood for, they’re going to let that be known and they’re going to help really propel and push that candidate forward.””

In other words, she’s running as the reluctant candidate, Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington and saves the People, whilst never picking up a book or learning doggone it about Government. Sure, she quit once but this would be different! Her country needs her, unlike those Alaskans she left in debt and despair as she followed the treasonous money trail to her own fame and wealth.

Sarah Palin, the GOP’s pride and joy, who believes just because she says something, it’s real.

Never mind the facts, jack. Facts are for the poor liberal elite.

H/T To Leah Burton, Media Matters, and Palingates.

Updated to Add: Info on Alaskans upset with Todd Palin’s work for BP; h/t Crystalwolf.

16 Replies to “The White House Slams Palin’s Obama Oil Spill Allegations”

  1. well lemme see here.

    On one had she screws up and admits Bush was
    in bed” with oil and then;

    She screws up by not praising Obama for being “in bed” with oil as she is. He is her ally

    It makes you want to spin like………bill O’leily.

    You can bet Karl O’rovery is on the road looking for her at this very moment, ready to re-write history before her words get to Americans.

  2. WOW! Every time I think she’s topped herself, she goes and pulls off another Whopper!
    I wish there were some way to make a flow-chart of her logic. The diagram would look like some sort of twisted, mad road map to Hell.
    The scary thing is though… people BELIEVE THIS SHIT!

  3. Great Post! Love it!
    Did you know BP “Shareholders” in Alaska already filed a suit against BP? Now who might those shareholders be I wonder….Its pretty frivolous too, something about the stock going down b/c of the oil spill…Now…when the stock market went K-boom 2 yrs ago who got to sue anyone? That’s the chances right? Spin the wheel of fortune where it stops nobody knows?
    Well not up in AK by god those 1st frontier, pull themselves up by their bootstraps are the first to file a suit.
    But don’t you dare…file a Ethics complaint or suit in AK against mama bear grifter! It will go nowhere b/c of the Wasilly mafia up there.
    Ever read the book “Smith county justice”? That’s the Tx version of Wasilla. And guess who’s going to speak in Smith county’s Tyler Tx at the “oilman” Sister grifter herself. At the end of this month I believe. Yep sister Sarah knows what its like to be in bed with Big oil, you Betcha!8)

  4. I think the gist of the story is Palin can and does say anything she wants and is never ever made to own up to her statements. Her only interviews are on Fox; she is paralyzed by mainstream media and will continue to effuse in her comfort zone. She is part of an echo chamber that articulates a very parse message. She provides no answers to our country’s very complex problems, just a few talking points out of the mouth of a woman who most likely sees her celebrity more Ivana Trump, than presidential candidate.

    I know when she was governor she spent most of her time in Anchorage at Nordstrom’s and not just on her lunch hour. She must in her heart know she is challenged intellectually, has a very limited attention span and a very incurious mind.

    Even as a wealthy woman she shows no interest in travel. The talking point during the campaign in response to her lack of travel about “I’m not one of those who maybe come from a background of, you know, kids who perhaps graduate college and their parents get ’em a passport and give ’em a back pack and say go off and travel the world. Noooo. I worked all my life… I was not, uh, a part of, I guess, that culture… The way that I have understood the world is through education, through books, through mediums that have provided me a lot of perspective on the world.” It was not just class baiting it was basically the fact the woman is intellectually incurious.

    Oh yes, Reagan “smaller government, trickle down economics” and Bush “tax cuts” just didn’t work. How about hitting the books again and see if you can bone up on some recent history.

    Also Sarah, usually parents don’t get their kids passports — kids get them on their own. It is a wonderful rite of passage for young adults who are excited to investigate the world! Beats getting pregnant and working in a doctor’s office. (As if we really believe that story.)

  5. OMG does that woman not understand anything! Obama can’t nationalize BP because BP is not an American company! I wonder if this were a Haliburton Rig that went down while a republican were in office would her tune be the same! No I think not. Sarah Palin doesn’t have a problem with the oil company, she has a problem with the fact that it was a British owned rig.

    No matter how much or how little regulation there is, accidents happen, these rigs are dangerous places but the only thing that the president can get called on for this is that it was his exec order that lifted the ban on drilling in that area.

    Now as for Sarah Palin can we drop that idiot off somewhere left of the moon please?

  6. @Natalie Walker,

    Good points….And yes, BP is not an American company, but these clowns don’t seem to understand that. Palin should know better -her husband worked for them and they own BP stock for heaven’s sake.

    Here’s an interesting tidbit that isn’t reported on accurately: this drilling for Deepater Horizon rig was actually approved and covered under Bush’s order July 14, 2008, not Obama’s.

    Though Obama did announce he was going to lift the ban as part of trying to get a climate change bill signed by Republicans, it would not go into effect until 2012 and he still (to my knowledge) has not signed it.

    CNN:

    “Bush has been pushing Congress to repeal the law passed in 1981…. Sen. Barack Obama wants to keep the ban in place.

    Experts say offshore oil drilling would not have an immediate impact on oil prices because oil exploration takes years.

    “If we were to drill today, realistically speaking, we should not expect a barrel of oil coming out of this new resource for three years, maybe even five years, so let’s not kid ourselves,” said Fadel Gheit, oil and gas analyst with Oppenheimer & Co. Equity Capital Markets Division…..

    In his statement last month, Bush also renewed his demand that Congress allow drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, clear the way for more refineries and encourage efforts to recover oil from shale in areas such as the Green River Basin of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

    From WSJ March 30 2010:

    “The Obama administration will propose allowing offshore oil and natural-gas exploration and development in a large swath of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, after months of criticism from Republicans who have made expanded offshore drilling a political rallying cry…

    The administration’s plan generally covers the period from 2012 to 2017, but it also modifies an existing five-year plan which expires in 2012.

    To open up the eastern Gulf, Mr. Obama needs to get Congress’s permission. It will take several months to begin studying how much oil exists off the Atlantic coasts.”

    and from Politico:

    “Obama’s decision is closely tied politically to the fate of the climate change bill jointly sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) And while it could win the president support from conservative Democrats and Republicans – Graham has said he would not support a bill that “doesn’t have offshore drilling in a meaningful way” – it is also likely to rile part of Obama’s Democratic base, particularly environmentalists. ..

    The president urged those on both sides of the energy debate to cede some ground. Addressing Republicans who believe his offshore drilling initiative doesn’t go far enough, Obama suggested they embrace his clean energy initiatives by pointing out that the United States has 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves, yet is responsible for 20 percent of global consumption. “

  7. @Sarah Jones, Okay I was wrong about the exec order thing I apologise but we can still drop Sister Sarah of just left of the moon right?

  8. @jenny strom,

    Oh, wow — I can so picture the Nordtrom’s thing:-)

    As for European travel, that comment of hers always bothered me. I went to Europe with only one thousand dollars one my first trip, including my ticket.

    If you want to go, you go. You’re right- just more of her class baiting and clear disinterest in the world outside of her insulated world view.

  9. @crystalwolf aka caligrl,

    Thanks Crystalwolf! I read about that lawsuit…I’m sure the Republicans will use it as an example of the need for tort reform, which in case you didn’t know, will solve all of the world’s troubles.

    No, I haven’t read that book but I suppose I have to now! :-)

  10. @Shiva,

    Karl O’rovery — Love it:-) Yes, the new Texas Palin history books are a comin’ our way soon, I’m sure.

  11. @Natalie Walker,

    OF COURSE we can! (drop SS left of the moon)

    And honestly, this is a popular meme, not your fault that you didn’t know it– no one talks about it.

    I just wanted to correct it for the sake of our own understanding of what happened, and since I haven’t addressed that yet in a post, I thought this would be a good time:-) My own friends thought that– this is the result of 24 hour cable news sound bite central.

    So glad to see you here — and thanks for the great comments:-)

  12. @jenny strom, LMAO! Someone called “Secret shopper” actually got a pic of herat Nordie’s and posted to mudflats, lol!
    Great comment! :D

  13. @Sarah Jones, Hey…ya know she can see Russia from her house…and when Putin rears his head…ugh where does he go? Its like A-lass-ka!

  14. There’s nothing cute, funny, or endearing about a woman in her mid-40’s who gleefully spreads fear, ignorance, and misinformation. At some point, she needs to be held accountable for her ignorant and erroneous statements that add nothing of value to discussions but only serve to perpetuate division. There is a point to everything she says, and it is to discredit the president. She is so addicted to attention that she says any stupid and asinine statement to bring it her way. On one hand, I don’t like the fact that the media doesn’t correct her misstatements, but on the other hand I appreciate that they are endlessly exposing the abysmal stupidity of a woman who would have been a 73-year-old heartbeat from the presidency if the election had gone the other way.

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