The White House Slams the GOP Support of BP as Dangerous for America

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White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was on ABC’s This Week today, where he painted the Republican Party as dangerous to America due to their blind support of BP, “It’s dangerous for the American people.” Emanuel’s point was that if Republicans were in charge, there would be no regulation, and corporate America would run wild as they did during the Bush years.

Here is the video from ABC’s This Week:


Jake Tapper asked Emanuel if Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) should step down, and this gave Rahm the opening he needed to go off, “That’s for the Republicans to decide. What I think is more important, you can say it’s a political gift for us, and it is. But it’s dangerous for the American people, because while the ranking Republican would have oversight into the energy industry, and if the Republicans were the majority, would have actually the gavel and the chairmanship.”

Obama’s Chief of Staff tied Barton’s remarks to the overall Republican philosophy, “That’s not a political gaffe, those were prepared remarks. That is a philosophy. That is an approach to what they see. They see the aggrieved party here is BP, not the fishermen. And remember, this is not just one person. Rand Paul, running for Senate in Kentucky, what did he say? He said the way BP was being treated was un-American.”

He continued, “Other members of the Republican leadership have come to the defense of BP and attacked the administration for forcing them to set up an escrow account and fund it to the level of $20 billion. These aren’t political gaffes. You know, I’ve been in hearings. Joe Barton was speaking from prepared remarks. Rand Paul, who is running Kentucky, a leading Senate candidate for the Republicans said BP, the way they were being treated was un-American.”

Just to make sure that everyone watching got it, Emanuel repeated his point that the Republican defense of BP echoes their philosophy, “That is an approach to — they think the government is the problem. And in this balance, and the difference here is that BP made a mess. And the government, and also in the president’s view, in certain areas like MMS, hasn’t done its job.”

Republicans had best get used to this, because they are going to be bludgeoned with their defense of BP from now until November. Emanuel was correct that their defense of BP echoes the GOP’s larger philosophy that corporate America is always right, and that government exists to aid corporate America’s quest for profits. If the GOP is opposed to holding BP accountable for the worst environmental disaster in US history, then what exactly would it take for Republicans to regulate anyone?

Emanuel is the White House Chief of Staff, and one of the most powerful members of the administration, so when he ties the GOP to BP, then you can be certain that this is the White House strategy. In one swoop, the GOP managed to remind America why they voted them out of majority control and the White House. Republicans were so desperate to blame Obama for the oil spill that they couldn’t resist defending their old friend, Big Oil. The irony is that by defending BP, they have taken the focus off of Obama and placed it squarely upon themselves.

5 Replies to “The White House Slams the GOP Support of BP as Dangerous for America”

  1. I swear the GOP cannot give the Dems election fodder fast enough. But (insert usual cause here) its the tea party that is doing it. Why do i say that you ask? Im glad you asked. The tea party is forcing the GOP further to the right. The GOP are either deer in the headlights or totally in fear of not being right enough. The further right they go, the quicker they go down

    One could almost believe the tea party is full of dems instead of being full of constantly dimming stars.

  2. “I swear the GOP cannot give the Dems election fodder fast enough.”

    Thank gawd! Even by the most conservative estimates the Democrats will lose at least 3 or 4 seats this November. That’s what bothers me; with the total unabashed and even blatant corruption, disregard for the environment and unbridled support for the big corporations, how can the repubs and teabaggers win a damn thing?

  3. This is on a par with Rush Blimpbaugh stating that he was with the Taliban against President Obama last year.

    These cretins only pretend to care for this country, but their traitorous actions and words are undermining unity on a daily basis. How anyone with a shred of social consciousness can vote for any of this crop of Republicans is beyond me.

  4. According to Obama’s latest poll numbers as of 6/23/10, the right wing is still winning the message war. Americans, because of their struggle and suffering due to the aftermath of the Bush and Cheney policies, have memory loss and actually believe that the reasons for their current situations are Obama’s doing. The media helps continue and support those belief systems. Chris Matthews of MSNBC actually praised the GOP for supporting the President on his decision regarding the leadership in Afghanistan. Basically, Chris, the only policy the GOP is ever going to support Obama on is a policy having to do with support of the war zone. On everything else, they play obstructionists. By praising them for believing in war and Obama doing the only thing he could do for the security of our efforts in the war zone, you play into the GOP message. Obama has been playing “Clean up” man from day one and it continues. First the 2 major wars, then the crashed economy and now the castastrophe in the Gulf. And now the GOP and the media has turned the oil spill into Obama’s responsibility because he along with scientists across the globe and everyone else, have not found a safe or effective way to resolve the problem. Again, I would like to state that the problem did not begin with Obama. Once the investigation is complete, the truth will come out. Big unregulated corporate Oil is the problem. For maybe the first time in my life, (and hopefully the last), I actually agree with Sarah Palin on something. Maybe this oil spill is going to have to take an act of God. Obama did the right thing in getting BP to establish an escrow account for the victims of this dreadful nightmare. The GOP would never have had BP come up with 20 billion dollars for a relief fund for the Gulf. To call it a “shakedown” is down right evil. The GOP and the right wing has messed up this country mercilessly. The congressman who was apologetic to BP should have been relieved of his duties just like the unpatriotic actions of General McChrystal caused Obama to relieve him of his duties. Obama rarely gets to work on his own initiatives because all is time and energy has to go into cleaning up disasters originated by the GOP. And on top of that, he gets blamed for them. I wish America could really see what is actually taking place. Obama’s flaw is not believing that intelligent people could actually buy into the madness. He continues to have faith in the American people and this nation that elected him to serve as their leader. Please be careful how you vote and what and who you are voting for.

  5. A large part of the responsibility for inertia in government lies with us, the American citizens. Too many of us keep falling into the trap of going for a facade of folksiness in lieu of informed intelligence, in spite of the inevitable disastrous results that have repeatedly occurred. Those same people fall for caricatures, like the swaggering cowboy (GW Bush) or the so-called all-American mom (Palin). Too many of also fall for fear- and hate-mongering instead of taking a good, hard, and analytical look at those who are obstructing progress for the sake of political power.

    These last 17 months have been particularly instructive in illustrating that it takes more than one human to fix such gigantic problems. That’s why each and every election is exceedingly important. Too many of us are also into instant gratification, not taking into account, for example, that many jobs have been lost due to outsourcing by corporations looking for cheaper labor to maximize their profits. Too many of us are blind to the fact that the corporate class has a vested interest in keeping us ignorant and divided among ourselves in order to maintain power. Too many of us are blind to the fact that the wars are bleeding this economy. That is one area where I strongly disagree with the president.

    I have never seen a president subjected to so much disrespect, even among those who are supposed to be his allies. They are already declaring his presidency dead in the water, and people like McChrystal are the worst of all. He chose to disrespect the administration, and he has justifiably paid with the loss of his job. If the majority of Americans continue to vote against their own best interests by electing officials who clearly don’t care about our well-being, they deserve absolutely no sympathy. As Einstein said, insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. The president called the GOP to
    account for blocking key nomination, which is great. But he and other Democrats need to keep the nation’s focus on exactly who is blocking progress.

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