Friday, June 18, 2010

Joe Barton retracts apology to BP.

This is Joe Biden's reaction to Joe Barton's ridiculous comments regarding what he called Obama's "shakedown" of BP.

Indeed, I note this morning that even Barton is trying to back pedal away from what he said.

Here is what he said:

And here is his retraction.

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) is apologizing for his apology.

After infuriating Democrats and Republicans alike with his public apology to BP and suggesting that a $20 billion escrow fund was a “shakedown” by the White House, Barton is now “retracting” his statement, made at a hearing with BP CEO Tony Hayward.

“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. “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. BP should fully compensate those families and businesses that have been hurt by this accident.”
It appears as if even the GOP realise that defending BP is not working out too well for them. Pass that along to Fox.

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