Texas Rep. Joe Barton Apologizes to BP’s Tony Hayward

Thursday, June 16, 2010

Texas Rep. Joe Barton embarrassed himself, President Obama, the families of the eleven workers who died on Deepwater Horizon, and the rest of the nation when he apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward during a U.S. House Energy panel on Thursday.

The Republican congressman called the $20 billion dollar liability trust fund a “shakedown.”

Rep. Barton said:

“I’m speaking totally for myself and I’m not speaking for the Republican Party and I’m not speaking for anybody in the House of Representatives but myself, but I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday. I think it’s a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown. In this case, a $20 billion shakedown with the Attorney General of the United States who is legitimately conducting a criminal investigation and has every right to do so to protect the interests of the American people participating in what amounts to a $20 billion slush fund that’s unprecedented in our nation’s history that’s got no legal standing and what I think sets a terrible precedent for the future.”

Watch it:

Why won’t Texas just get on with it and secede, as they keep threatening? They certainly won’t be missed by most Americans.

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18 Responses to Texas Rep. Joe Barton Apologizes to BP’s Tony Hayward

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    What a f**king douchebag.

    It’s people like this who should be compelled by law to relinquish their passports. This “apology” is the essence of what I classify as un-American.

  2. retahyajyajav says:

    Christopher — As you always say, “follow the money.”

    It would be very interesting to see how much Rep. Barton received from Big Oil? Especially, from BP?

    In fact, this is something we should know going forward so the numbers can be made available to his constituents.

  3. Harry says:

    I’d like to kick Rep. Barton’s ass all the way back to Tejas. Asshole.

  4. Walk on Socks says:

    Never heard of this clown but his comments are beyond offensive.

    The families who lost husbands, sons and fathers on that damned oil rig will never be whole again and BP owes them more than $20 billion.

    The men and women who work in the fishing and shrimping business and who sit idle, unable to make a living will lose their homes and businesses thanks to the oil spill.

    And don’t get me started on the ecological carnage underway in the Gulf.

    I have two words for TX Rep. Joe Barton: FUCK YOU.

  5. bradfrmphnx says:

    Apologizing to BP is like telling the Pope you feel sorry for him for the priest scandal.

  6. Kate Novotny says:

    Apologizing to BP is like telling Oprah Winfrey you feel sorry for her for Dr. Phil McGraw.

  7. Big Hank says:

    Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) received $100,470, the most of any member of Energy & Commerce Committee since 2009.

    He’s a Texas whore.

  8. JSmith says:

    Spoken like true liberals. Can’t stand it when a person voices his own opinion and it does not conform to yours. I didn’t see where he intended to let BP off the hook for the disaster, just the shakedown by the Administration. Obviously the Administration, true to form does not believe that BP will stand good for the cost of this disaster. I have not seen the facts that show that BP has been in violation of the law. Time and a proper investigation should tell. We all need to hope BP survives this. If they don’t then we the taxpayers will get stuck for it. So wish the Capitalists luck and hope to God the Government doesn’t have to try and take this mess over. No matter how poorly BP may manage it, the Federal Government would be worse. Their track record proves it.

  9. Big Hank says:


    Moron, this thread isn’t about liberals, the Feds or the taxpayers. Did you drop out of school at the end of the 3rd grade?

    This thread is about a typical Texas conservative who apologized to BP’s CEO.

    Pay attention.

  10. Matteo says:

    TX Rep. Joe Barton is a wholly owned subsidiary of Big Oil and energy.

    He’s just apologizing to his Masters.

    Shoot, if he’s a good boy, maybe Tony Hayward will let him stay at his Surrey estate south of London.


  11. Conejo1982 says:

    Tweety nailed Barton tonight. He started off the Hardball program with:

    “Rep. Joe Barton and BP: a Love Story.”


  12. Bee says:

    He can come to my house, I”ll show him a shakedown.

  13. R.J. says:

    I wanna kick him in the nuts. That is all.

  14. Joe in Colorado says:

    Now the media is saying he backed off this statement and said he wanted the record to reflect his position that BP is responsible and should pay damages. All I know is, Barton is a weasel.

  15. Jack Varney says:

    Nate Silver finds that Anadarko Petroleum has given nearly $150,000 to Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) — $56,500 in PAC donations and another $90,000 in individual contributions.

  16. Art Garcia says:

    Hey Big Boy Hank and Jack Varney: How much money did Obama get from PAC donations?
    From the “Politico”? Individuals and Pac….2.89 million. Is this correct?

  17. Art Garcia,

    And what exactly does Obama and PAC money have to do with TX Rep. Joe Barton apologizing to BP?


  18. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    Joe Barton will lose his committee seat and best of, come November, lose his US House seat.

    You can bet the “apology” on it. 🙂

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