Sarah Palin on Fox News Sunday:
Well, I think that there is perhaps a hesitancy to — I don't really know how to put this, Chris, except to say that the oil companies who have so supported President Obama in his campaign and are supportive of him now — 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.Robert Gibbs responded:
If there's any connection there to President Obama taking so doggone long to get in there, to dive in there, and grasp the complexity and the potential tragedy that we are seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico — now, if this was President Bush or if this were a Republican in office who hadn't received as much support even as President Obama has from B.P. and other oil companies, you know the mainstream media would be all over his case in terms of asking questions why the administration didn't get in there, didn't get in there and make sure that the regulatory agencies were doing what they were doing with the oversight to make sure that things like this don't happen.
"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," Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on CBS' "Face the Nation."Sheya at Conservatives4Palin points out:
"Sarah Palin was involved in [the 2008] election, but I don't think, apparently, [she] was paying a whole lot of attention," he told host Bill Schieffer. "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 for gasoline."
Governor Palin didn’t dispute the fact that McCain received more from the oil and gas industries in the whole than did Obama. This disaster was not caused by the oil and gas industries, but by BP and BP alone, and it is from BP alone that Obama received the biggest chunk of all their political contributions. It is reasonable to demand questions be asked about the coziness of the Obama administration to BP.Josh Painter at Texas4Palin stands over Robert Gibbs as he lays flat on the canvas, apparently the victim of a rhetorical right hook in response to his left hand jab at Sarah Palin:
Once again we have a case of the Lamestream media covering up for the Obama administration while not “listening” to what Governor Palin really said.
The Thrilla from Wasilla decks Beltway Bob in round three. One can almost hear the voice of the late Howard Cosell, "Down goes Gibbs! Down goes Gibbs!"Allow me to weigh in on this as well.
Gov. Palin wasted no time in firing back. She tweeted:
"Mr. Gibbs, BP gave over $3.5mill to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with with the largest amount going to Obama"
Moments later, she sent another tweet:
"During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years... Dispute these facts."
Both tweets contained embedded links to a Politico article which cited data from the Center for Responsible Politics:
BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Donations come from a mix of employees and the company’s political action committees — $2.89 million flowed to campaigns from BP-related PACs and about $638,000 came from individuals.
Boom! The Palin Blackberry leaves a mark. Gov. Palin is so living inside the White House that they should be charging her rent.
Robert Gibbs has been a joke since day one. With his inimitable style of responding to questions with "I'll get back to you with more information on that" or "I'll find out that answer for you and let you know," he continues to be the White House's master of noninformation.
Friends and I have been laughing at his almost "Porky Pig" stuttering style of responding to tough questions. Gibbs is the master of the "rope-a-dope" and also could be a formidable contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."
His response to Palin was typical Alinsky, left wing chicanery.
Instead of refuting her statement and explaining why the mainstream media is applying a double standard to the Obama administration as opposed to how it would have handled a Bush administration in a situation like this, AND answering the question why BP contributed so much to the Obama campaign in light of the fact that there were regulatory exemptions provided them, the press secretary takes the quick way out.
The quick and simple answer for liberals is "she's uninformed." That really explains it now, doesn't it Gibbsy? Once again, another non-answer.
Bd-dee Bd-dee Bd-dee Bd-dee that's all folks!