As decent and patriotic Americans who care about our country and the people who work every day to make it the greatest country in the Northern and Western hemispheres between Mexico and Canada, we're all pretty appalled by everything that's been happening with BP and the Gulf Coast.
Obviously, we all think its a complete disgrace the way that the White House has been making CEO Tony Hayward and all the poor folks at British Petroleum take responsibility for the environmental disaster that threatens the livelihoods of thousands of Americans. No free market businessperson should ever be subjected to such treatment.
Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, apologized to Hayward for what he described as a "shakedown" at the White House yesterday. He was referring to the deal worked out between the Obama administration and BP to set up a $20 billion fund administered by a third party to pay for damages from the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico…
"I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday," Barton said. "I think it is 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."
Talk about class! That guy's got more of it than Gulf Coast beaches have barrels and barrels of deadly poisonous oil washing up onto them.
Furthermore, I think there's a few pelicans who owe Mr. Hayward a similar apology. That ill-gotten petroleum they've been dousing themselves in isn't free, you know.
Update: Very moving video if the statement can be found here.
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