sp002 Former Governor Sarah Palin was on Fox News Sunday and Chris Wallace brought up the Gulf of Mexico Oil spill.  I’ve mentioned that the Obama administration is just a complicit in this disaster even though the Media has largely been whitewashing this.  Governor Palin highlighted the connection between BP and President Obama that is largely being ignored.

WALLACE: Let’s turn to another subject. Millions of gallons of oil are continuing to spill into the Gulf of Mexico. You, of course, are a big supporter of offshore drilling. You popularized the phrase "drill, baby, drill." Does this disaster give you any pause, Governor?

PALIN: I am a big supporter of domestic extraction of the resources that we are so reliant on, versus relying on foreign sources of energy, relying and beholden upon regimes that can use energy as a weapon and have less stringent environmental standards than we have. I am still a strong supporter of domestic energy supplies being extracted. (my note – see her op/ed on this topic here)

Having said that, these oil companies have got to be held accountable when there is any kind of lax and preventative measures to result in a tragedy like we’re seeing right now in the gulf.

Alaska has been through that. I’ve live and worked through that Exxon Valdez oil spill. I know what it takes to hold these oil companies accountable, and we need to see more of that. But we are still reliant on petroleum products and oil and gas.

And I’m a supporter of offshore drilling but also onshore drilling. Maybe this is a lesson, too, for those who oppose safe, domestic supplies being extracted on our shores and on the land, like in ANWR and NPRA, other areas of Alaska. Let us drill there where it is even safer than way offshore.

WALLACE: Governor, I want to pick up on the point that you just made, which is that you did, as governor of Alaska, go after oil companies, including B.P. in several cases. How do you think the Obama administration has handled the oil spill so far?

PALIN: 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.

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.

There is certainly a double standard, and while there is plenty of blame to go around, let’s not let the Obama administration off the hook as well.  While certainly Republicans have received money from oil companies, out of the last 20 years BP has given President Obama the most.

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  1. SHAME ON YOU AGAIN, SARAH PALIN. She’s like the high school troublemaker your Mother told you to avoid – can’t help meddling, lying & making mischief. She has to be constantly in the headlines.

    From the page on http://www.opensecrets.org : “BP: All Recipients. Among federal candidates (1989 – 2010)…Big friggin deal, there’s a $3,751 difference between what Obama received & the next highest recipient, Don Young (R-Alaska)!!

    Obama, Barack (D-Ill) $77,051
    Young, Don (R-Alaska) $73,300
    Stevens, Ted (R-Alaska) $53,200
    Bush, George W (R-Texas) $47,388
    McCain, John (R-Ariz) $44,899

    Check it out for yourself:
    http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/recips.php?id=D

    And shame on all the media and blogs who ran with headings like….”Palin slams Obama for BP connection”…LOL…here it is…the big $3.7k extra that Obama got over a Republican.

    PLEASE NOTE – 4 of 5 top recipients are Republicans!

    1. And which of those Republicans responsible for regulatory oversight? Oh yeah, none of them.

      Just pointing out the double standard, if this were President Bush you and the media would be howling.

      We’re just asking for consistency, that’s all.

    2. Thank you for showing that Obama has been supported more than anyone else by BP.

      I always research a subject and have been skeptical about this Palin claim

      You comment has made it far more clear the double standard with the media with respect to Obama and Bush.

      I bet you won’t hear any rappers saying that Obama “doesn’t care about black people”

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