Gibbs’ Advice to Palin: ‘Get Slightly More Informed’
May 23, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The half governor and “drill, baby drill” queen, Sarah Palin appeared on Fox News Sunday to bloviate about the BP oil spill, accusing President Obama of being unduly influenced from big oil political contributions. What did she base this charge on? Nothing. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs appeared later on CBS’ Face the Nation, dismissing her attacks outright. And he advised Palin to maybe know what she is talking about, before she opens her mouth.
During her appearance on Fox News Sunday, Palin told Chris Wallace that President Obama was taking too “doggone long” to respond to the Gulf oil disaster, because he was in the pockets of big oil:
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.”
Gibbs pointed out that the Obama administration responded to the spill immediately, unlike the Bush administration during Katrina. And he remarked that Sarah Palin wasn’t “paying a whole lot of attention” during the presidential election if she thinks big oil companies consider Obama an ally:
GIBBS: “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 more for gasoline. 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.”