“I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday. 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. . I apologize . . . ”
-- Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas)
The people who should be "ashamed" are the people of Texas who sent this lunatic to Washington. Rep. Joe Barton's bizarre comment (the lunatic apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward!) caused an uproar, even among Republicans. Republican leader John Boehner distanced himself from the twisted remark, apparently disagreeing with the proposition that the welfare of the dangerous multinational BP corporation is more important than the welfare of Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, or the entire Gulf region of the USA, not to mention earth.