Sarah Palin, White House Duel Over Spill
(NewsCore) – An oil war broke out on TV Sunday between the White House and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, after Palin accused President Obama of a “failure to grasp” the depth of the Gulf oil spill tragedy and called on reporters to probe Obama’s support from oil companies.
Palin, on Fox News Sunday, called for examining â€œif 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.â€
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs hit back hard â€“ saying Palin needs to get “more informed.”
“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,” he said.
Palin, the ex-Alaska governor who was the GOPâ€™s vice presidential candidate in 2008, has made ample use of the applause line â€œdrill, baby, drillâ€ at rallies.
Obama was the top recipient of campaign cash from BP in the 2008 cycle, getting $71,000, although Democrats overall got only 40 percent of its contributions.
“I’m almost sure that the oil companies don’t consider the Obama administration a huge ally,” Gibbs said in response to Palin’s charge.
“We proposed a windfall profits tax when they jacked their oil prices up to charge more for gasoline.”