White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said this afternoon that when he briefed President Obama on Rep. Joe Barton's apology to BP, the president was baffled. "He shook his head and ... said, 'I can't understand why anybody would say that,'" Gibbs told reporters during his daily briefing.
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Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden had just told the press that Barton's comments were "outrageous" and "insensitive." Biden said Barton's comments seemed "incredibly out of touch," especially since the lawmaker hails from Texas, which also has been impacted by the spill. The vice president said anyone in Florida, Louisiana or Texas should disassociate themselves from Barton's remarks.
"This is an entire way of life that's in jeopardy," Biden said. He said he's surprised that for Barton would say he's "ashamed" because the White House is being "tough an oil company who caused the problem." Biden added, "There's no shakedown, it's insisting on responsible conduct, [a] responsible response to something they caused."