Palin Humiliated by Bill O’Reilly. “What Would YOU Do?”
OK, Mudflatters… It’s been a little while since we’ve gone on a group foray into Palin World, but this one I couldn’t resist. This interview was quite something. The “naughty librarian” is nowhere in sight. Palin’s latest incarnation is more like the mean librarian. The one who slams a giant book on the table next to you when she catches you whispering. (Yes, I’m speaking from experience) Tight-lipped, jaw-clenched, death-stare librarian, complete with the Xtra Large helmet shaped bumpit.
Fair warning. You’ll find yourself cheering for Bill O’Reilly.
I meant to post this last night, but frankly after transcribing into the wee hours of the morning, the only reasonable course of action was to become unconscious for a long period of time. So here I am, fresh as a daisy with all my supplies. Too, also, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for our little hike up Crazy Mountain… also.
Desk padding to prevent head injury? Check.
Rubber boots? Check.
Cool damp cloth? Check.
High protein snack? Check.
My comments and references will appear in blue. If you can view the video, you can read along.
O’Reilly: Let’s now go to some of our astute Fox News analysts. First up, joining us from Wasilla, Alaska, the former governor of that state, Sarah Palin. Did you have a big beef with the president in any way tonight governor?
OK, sorry to interrupt already, but imagine Tina Fey saying that first sentence. Palin has mastered the self-parody. It’s really quite astounding. And also note the length of sentence #3 whose gargantuan size permits discussion of three-legged stools, drilling, getting on our knees and bowing to Hugo Chavez…. well, you’ll see. Longest. Sentence. Ever.
Palin:I did. I kinda have a big beef with you too though Bill if you don’t acknowledge that President Obama is wrong on his call for a need for energy policy. Certainly we need that but he is wrong not to acknowledge that we still need on a three-legged stool, the conventional sources of energy to be drilled here, otherwise Bill we are going to be dropped to our knees and bowing to the Saudis, and Venezuela and places like Russia that will keep producing oil and petroleum products, and we will have to let them produce for us because we will still be dependent upon these sources of energy in addition though, too, shifting more towards renewables, which of course we need, and the other leg of that stool is conservation. President Obama… it scares me – it saddens me that the CEO of our nation does not understand that inherent link between the conventional sources of energy that we’re dependent upon and our security, our prosperity, our freedom.
This is the second or third time I’ve heard Palin refer to the President as the CEO. I know that corporations are now people thanks to the Republican Supreme Court, but I’m not quite ready to jump right in to the Corporate States of America. And I say that as a shareholder…. um… I mean citizen.
O’Reilly: OK, what was the … When you were the governor of a state, you dealt with oil companies all the time. What was the most difficult thing you had to deal with when you were having meetings with them face to face?
Palin: Believing that their perception of what the circumstances were in any situation that we dealt with them, whether it be a spill or lax infrastructure maintenance, or the value of the resource that was being sold, and any of those issues. It was believing what they were telling me and my administration in terms of their perspective on what the facts were. Now here’s where the problem lies with President Obama in waiting so long, you know eight weeks before meeting with the CEO of BP and with the high ranking officials that have been calling the shots. He has allowed this industry player to define the facts so they are in this position of having just astronomical maximum liability exposure. He has allowed them to define the facts of this spill. You can never be allowed to do that as a CEO and be on a level playing field – being equals there at the table when you allow one side of the table, in this case BP in dealing with this spill to define the facts.
Other than the fact that her biggest problem was wrapping her little mind around the fact that oil companies lie, I have no idea what it means either.
O’Reilly: 49% of Americans still want BP to run the show, and 45% want the government to run the show so most Americans aren’t down with having the Obama administration call the shots. Now, President Obama is basically a dreamer. I think he wants good things for the nation as far as energy is concerned. You made a valid point. We can’t throw the oil people under the bus.
Was THAT what she was trying to say?
If we do that, our economy is going to tank totally, and if we spend billions of dollars on pie in the sky stuff that doesn’t work, then we’re going to go bankrupt. So what is your solution here, governor? What would you do tonight? Tell the nation here tonight what you would have said – your main point in that speech. Go.
Here’s why you need the cool moist cloth for your face. Yes, Bill O’Reilly just asked Palin the very thing I would have asked her, in the very same tone in which I would have asked it! Wonders never cease. So, CEO who quit your job half way through… what would YOU do?
Palin: Stop…stopping the gusher. That’s the number one priority of the nation. We need to make sure that all technology is being thrown at this problem.
O’Reilly: Nobody knows how to do it.
Palin: Well, we haven’t had that assurance that President Obama… We haven’t had assurance by the president that that has been his top priority, instead, what his top priority is, Bill, is Cap & Tax. It is using this crisis, not letting it go to waste, but to use this crisis to increase the costs of energy and that is going to stall any kind of economic recovery we have.
O’Reilly continues channeling Mudflats…
O’Reilly: Are you telling me that you don’t think the President’s top priority is stopping that leak? Are you…. Is that what you’re telling me?
Palin: What I am telling you is that is not what I’m hearing,
See, that’s what happens when you take your sheet of talking points, wad it up and stuff it in your ears while saying “Lalalalalalalala!”
what the American public is hearing from the top official in our government and that’s why those poll numbers show that no, the public… we don’t know where to turn if we can’t trust BP to be able to fix this leak, we know we can’t trust government because they’ve had eight weeks of overseeing, of regulating,
Eight weeks of regulating? I think you mean more than eight years of DEregulating.
and of kind of um coaching this whole process, this whole issue of stopping the leak and they haven’t succeeded in doing it. So the people are very frustrated and no, we have to know that President Obama’s number one priority is to stop the leak.
OK, ready? Here’s the listening part. This is only one of many references to the priority of the administration. You can read them all at Media Matters:
“During a May 27 press conference, Obama said: “Those who think that we were either slow on our response or lacked urgency don’t know the facts. This has been our highest priority since this crisis occurred.” He also commented: “But here’s the broad point: There has never been a point during this crisis in which this administration, up and down up the line, in all these agencies, hasn’t, number one, understood this was my top priority — getting this stopped and then mitigating the damage; and number two, understanding that if BP wasn’t doing what our best options were, we were fully empowered and instruct them, to tell them to do something different.””
O’Reilly: But I assume that it is. I’m assuming it is.
This whole cheering on Bill O’Reilly thing is starting to get disturbing.
But look, the reason I’m pleased to have you on the program tonight is because there is not a governor in the United States who has more experience than you do dealing with the oil companies. You’ve already said you can’t believe them, that their word doesn’t mean much when you’re debating issues as far as the oil companies interest and the interest of the people. You can’t believe them. OK. Now the oil company BP says, “We don’t know how to stop the leak. We’re going to try ‘x’, we’re going to dig another well, we’re going to do this…. We don’t know. We don’t know.” Obama obviously doesn’t know how to stop the leak. Do YOU know how to stop it?
No you don’t! Say it! (O’Reilly gets the giant bumpit death stare)
Palin: Well, then what the federal government should have done was accept the assistance of foreign countries, of entrepreneurial Americans who have had solutions that they wanted presented.
O’Reilly: Who? Who?
Let the unraveling begin! Here we see the scary librarian in full bloom. Yikes.
Palin: They can’t even get a phone call returned, Bill. The Dutch! They are known…and the Norwegians are known for um dikes, and for cleaning up water and for dealing with spills. They offered to help and yet no… they too with the proverbial can’t even get a phone call back. That is what the Norwegians are telling us and the Dutch are telling us and the entrepreneurial Americans the the company in Maine that has the boom and um the the uh absorbants – those companies that are waiting for the Obama administration eight weeks later for the regulators to come in and say “OK, we’ll purchase from you now and we’ll do all that we can.” That’s where some of the frustration is. Now we saw the same thing with Katrina though didn’t we, so I’m not going to point fingers and make this a partisan issue at all – point fingers at different administrations but um it is that inherent problem that we have with government not necessarily being prepared because our priorities in government are wrong. National security – safety of the people needs to be the top priority. That’s where we need to be funding instead of funding these other things on the periphery that really just get in the way of the private sector’s progress and their ability to produce and to thrive and to prosper and instead our priorities in the national government have been screwed up. Now as governor of Alaska, what I did in dealing with the oil companies, and I’ll betcha 75% of my time was being taken up by energy issues here in this state.
I had to set up our Petroleum Systems Integrity Office
Had to? Note that there was already a mechanism put in place by her predecessor Frank Murkowski. See HERE.
so that we could be there on the front lines making sure what the oil companies were telling us was legit, when they were dealing with their corroded pipes that we found out and other lax maintenance issues. It took us putting that as the highest priority to protect our resources, to protect our environment, including not only the physical environment but the human environment here.
Well, let’s see… If we start the dike in Alabama, and wind it around Florida and up the coast…. Yeah, we better call the Dutch. We wouldn’t want to start something like that without advice. And I’m really glad she’s not going to be “finger pointing”.
And by the way, there are 15 foreign-flagged vessels in the Gulf right now, and we’ve accepted equipment and assistance from many foreign countries INCLUDING … wait for it…. Norway and The Netherlands. Are we really surprised?
And as far as her track record of success in protecting the environment? Less than stellar, according to Mudflats contributor Richard Fineberg.
O’Reilly: Alright, it’s a good point. There wasn’t anybody from the Minerals Management Service out on the pipeline checking it out. That’s for sure. Hey governor, always a pleasure. Thanks for coming on.
Palin: No, the.. the… Bill.
Interruption, after he’s already said good-bye? What important point could she have forgotten?
O’Reilly: Make it quick.
Palin: We we we can’t afford though to… we can’t afford to demonize these energy producers to such an extent they’ll that they go under. We do need to work with them though to verify everything there is and hold them accountable for all that they have done in this situation.
That’s right. We can’t demonize the aforementioned lying bastards because they do give a lot of money to political campaigns. And we do need to hold them accountable. Remember how the victims of the Exxon Valdez got screwed out of their rightful settlement by the Supreme Court? That happened during the very brief Palin administration and three months before her Couric interview. And remember when Katie Couric asked VP candidate Palin if there was any Supreme Court decision she didn’t agree with? When she presented the question on a silver platter for this oil expert governor to talk about how we need to hold those lyin’ oil companies accountable for what they do?
Take it away, “governor!”