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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Britain Fires Back at Obama's Rhetoric



"Mayor Boris Johnson demanded an end to “anti-British rhetoric, buck-passing and name-calling” after days of scathing criticism directed at BP by the President and other US politicians.
Former Conservative Party chairman Lord Tebbit branded Mr Obama's conduct 'despicable'. And with the dispute threatening to escalate into a diplomatic row, Mr Johnson also appeared to suggest that David Cameron should step in to defend BP.

"He spoke as the US onslaught against the firm became a 'matter of national concern' — especially given its importance to British pensions, which lost much of their value today as BP shares plunged to a 13-year low.

"Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today whether he thought the Prime Minister should intervene, Mr Johnson said: 'Well I do think there is something slightly worrying about the anti-British rhetoric that seems to be permeating from America. Yes I suppose that's right.'

"'I would like to see cool heads and a bit of calm reflection about how to deal with this problem rather than endlessly buck-passing and name-calling.'

"'When you consider the huge exposure of British pension funds to BP and its share price, and the vital importance of BP, then I do think it starts to become a matter of national concern if a great UK company is being continually beaten up on the international airwaves.'

"'OK, it has presided over a catastrophic accident which it is trying to remedy but ultimately it cannot be faulted because it was an accident that took place. BP, I think is paying a very, very heavy price indeed.'"

If the British are mad now, wait until Obama attempts to seize British Petroleum's assets under the advise of economic guru Rosie O'Donnell. Disclaimer: this last line was an attempt at humor.


UPDATE: More calls for BP seizures-- this time from former Labor Secretary and Leftist political echo-man Robert Reich and the MSM.

5 comments:

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  2. "Disclaimer: this last line was an attempt at humor." I thought it was funny. ;)

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  3. @ Fuzzy

    Oh, I just want to distinguish between REAL political advisors like Robert Reich and knee-jerking, screechy, ignorant celebrities like O'Donnell-- who say much the same thing.

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  4. We couldn't "seize" BP if we wanted to, could we? They aren't an American company . . . and we're not part of any "new international order" yet . . .

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  5. BP has a awful lot of holdings and investors in the US. Could the US Feds legally seize them for this? Unlikely, but technically possible. Remember many other modern governments have nationalized industries, seized personal assets, etc.

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