Apologizing to BP
"I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure that is — again, in my words — amounts to a shakedown. So, I apologize."
— U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, apologizing to BP on June 17 for the political pressure it has faced over the Gulf oil spill. After a backlash from House Democrats and Republicans, Barton retracted his apology later in the day.