Now Barton is really, really sorry 

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, has now fully retracted his apology to BP in a statement released by his office.

The move comes after a meeting with House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, who was none too pleased with his point of view.

In fact, all of the GOP leaders are distancing themselves from Barton’s remarks.

Here’s a statement from Boehner, Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., and GOP Conference Chair Mike Pence, R-Ind:

“The oil spill in the Gulf is this nation’s largest natural disaster and stopping the leak and cleaning up the region is our top priority. Congressman Barton’s statements this morning were wrong. BP itself has acknowledged that responsibility for the economic damages lies with them and has offered an initial pledge of $20 billion dollars for that purpose.

“The families and businesspeople in the Gulf region want leadership, accountability and action from BP and the Administration. It is unacceptable that, 59 days after this crisis began, no solution is forthcoming. Simply put, the American people want all of our resources, time and focus to be directed toward stopping the spill and cleaning up the mess.”

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