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BP CEO Tony Hayward criticised for yacht trip

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Quote(BP CEO Tony Hayward has faced fresh criticism for taking time off to go boating with his son instead of dealing with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The White House said the move was one of a "long line of PR gaffes and mistakes" by Mr Hayward.

Environmental groups said the Isle of Wight outing was "insulting" to those affected by the environmental disaster.

BP defended Mr Hayward, saying it was his first day off since the spill began after a deadly rig blast on 20 April.

Mr Hayward spent the day with his son at the JP Morgan Asset Management Round The Island Race, where boats race around the Isle of Wight, off the coast of southern England.

He was later spotted by photographers on his $270,000 (£182,000) Farr 52 racing yacht, "Bob", at the event.
'PR gaffe'

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said the boating incident has "just been part of a long line of PR gaffes and mistakes".

"To quote Tony Hayward, he's got his life back," added Mr Emanuel, referring to an earlier comment by Mr Hayward.)

Naturally no comment was made by the white House on Obama and Biden taking time off to go and practice their golf...................................................again.


Quote(Greenpeace campaigner Charlie Kronick described the boating trip as "insulting... rubbing salt into the wounds" of those who had been affected by the spill.)

Again no comment on the President taking time off.

Quote(Residents in coastal states affected by the spill also rebuked the oil executive.)

No mention of the President taking time off.

Quote(Obama hits golf course with Biden on another hot, humid weekend)

Quote(President Barack Obama hit the golf course Saturday with Vice President Joe Biden.

The White House pool report noted that Obama left at about 1 p.m. for the course at Andrews Air Force base, and his golfing parters included White House Trip Director Marvin Nicholson and David Katz, the energy efficiency campaign manager at the Department of Energy.

Obama left the course shortly before 6 p.m.

Nicholson and Katz, along with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, joined Obama for four hours of golf last weekend. The Republican National Committee released an ad soon afterward taking aim at Obama's golfing during the ongoing BP oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.)

Evidently not an awful lot of interest in this ongoing disaster.

But to be fair all concerned should have some rest and relaxation.
 

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Does anyone honestly expect Hayward at this point to be able to do anything more? Sure it was a bad PR move, but c'mon.

Likewise, I don't expect a lawyer to be able to take charge of deep water drilling.

*expects flak from both insane righties and lefties*
 

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BP CEO does something, so let's rant about Obama. This is :lamo
 

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BP CEO does something, so let's rant about Obama. This is :lamo

This place is start to resemble Whistlestopper during its crazy period. Can we somehow section off the "Blame Bush/Obama for everything" crowd and then gas them or at least put a warning sign on their foreheads?
 

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Forecast shows rain this week. Obama did it.
 

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Unless Hayward has some miracle to kill the well that he's not telling anyone, I don't see what the big deal is about him going on a boat ride.
 

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Unless Hayward has some miracle to kill the well that he's not telling anyone, I don't see what the big deal is about him going on a boat ride.

If I check your post history am I going to find similar sentiment about Obama and this oil spill?
 

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If I check your post history am I going to find similar sentiment about Obama and this oil spill?

Not a snail's chance in a resturant full of hungry Frenchmen.

Remember, he's part of the "Blame Obama for everything" crowd. Similar to the anti-Bushies. Two sides of the same coin.
 

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If I check your post history am I going to find similar sentiment about Obama and this oil spill?

No, you won't. Obama is the president. It's his job to mobilize the might of the United States to protect her citizens; which, as we all know, he failed at, miserably.

Obama is a national leader--supposed to be anyway. Tony Hayward is a blow-dried suit-n-tie wearin' mother****er that would just be in the way.
 

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Not a snail's chance in a resturant full of hungry Frenchmen.

Remember, he's part of the "Blame Obama for everything" crowd. Similar to the anti-Bushies. Two sides of the same coin.

Wasn't that you that was blaming the recession on Bush a while back? You ain't got no room to talk.

I thought we were going to have a civil little thread here. Reckon I should have known better than that, consdering the posters involved.
 

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From THE HILL: BP CEO Hayward relinquishes Gulf oil spill oversight role

Story excerpt:
BP’s embattled CEO, Tony Hayward — who has come under tough criticism from lawmakers — will no longer oversee the company’s day-to-day response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the oil company’s board chairman told British TV station Sky News on Friday.

BP Board Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg told the network that Hayward is “handing over the operation” to Bob Dudley, the company’s managing director.

If Hayward is no long the BP executive in charge of the Gulf oil spill, then why criticize him for taking time for some R&R? Haven't Hayward's critics on the Gulf coast ever heard of something called a Sabbath rest? Obviously Hayward's White House critics haven't heard of it.
 

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BP CEO does something, so let's rant about Obama. This is :lamo



It's not unreasonable to take note that Obama has been taking time off for golf. Both Obama and the BP CEO are, at least to the public eye, the "point men" in the effort to deal with the Gulf spill. For some to bash the BP guy for taking a few days off but not bash Obama for doing the same, is inconsistent.

Me, I'm not excited about either Obama's golfing or the CEO's yachting. So they took some time off from the crisis, so what? The truth is neither man is an expert in dealing with deep-water well problems or oil spills. The real experts will be working 100 hours a week and will be lucky to get a day off anytime this summer.
 

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Wasn't that you that was blaming the recession on Bush a while back? You ain't got no room to talk.

Come again? And you came to that conclusion how? The recession is partially the fault of Bush. And as I've said over the past 6 months, Clinton and the Republican Congress under him share much of it as well. Unlike you, I blame a variety of people. You just solely blame Obama. For everything.

I thought we were going to have a civil little thread here. Reckon I should have known better than that, consdering the posters involved.

It's hard when posters are extreme hacks who refuse to consider any position other then their own.
 

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I would like to point out that it isn't President Obama who is criticizing Hayward for taking time off for R&R. It is Rahm Emanuel who is criticizing Hayward. Unless Emanuel says that he is stating the President's opinion, then I will assume that Emanuel is stating his own opinion.

I am no fan of President Obama, but I do want to be fair to him.
 

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How is this any different than Department of the Interior chief of staff Tom Strickland taking a raft trip during the spill?
While Oil Slick Spread, Interior Department Chief of Staff Rafted with Wife on "Work-Focused" Trip in Grand Canyon - Political Punch
"Though his agency was charged with coordinating the federal response to the major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Department of the Interior chief of staff Tom Strickland was in the Grand Canyon with his wife last week participating in activities that included white-water rafting, ABC News has learned."
 

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This place is start to resemble Whistlestopper during its crazy period. Can we somehow section off the "Blame Bush/Obama for everything" crowd and then gas them or at least put a warning sign on their foreheads?

That's profoundly offensive. Really. Forget Whistestopper, the reference is to Nazis and the Holocaust and you suck!
 

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Does anyone honestly expect Hayward at this point to be able to do anything more? Sure it was a bad PR move, but c'mon.

Likewise, I don't expect a lawyer to be able to take charge of deep water drilling.

*expects flak from both insane righties and lefties*

I think people expect him to swim down to the bottom of the ocean and fix it, much like someone else. :neutral:

I dislike populism very much.
Every news story, it seems, is trying to stoke the fires of populist outrage.
 

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That's profoundly offensive. Really. Forget Whistestopper, the reference is to Nazis and the Holocaust and you suck!

Okay, how about gas them with nitrius oxide so they can't stop laughing and thus are unable to post?

You see Jeff Foxworthy's "Here's your Sign?" Totally need that here.
 

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i think people expect him to swim down to the bottom of the ocean and fix it, much like someone else. :neutral:

I dislike populism very much.
Every news story, it seems, is trying to stoke the fires of populist outrage.

Aquaman for President of the US and BP!!!! Best idea I've heard all year.
 

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If Hayward has any focus or responsibility still on this oil spill I think he should have been back at the home office in Britain working on it and not out on a yacht. I have a problem with this just as I have a problem with Obama golfing, watching concerts, and having vacations while all this was occurring. Golfing and some minor distractions COULD be viewed as simply exercise but it's also entertainment and a "game". Focus people --- we've got help being offered from all over the world we're not taking, the Jones act still not waived and local area's taking matters into their own hands at risk of breaking Federal law to protect their beaches and the people who live there and their way of life. I don't think it's so harsh or unreasonable for our "leaders" or the "CEO" of BP to ****ing focus on this for a few months of their life and put other things aside until it's cleaned up / fixed.

Rahm is an embarrassment and hypocrite. Obama is a fool for playing politics, agenda games and fiddling while "rome burned", and Hayward is an ignorant elitist. Let's not forget either that Hayward is no corporate capitalist pig the way he's being portrayed either... far from it.

Washington Examiner said:
But the Kerry-BP alliance for an energy bill that included a cap-and-trade scheme for greenhouse gases pokes a hole in a favorite claim of President Obama and his allies in the media — that BP’s lobbyists have fought fiercely to be left alone. Lobbying records show that BP is no free-market crusader, but instead a close friend of big government whenever it serves the company’s bottom line.

While BP has resisted some government interventions, it has lobbied for tax hikes, greenhouse gas restraints, the stimulus bill, the Wall Street bailout, and subsidies for oil pipelines, solar panels, natural gas and biofuels.


Now that BP’s oil rig has caused the biggest environmental disaster in American history, the Left is pulling the same bogus trick it did with Enron and AIG: Whenever a company earns universal ire, declare it the poster boy for the free market.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: Once a government pet, BP now a capitalist tool | Washington Examiner
 

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No, you won't. Obama is the president. It's his job to mobilize the might of the United States to protect her citizens; which, as we all know, he failed at, miserably.

Obama is a national leader--supposed to be anyway. Tony Hayward is a blow-dried suit-n-tie wearin' mother****er that would just be in the way.

Such socialism.
 

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Such socialism.

No, such looking out for the general welfare of the country. You know, like it says in the Constitution? Why is it all or none with Liberals?
 
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