June 20, 2010

As the oil spill continues, BP CEO Tony Hayward goes yachting

Posted: 12:50 PM ET

A posh weekend at an annual yacht race off the coast of England has embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward once again treading water in social media, and tweeting a defense.

After Hayward took a verbal pummeling on Capitol Hill last Thursday over his company's handling of the Gulf Coast oil spill, photos surfaced Saturday of the CEO spending this weekend clad in sunglasses and a ball cap at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race off Britain's Isle of Wight. His 52-foot yacht "Bob" was part of the festivities.

In an apparent response to the slew of online complaints about Hayward's weekend away and his management duties, BP tweeted Hayward's response Saturday: "Gulf response efforts remain my top priority. To assure continued focus, Bob Dudley will support me on this full-time to make it right.Tony."

But even the White House weighed in on the stark contrast of out-of-work fisherman on the Gulf and the glamour of the yacht race. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel spoke of Hayward's activities during an interview to be aired Sunday morning on ABC's "This Week."

"Well, to quote Tony Hayward, he's got his life back, as he would say," Emanuel said, according to a blog post from fill-in anchor Jake Tapper. Emanuel continued, "I think we can all conclude that Tony Hayward is not going to have a second career in PR consulting. This has just been part of a long line of PR gaffes and mistakes."

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill

Share this on:   June 20th, 2010 1:07 pm ET

In the past TWO months (and also in the next TWO months) BP has adopted (and will adopt) :::ONLY::: its own (and ALL failed) "methods" COMPLETELY IGNORING all the (SEVERAL THOUSANDS) ideas and suggestions (can, ALL them, be wrong???) that they have (FALSELY) asked for, from experts and common people.
So, the BP's "ask for ideas" was/is/will be a TOTAL LIE (like its "only 5,000 barrels spilled per day" claim...) and the 200,000,000 gallons of oil (already gushed or that will be spilled in the ocean in the next months) will be a complete BP's responsibility, since, it would AVOIDED, if BP would adopt one of the dozens possible ideas able to STOP the oil spill from the EARLY DAYS like (e.g.) the "crimping" of the damaged oil riser, using one or more of its giant SHEARS rather than cut the riser forever.

MAXINE BILLIOT   June 20th, 2010 1:18 pm ET


Stephen Laban   June 20th, 2010 1:21 pm ET

Hey –

Let's cut the guy a little slack. He's been through a lot. I for one thinks he needs this time away and being out on his boat is certainly mentally balancing. If I just went through his past 2months, I would certainly be out on my boat albeit she's only half the size of his. Didn't know he was a yachtsman – but now knowing his is, I am sure the fouling of the water hurts him very deeply.

Stephen Laban
Master of the s/v Ebb Tide III

bebobullet   June 20th, 2010 1:39 pm ET

You guys are idiots. Articles like this is why the liberal news media is disrespected. Twisting a story to make your viewpoint is just wrong. The transition to another individual has been in the plan for weeks. It was delayed so Tony could testify before congress. He needs to get his focus back on the rest of the company and let someone else focus on the GOM. He's been in a pressure cooker for 60 days and deserves a little down time with his family. He was mistreated by a bunch of legislators that probably can't tie their shoes without an aide to assist. He's been in a pressure cooker for 60 days and deserves a little down time with his family.

Michael   June 20th, 2010 1:51 pm ET

This monument to arrogance and criminal negligence, Tony Hayward, should be in prison not at a yacht race.

sara   June 20th, 2010 4:19 pm ET

oh come on!! it's father's day weekend, give the poor guy a break

Peter Craig   June 20th, 2010 5:00 pm ET

Tony Hayward has a tough job to do which can only be made harder by the sniping of ill informed, publicity seeking politicians from the land of the free – what a great record they have for screwing up at other peoples cost – wait and see how many greedy public figures are implicated by a proper investigation into what happened and how quickly they scuttle under their rocks.

cg w   June 20th, 2010 6:23 pm ET

What about Obama, didn't he play golf on Saturday?

BenedictObama   June 20th, 2010 7:17 pm ET

Obama is quite slick. In his biggest crisis and criticism he has faced. He goes on national television on Tuesday. He implies to Americans that BP and its British CEOs are the people behind this "assault on America". Obama also said that he "won’t rest rest until the leak in the Gulf is stopped", but at the end of the week he promptly goes off to see a baseball game, the Washington Nationals vs his Chicago White Sox. Then plays 7 rounds of golf with Joe Biden.

Christie   June 20th, 2010 8:13 pm ET

I think it's ridiculous for anyone to act as though Hayward is not allowed a break; it doesn't mean the gulf spill is not on his mind. it's particularly absurd for anyone from the administration to suggest his being out on the boat is a problem given that those in the administration have taken more than one day off since the gulf spill.

catherine ignatowski   June 20th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Must be nice, he's not worried about the oil spill, he's a jerk. That spill has damaged the water, peoples way of life and the death of little animals, and he's on a yacht. People in the gulf are probably really pissed about this. What an ass.

Smith in Oregon   June 21st, 2010 1:18 am ET

Yet another PR Gaffe, and literally in the faces of the Gulf residents whose interests are not in the pocket of Big Oil. You notice the Republican lawmakers in the Gulf States are already chomping at the bit to Drill baby drill which leads to Spill baby spill and ecocide.

Vitoria   June 21st, 2010 3:56 am ET

Perhaps he should take a dip at the gulf oil spill together with who is responsible for this environmental and animal killer disaster ,
I would like to see all the reports of how can this accident happen with all the advance technology in place !
someones greediness will cost the lives of innocent animals and long terms destruction for our environment and already shaken financial
recovering of the whole world .
we will all be affected in one way or the other !
Please pray for our beautiful and mistreated Planet !

Kitty   June 21st, 2010 6:13 am ET

Is it me or does Tony Hayward remind you of Tony Blair? As for the President golfing? So, what, he didn't cause the oil spill. He certainly should sleep at night as per not having "guilt". I am sure he needs the r&r.

JoeColorado   June 21st, 2010 7:28 am ET

Does anybody know what Mr Hayward's competences were that led to become CEO of BP? It appears that he is a big whiner, not assuming the responsibilities of a true chief commander . He is not a leader, nor helping his company.
He might be good to get along with investors... or was... that all is irrelevant now.
Time to spill come crude in his backyard, his car, his yacht. Guess he ever had the feeling and smell of crude in his life.

TJ and Cindy Johnson   June 21st, 2010 7:47 am ET

If the "small man" had to spend their fathers day out there trying to correct the "big mans" mistake, shouldn't it have only been fair they (the "big man") do the same.
You think Tony's gonna take a long weekend on the 4th of July?

Liddy   June 21st, 2010 10:36 am ET

Why is this any different than our President going on vacation to Illinois rather than spending a few moments honoring our fallen soldiers at Arlington Cemetary on Memorial Day?

Impartial   June 21st, 2010 2:39 pm ET

Has anyone stopped to ask why did the President went on a baseball outing and the president and vice president went on a golf outing last weekend? After all the BP chief was removed from day to day gulf cleanup activities by the BP chairman, but no one removed the president or the vice president from such duties!

beachkat   June 21st, 2010 3:48 pm ET

I hope he and his family suffocate like the animals in the oil are.
He is a liar, and I have no respect or compassion for such people.

Sean   June 21st, 2010 4:15 pm ET

I'm sure that Hayward is making a tad more than minimum wage. With that salary, and bonuses, comes a certain responsibility of leadership. When things are great I'm sure he's right there to collect his bonuses and take the credit. When things go wrong, you'd better be willing to take the blame and be on point until the problem's solved. That's the sacrifice that comes alongside the reward of his position.

Nobody should be making excuses for him. Father's day weekend? As if that's an excuse to shirk your responsibilities? How about all of the family fishermen whose livelihoods have been destroyed? What do you think they're doing on Father's Day? Relaxing carefree with their families on their private yachts or summer homes in the Hamptons? No, they're wondering how they're going to pay their mortgages and bills, how they're going to provide for their family in the face of the greed and arrogance that's destroyed their lives.

To be publicly enjoying himself only goes to demonstrate the type of person he is, and the attitude of the company he leads—as out of touch and unconcerned as they can possibly be, and relying on someone else to clean up their mess.

Joe G. (Illinois)   June 21st, 2010 4:26 pm ET

How about Burak Obama. Wasn’t he who got serenaded by Paul McCarty while all the same was going on? Or am I mistaken

cindy   June 24th, 2010 1:43 pm ET

WHo cares about "how much pressure Tony is under." OMG. He is killing a ton of wildlife,has lost people their jobs and their lives. He should be risking his life to correct the mistake

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