BP’s Tony Hayward Attends Glitzy British Yacht Event

Saturday, June 19, 2010

On the same day tar balls of oil washed up on Pensacola Beach, BP’s chief Tony Hayward spent Saturday attending a glitzy yacht event near England’s Isle of Wight and sail his yacht, the Bob.

And as bloggers and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook exploded with outrage, BP spokespeople rushed to defend Hayward from the big meanie Americans.

Hayward, who has drawn withering criticism as the public face of BP’s failure to halt the worst oil spill in U.S. history, was demoted as CEO Friday, following his less than stellar appearance before the U.S. Congress.

Robert Wine, a BP spokesman at the company’s Houston headquarters, said it was the first break that Hayward has had since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and setting off the undersea oil gusher.

“He’s spending a few hours with his family at a weekend. I’m sure that everyone would understand that,” Wine said Saturday. “He will be back to deal with the response. It doesn’t detract from that at all.”

Wine described the race as “one of the biggest sailing events in the world and he’s well known to have a keen interest in it.”

The image of Hayward hobnobbing with millionaires and their yachts is likely to anger people along the Gulf, who are struggling to fight a war against as much as 120 million gallons of oil. Oil has washed up along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida, killing birds, fish, turtles and porpoises, and suffocating delicate marshes and wetlands and covering pristine beaches with tar balls of oil.

Hayward already angered many in the U.S. when he was quoted in the Times of London as suggesting that Americans were particularly likely to file bogus liability claims. He later shocked residents in Louisiana by telling them that no one wanted to resolve the crisis as badly as he did because “I’d like my life back.”

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13 Responses to BP’s Tony Hayward Attends Glitzy British Yacht Event

  1. Seabec says:

    I hope Hayward gets his ass kicked by a group of angry, unemployed Louisiana shrimpers, out of luck, out of work, out of money, and out of patience.

    Hopefully, they will find him floating face up in the oil choked Gulf waters.

  2. Brigadoon says:

    They should try stuffing his ass down that oil well and see if they can use his body to slow the flow of oil. I know he’s a scrawny little Brit but, he’s all waist so maybe it would work?

  3. Mets Fan says:

    In all fairness, President Obama spent Friday night at a Washington Nationals/Chicago White Sox baseball game.

    Both President Obama and Tony Hayward, seem oddly detached from the events in the Gulf region.

    Perhaps, this is what is referred to as creating balance? But, the overall picture is of two powerful men not particularly invested in the Gulf disaster.

  4. Harry says:

    Everyone knows Hayward is an elitist pig but what is up with BP Houston defending him? I mean, STFU.

  5. R.J. says:

    What a frickin’ snob. When I get a break I’m lucky if I can afford to leave the city limits.

  6. nancydrew says:

    There really is a Bertie Wooster quality to this guy.

  7. Walk on Socks says:

    I heard Hayward is planning to return to the Gulf region next month to “survey progress.”

    A couple of questions?

    1. Why? The US State Dept. shouldn’t allow Hayward into the country unless he’s headed to court to stand trial.

    2. Progress? What progress? As Christopher pointed out, the oil has reached Pensacola, FL.

    Too bad the Pentagon didn’t send a drone up to blast “the Bob” out of water with Hayward on it.

  8. Smooch says:

    Anyone seen the British print media?

    I bet they’re defending Hayward from his army of US critics. The Brits love this guy and the retired Brits love the retirement money they get from their stock portfolio which is invested in BP.

  9. Dartanyon1971 says:

    You’re a tough crowd.

    The guy made decisions leading to the destruction of the Gulf of Mexico. He’s exhausted now and needs a good rest to recharge. 🙂

  10. feminazi says:

    These powerful men, like Tony Hayward and President Obama, seem to have an innate ability to compartmentalize tragedy and still play. In Obama’s case, he reportedly played golf yesterday. Hayward, on the other hand, went sailing. When I think of how I would feel in light of causing the oil spill and all the damage it resulted in, I honestly think I would be ill and unable to get out of bed, let alone play golf or go sailing.

  11. Guest says:

    Check this out “I Want to Live Like Common People” BP and the Great PR Divide” http://blogs.hbr.org/watkins/2010/06/i_want_to_live_like_common_peo.html

  12. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    It’s not a matter that Tony Hayward doesn’t get it.

    He doesn’t give a shit. He’s a British elite and having to deal with these lowly Americans is a nuisance to him.

  13. Jim says:

    The “bob.” Gag me.

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