Tony Hayward Says He Could Have Used Acting Lessons

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Ex-BP CEO Tony Hayward thinks that, when it came to this summer's oil spill, he'd have been better off having had training as an actor rather than as a geologist. He also thinks the media should have left well enough alone when it came to the yachting business:

I have to confess, at the time I was pretty angry actually. I hadn't seen my son for three months. I was on the boat for six hours, between the hours of midnight and six o'clock in the morning US time and I'm not certain I'd do anything different. I wanted to see my son. The only way I could see my son was to be with him on a boat race he was on.
All this and more he reveals in an interview for a BBC documentary, summarized in The Guardian. So far, it isn't winning him any more friends.
  • No Deal  "The men who died during the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon will not see their children again, and many people who were involved in the clean-up were probably away from their families for weeks, perhaps months," writes 24/7 Wall St.'s Douglas McIntyre. Hayward's complaints look pretty weak by comparison.
  • Sob  Humor site Wonkette's Riley Waggaman wins the prize for most descriptive transition:
And while we're on the subject (assholes): Tony Hayward isn't even a little bit sorry for playing croquet and eating cucumber sandwiches on his yacht while the Gulf of Mexico filled up with delicious oil.
  • Hayward's Full of It--and So Are Many Americans  "Hayward seems to feel sorriest that BP didn't have a better contingency plan for facing the media in light of the spill," observes Brian Merchant at TreeHugger. But though he personally finds that attitude "troubling," he does seem to think Hayward may, in one sense, have a decent grasp of the situation:
He's sorry that he wasn't able to fix the spill sooner, and he's bummed that he bungled the spill response in the media -- and really, those are the things most Americans are sorry about too. Most Americans would have been much more satisfied if Hayward appeared to be competent, and if BP had a plan in place to deal with the spill -- even if it spewed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf and killed a few people along the way.
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