Tuesday, 25 January 2011

BP CEO’s Weekend Yacht Outing Angers Gulf Residents

Having apparently gotten his life back, BP CEO Tony Hayward spent the weekend on a yacht outing, racing around the Isle of Wight in an annual race that the yachting enthusiast rarely misses. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, discussing the beleaguered chief’s actions, noted, "Well, to quote Tony Hayward, he’s got his life back, as he would say. Emanuel continued, "And 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"

Indeed, Mr. Emanuel, because PR does not make problems go away, as much as you and your boss might like it to be so. Apparently not understanding anything of any real substance, however, Emanuel wanted to point out that BP has bad PR. We can only assume that Emanuel is left to spin things for the administration and is in no way let in on any important talks about how to actually get things done.

A spokesman for BP, responding to criticism over the company chief taking time off for a yacht outing, noted, "Still, no matter where he is, he is always in touch with what is happening within BP." U.S. politicians were less than pleased nonetheless, with Republican Senator Richard Shelby, of Alabama, noting, "I can tell you, that yacht ought to be here skimming and cleaning up a lot of the oil." Indeed, Senator Shelby, just as you and your colleagues in Congress should be working for the American people instead of to promote your own self-interest under the guise of civil service.

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