BP CEO’s Parting Words Just Stoke the Flames of US Anger
July 28, 2010
(ChattahBox) – He could have left quietly, but outgoing BP CEO Tony Hayward seemed to decide he needed to take one more parting shot before he left his seat of power. What was that shot? Claiming that he was demonized and vilified.
According to RAW, Hayward spoke in a conference call, where he said that he was sad to go.
“This is a very sad day for me personally. I became the public face and was demonised and vilified. BP cannot move on in the US with me as its leader. Life isn’t fair.”
No, Tony, life isn’t fair. It isn’t fair that you were seen as a sole cause of this, any more than the former leader of the MMS was seen as the sole problem.
But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t in a large way your fault. You operated in a risky manner, overseeing the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. The explosion led to the deaths of 11 people, and it took you months to get the leak fixed.
Your predecessor wasn’t just chosen because he is an American, as some sources have suggested (though the PR is sure to help). He was ch0sen because under his direction the cleanup has progressed much more than you could have managed.
Maybe you did become the public face of this crisis, but that is because it happened on your watch. You should have been thrown out on your ass a long time ago, around the time when MMS chief Elizabeth Birnbaum was ousted from her seat.
So, we are sorry if we have made you feel unfairly treated. But you deserve it, so cowboy up and take it.