BP CEO Gets Life Back, During Weekend Yacht Race With ‘Bob’
June 21, 2010
(ChattahBox)—- The environmental group Greenpeace, said Tony Hayward’s cavalier behavior is “rubbing salt into the wounds.” Poor beleaguered BP CEO, Tony Hayward just wanted a little personal weekend time with “Bob.” Who is Bob you might ask? Hayward’s super secret gay lover? His trusty canine companion? Nope, it’s the name of his 52-foot yacht, which lists for $700,000. Hayward attended a prestigious yacht race on Saturday at the Isle of Wight, in which his yacht competed and came in fourth. And the optics of a privileged tone-deaf CEO, who recently whined, “I’d like my life back,” enjoying such a ritzy event, as millions of gallons of oil continues to spew into the Gulf, set off outrage over the weekend.
Even the GOP, a party that characterized Obama’s extraction from BP of a $20 billion victims compensation fund a Chicago-style “shakedown,” joined in the criticism. During an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) demanded Hayward’s resignation, calling his attendance at a yachting race in England the “height of stupidity.”
BP responded to the criticism, saying the race provided “a rare moment of private time” for Hayward and “no matter where he is, he is always in touch with what is happening within BP.” And company spokesman Robert Wine, said “He’s spending a few hours with his family at a weekend. I’m sure that everyone would understand that.”
“He noted Hayward is a well known as a fan of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, one of the world’s largest, which attracts more than 1,700 boats and 16,000 sailors as famous yachtsmen compete with wealthy amateurs in a 50-nautical mile course around the island at England’s southern tip.”
Meanwhile, on Monday, BP announced that Hayward’s scheduled appearance at the World National Oil Companies Congress in London on Tuesday, has been canceled. Spokesman Jon Pack, said the appearance was canceled due to Hayward’s “very heavy schedule of commitments to the Gulf of Mexico.”
And despite calls for his resignation, BP issued a statement today noting that Hayward has no plans to resign.
Photo Credit: J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island race website.