Obama Strongly Critical of BP CEO Tony Hayward
President Obama is feeling the stress from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that just does not want to subside. Particularly upset and critical of comments made by BP CEO Tony Hayward in the aftermath of the ongoing disaster such as “the Gulf is a big ocean” and “I want my life back.”
During an interview with NBC Mr Obama was asked about the comments Mr Hayward was making. The President replied without any uncertainty “He wouldn’t be working for me after any of those statements.”
The U.S. President went on to say, he had visited the Louisiana Coast “so I know whose ass to kick”. These strong words were used in the wake of polls showing that many Americans think he has handled the ongoing disaster poorly. The subject of what could have been done to make things better and by who, is still up for debate in the wake of such a huge and complex disaster.
On three occasions Mr Obama has inspected the Coast with experts in oil spills and talked personally to fishermen and worried locals. He felt he received a better idea of which direction to move in by talking to local members instead of just experts.
The president has made it clear to reporters and the public that he is committed to seeing the Gulf region restored to a condition better than it was before the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank on 20 April, 2010.
It is estimated that between 12,000 and 24,000 barrels of oil are leaking out every day. The recently installed containment cap captures around 11,000 barrels of oil, leaving quite a shortfall for the environment to contend with.
As far as Tony Hayward goes, he is not exactly having the time of his life either. Due to threats to his family there is an ongoing police presence around the family home. More recently, the New York Daily News has called him “the most hated and clueless man in America”.
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