June 19th, 2010
06:57 PM ET
8 years ago

Ought the BP CEO not yacht?

'Gulf response efforts remain my top priority.' a tweet from BP's official Twitter account attributed to the embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward said Saturday.

'Gulf response efforts remain my top priority.' a tweet from BP's official Twitter account attributed to the embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward said Saturday.

(CNN) - A posh weekend at an annual yacht race off the coast of England has embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward once again treading water in social media, and tweeting a defense.

After Hayward took a verbal pummeling on Capitol Hill last Thursday over his company's handling of the Gulf Coast oil spill, photos surfaced Saturday of the CEO spending this weekend clad in sunglasses and a ball cap at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race off Britain's Isle of Wight. His 52-foot yacht "Bob" was part of the festivities.

In an apparent response to the slew of online complaints about Hayward's weekend away and his management duties, BP tweeted Hayward's response Saturday: "Gulf response efforts remain my top priority. To assure continued focus, Bob Dudley will support me on this full-time to make it right.Tony."

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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    This man should be incarcerated for his negligence!!

    Do you know the outrage the oil loving right would have had President Obama took any time off during this crisis? Meanwhile GW Bush took vacations during Katrina, and just before 9/11

    June 19, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Common Sense

    No matter who you are, "Bob" is not an acceptable name to give to your boat. Period.

    June 19, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Outraged

    So...you are out enjoying racing your yacht, while men and women of the Gulf coast sacrifice their health to clean up the beaches YOUR COMPANY fouled, just to try and make enough money to feed their families for the next month?

    That's disgusting. While I don't mind if higher-ups occasionally have a day off, I -do- mind when those higher-ups run companies that have devastated Americans' way of life.

    June 19, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Patty Patriot

    Ought not the so-called president of the USA be out golfing and flitting from party to party?

    June 19, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. George of the jungle

    don't see the repos bashing this guy just our president. Vote all repos out in November

    June 19, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. e.c.coleman

    And, so What?
    After the disgraceful, hateful grilling by a bunch of crude, rude
    Congressmen, he should have a day off.

    Nothing seems to stop obama from taking a weekly vacation, regardless of what is happening in the United States.

    He and Biden boarded a plane to go golfing this weekend.
    obama didn't care enough about the oil spill to even go look until he was forced to take a trip to the Gulf.

    The Radical Left had no right to treat the BP CEO in the mnanner this country witnesses on T.V., NOR did obama have a right to demean and insult Tony Hayward.

    There is no excuse whatsoever in the behavior of obama and the Democrats.

    June 19, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Hendrik

    As much as this sounds bad, if I was Tony Hayward I would be long gone too. What are we thinking when we take BPs Chairman's words about small people to be an insult? We all knew what he meant but we, Americans, are so easily offended. We are like children in a tizzy.

    We need to act like the adults we are supposed to be. We would not accept this behavior from our children. Oh, sorry, we learned it from our children.

    June 19, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. gg

    you,d think after the alaska spill the leaders in the gulf states would have been prepared for a oil disaster, with the number of rigs they allowed off the coast, or had oil company ready in case.this could happen again

    June 19, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. honestmistake

    Obama said he was in charge, not Hayward. He wanted that to be very clear. So where is the uproar about his social calendar.

    June 19, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Goofus

    Just take care of the leak and quit grandstanding for whatever purpose political or otherwise ! Nobody wanted this to occur !

    June 19, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Nestor, Austin, TX

    How about we make this deal? Tony Heyward stops yachting when President Obama stops playing golf, basketball and hosting concerts.

    June 19, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. Steve in Sunny Florida

    The thing that puzzles me the most with all this: why would someone name their boat "Bob"?

    June 19, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. Patsy, Texas

    AND, his beloved yacht named "Bob" has an estimated value of
    AND, "....Bob Dudley will support me on this", "this" being a tragedy
    caused by his Company, and NO ONE ELSE!
    AND, George Bush STARTED two wars, then went on to break
    the record of vacation days taken by a President. He spent
    approximately one-third of his Presidency on vacation-to be exact,
    977 days.
    So, to all you defenders of Joe Barton and BP, and to all you
    critics of President Obama for spending some time at a baseball
    game, I say, GIVE IT A REST!
    He did not cause the oil spill, he did not start the wars, yet you have
    the gall to criticize him for going to a baseball game?
    Your song and dance is really getting old.

    June 19, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. The Truth, Please...I Just Want The Truth

    THIS is a perfect example of WHY a corporate Chief Embezelling Officer (aka CEO) should NOT hold public office...these people live in a very different world from people like you and I.

    Let's make sure that corporate crooks like Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina do NOT get elected this November.

    June 19, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. evensteven

    I don't think the guy deserves to be constantly crucified for this disaster. The disaster is the result of many things coming together, including each person's dependency on oil in this country. Yes, it is a horrible mess, but BP is trying to make things right. It's as if everyone is taking all their personal frustrations and projecting them on either this man Hayward or the President. What good is it doing? We should be praying for these people instead of cursing them. Things will become a whole lot better the sooner we quit throwing this enormous anger toward convenient targets.

    June 19, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. Steven M.

    His 52-foot yacht "Bob". Either Hayward spent several weeks putting thought into what he might name his yacht and then gave up, or it's one of those new 52' long x 4' wide boats designed for the uncreative.

    June 19, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    I think every NORMAL person needs PERSONAL time once or twice a month to do something fun and relaxing.

    The congress of our US goes home every weekend (at our expense) maybe we should hit THEM with questions as to what they do. The governor of each state, mayor of each town, have time to themselves.

    Even most people that work have a weekend off to do what they want.

    It's only the gossip columns that go 24/7 for 365 days a year in this country.

    June 19, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. John

    I guess you got your life back Tony. Nice. You could have sailed into Gulf coast, but no. Realy? Realy?

    June 19, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. ajax

    No different than the president going to a base ball game or playing golf. Seems to be contagious !!!!

    June 19, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. Evan

    What does it matter WHERE he is? You heard him before congress. He has no part in any decision making. He sits in a closet with his head in a bag, and lets the company just sort of go. So what does it matter where he is or what he's doing?

    June 19, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. Ann Brodie

    Obama was at a Ball game last night and not only does he have the oil spill on his hands but two wars plus a lot of other problems to deal with.
    B.P. has a lot to answer for but they would never have got away with it without sloppy regulatiopsn and inspections.When there is a criminal investigation going how could Congress expect Tony Hayward to answereother than he did.Stop the blame game..Accept reponsibility.
    Have we forgotten Driil Baby Driill in the Presidentila Election.

    June 19, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  22. DFW Guy

    The CEO of BP must be from Ireland. The "little people" are actually leprechauns and he's looking for a pot of gold.

    June 19, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. Joe Gerrity

    1. It's a sailboat, not a yacht.

    2. Everyone makes it seem like Hayward was on the rig, lighting a fuse. The guy was thousands of miles away.

    3. Everyone needs a day or two off. It refreshes the mind and allows you to think clearly.

    June 19, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. C Hepburn

    Did you all forget it was the US government that did not do the inspection as they were supposed to. Do they not share in some responsibility? Could you imagine driving a car without any inspection, other than the person saying it is ok. BP is not solely at fault, Transocean did not follow protcol either. It is terrible, all one can do is try to fix it, After the beating the government gave him he deserves a week off, not a weekend. It was like asking how was your fridge put together when you bought it, but did not assemble it myself. Come on take some responsibility for your own government's lazy actions too.

    June 19, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  25. southern cousin

    No he should not, just like that fraudulent, corrupt inept president we have should not be playing golf and making Ohio workers loose a day of pay so he can lie about what a success that disasterous union bailout he calls a stimulus plan is. He should be rescinding the Jones Act so that we can clean up the oil spill faster rather than protecting the corrupt unions that he so loves.

    June 19, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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